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Detectives Investigating Shooting Of Two Women Near Newman

NEWMAN (CBS13) — Detectives in Stanislaus county looking are looking for clues, a motive and a suspect after 2 women were found shot to death in a remote area near Interstate 5, west of Newman. It was just before 11 PM Friday night when a call came in of a “drive-by” shooting. Stanislaus County deputies and Newman police officers raced to the scene, a remote area near I-5 and found two women inside a vehicle, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The women were unresponsive, CPR was unsuccessful and both were declared dead at the scene.   Detectives are giving few details about the killings, refusing to confirm the identities or ages of the  2 female victims, or even that they died as a result of drive-by shooting. “We found two victims  but what actually transpired is something our detectives will be working on over the next few days, to figure out exactly what led up to  how they were shot and hopefully we have some witnesses out there as it’s a remote area of the county” Stanislaus County Sheriff’s spokesman Sergeant Anthony Bejaran said detectives are considering a number of scenarios including a possible road rage incident taken to the extreme, or that the women knew their killers and might have been lured to their death. A woman who lives a few hundred yards from the crime scene told CBS13, the area has been a late night hangout for El Norte gang members, and recently has been the scene of loud auto racing and other activity, which these tire skid marks seem to also suggest. Detectives hope to release more information on the victims sometime Monday and at this time say they have no suspects. This is the second double homicide in Stanislaus County this month. On October 12th 2 men were found shot to death, their bodies found behind a home near Oakdale…authorities say the double killings occurred at opposite ends of the county and at this point, they do not believe they are connected.


I am writing this while flying thousands of feet above the ground.  As I look out the window to my left I see what appears to be a blanket of puffy clouds covering as far as I can see.  Under the clouds there is nothing but flat lands in the center of the United States.  The sun is still shining as we fly west back to Sacramento and it feels like we are chasing the sunshine all the way home.  We will get two hours of time back as we fly westward but nobody on this plane seems to care about that.  I am with the Sacramento State football team that just won at North Dakota 34-27.  This may not seem like a big deal to most but it is to this crew.  It has been over two years since this team has won a road game, 2014 at UC Davis to be exact.  That was a bus trip across the Causeway and still a road win but this flight home is sweet.  Road wins are special.  We have a little over 100 people on our charter flight and to enjoy it with them is priceless.  Players, coaches, staff, trainers, administrators, parents, etc., all in all this is one happy group of Hornets. This team won with their 4th string quarterback.  They stayed poised, under control and did it together.  Offensively a run heavy game plan turned into timely big play passes for 34 points.  The defense created turnovers and got the game clinching stop.  Special teams contributed too with field goals, great coverages and a blocked field goal.  They did it together and now they enjoy it together. This team is now 4-3 and 3-1 in the Big Sky.  This marks only the third time ever in the Big Sky that the Hornets have started 3-1.  Head Coach Jody Sears, who was celebrating his birthday, has preached team play and he and the coaching staff got just that.  The team could have used excuses but they didn’t.  They just played and played well.  Toughness, togetherness, and a team victory resulted.  Together we now head home as a group.  As I look around the plane, the coaches are already watching game film.  The players are either sleeping, talking, or listening to music on their headphones.  Meanwhile I am enjoying the beauty of the view out the window and thinking about the impressive win.  I am anxious to see where this team will go as they continue to chase the sunshine.  Happy Birthday coach and Go Hornets.  Stingers Up.

No. 13 Notre Dame Slays No. 11 USC 49-14

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brandon Wimbush passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more, Josh Adams added three touchdown runs and No. 13 Notre Dame took advantage of three turnovers by No. 11 Southern California to win 49-14 on Saturday night. The Fighting Irish (6-1) turned all three USC turnovers into touchdowns, giving them their first victory against USC (6-2) when the Trojans were ranked since a 38-10 victory in 1995. The turnovers came on a fumble and interception by Sam Darnold and a dropped punt by Jack Jones as Notre Dame posted a surprisingly easy victory in this long and storied series that dates to 1926, opening up a 28-0 lead at the half. “The turnovers were key for us in the first half and being opportunistic, which really we’ve been all year offensively,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. Adams had an 84-yard touchdown run and finished with 191 yards on 19 carries. Wimbush ran for 106 yards on 14 carries as the Irish amassed 377 yards on the ground. It was the fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season for Adams, quickest to 2,000 rushing yards in Notre Dame history at 316 carries. It took George Gipp 323 carries to set the mark. It was the third 100-yard rushing game for Wimbush, who was coming back from missing a game with an injured right foot. Wimbush still wasn’t sharp passing, completing 9 of 19 passes for 120 yards. But he came up with key passes when needed. Linebacker Te’Von Coney, starting because Greer Martini injured his knee during the bye week, got the Irish going on a strip sack of Darnold on USC’s first play from scrimmage after Darnold bobbled the snap. Wimbush threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Equanimeous St. Brown three plays later. Darnold completed 20 of 29 passes, but could not overcome the turnovers or USC being held to 76 yards rushing, including minus-4 in the first half. He threw two touchdown passes, the first cutting Notre Dame’s lead to 28-7. “I thought Notre Dame was really well prepared. I thought they played an excellent game. We helped them by mistakes,” USC coach Clay Helton said. Kelly said beating a rival and recapturing the Jeweled Shillelagh trophy were big, but said he expects the Irish to keep playing at this level. “We want to be unique. Unique means this is not the crown jewel for us. We want more. This was a great victory, we’re excited about the win, beating a very good USC team, but our guys want to be unique. So there’s more out there for them.” THE TAKEAWAY USC: The Trojans continue to shoot themselves in the foot with turnovers, with 19 on the season. Darnold is responsible for all but three. USC can still win the Pac-12 title, but a playoff berth appears nearly impossible. “Got a sad football team in there right now. We’ll live and learn from this,” Helton said. Notre Dame: The Irish, just a season removed from an embarrassing 4-8 season, showed they deserve to be back in the national discussion and kept alive their hopes of ending a 29-year title drought. POLL IMPLICATIONS USC: A second straight loss will drop the Trojans, the question is whether the blowout loss will drop them all the way out. Notre Dame: The Irish, whose only loss was by a point to No. 3 Georgia, have a chance to move into the top 10. IRISH DEFENSE The Irish have held their opponent to 20 points or less in every game this season as USC running back Ronald Jones II’s streak of 13 straight games with a touchdown came to an end. UP NEXT USC: The Trojans play at Arizona State. Notre Dame: The Irish face another ranked opponent in No. 16 North Carolina State.

Body Identified After Being Found In Southern California Cave

CRESTLINE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have identified a body that was discovered buried in a Southern California cave after someone saw a hand sticking out of the ground. San Bernardino County coroner’s investigators say she’s 32-year-old Jessica Widner of Lake Arrowhead. The woman’s body was discovered Thursday night in a cave in Crestline, a community in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. A woman contacted authorities to save she had seen a human hand sticking out of the ground near a glass bottle dump. Sheriff’s deputies found a small cave dug into a hillside and the body was inside the cave. Authorities say it appears part of the cave may have collapsed and buried the woman. Her body was recovered Friday.

Fake Bomb Shuts Down Planned Parenthood Office

WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a phony bomb left outside a Los Angeles-area Planned Parenthood office shut down the center for about three hours before the hoax was discovered. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were alerted to a suspicious package in front of the building in Whittier Saturday morning. It appeared to be a length of pipe with wires sticking out. Deputies evacuated the Planned Parenthood and nearby buildings and streets. Explosives experts used a robotic device to blow up the device. It was determined to be a fake that didn’t contain any explosives. It’s unclear who may have left the device and no arrests have been made.

Fox Renewed O’Reilly Contract Despite Knowledge Of Sexual Harassment Allegations

NEW YORK (AP) — The parent company of the Fox News Channel says it knew a news analyst planned to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O’Reilly when it renewed the popular personality’s contract in February. The New York Times reported Saturday the company renewed O’Reilly’s contract after he reached a $32 million settlement with the analyst. In a statement, 21st Century Fox defended its decision because it said O’Reilly had settled the matter personally. It also said O’Reilly and the woman had agreed the financial terms would be kept confidential. The company says O’Reilly’s new contract had added protections that allowed Fox to dismiss him if other allegations surfaced. O’Reilly was ousted months later when it was revealed Fox had paid five women a total of $13 million to keep quiet about harassment allegations. Mark Fabiani, a spokesman for O’Reilly, said in a statement Saturday that after 21st Century Fox fired founding CEO Roger Ailes in 2015 following harassment charges, dozens of women accused scores of male employees at Fox News Channel of harassment. The 77-year-old Ailes died in Palm Beach, Florida, last May. 21st Century Fox paid out close to $100 million dollars to settle all the cases, Fabiani said, adding that in O’Reilly’s 20 years working at the channel not one complaint was filed against him by a co-worker, even on an anonymous hotline. The news analyst’s allegations included repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to the woman, according to people briefed on the matter who spoke to The New York Times. As part of the terms of their agreement, the woman signed an affidavit, dated Jan. 17 and obtained by the newspaper, stating that the two sides had resolved their dispute and that she had no claims against O’Reilly concerning any of the allegations in the draft complaint. All photos, text messages and other communications between the two would be destroyed, the newspaper reported. The settlement was by far the largest of a half dozen deals made by O’Reilly or the company to settle harassment allegations against the host, according to the newspaper. It was reached in January. A month later, 21st Century Fox granted O’Reilly a four-year extension on a $25 million-a-year contract. In April, it fired him. Fabiani said the newspaper’s account was false and taken out of context. The New York Times said it stands by its reporting. “Mr Fabiani addresses everything but what the story actually says. This article, like our previous reporting on the subject, is accurate and deeply reported and we welcome any challenge to the facts,” the newspaper said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Saturday. Formerly the most-watched figure in cable news, O’Reilly has called his firing from the Fox News Channel a “political hit job” and that his network’s parent company made a business decision to get rid of him. O’Reilly also has said his conscience was clear in how he dealt with women. The company said it has taken numerous steps to change its workplace environment. “21st Century Fox has taken concerted action to transform Fox News, including installing new leaders, overhauling management and on-air talent, expanding training, and increasing the channels through which employees can report harassment or discrimination,” Fox said in a statement emailed to the AP. “These changes come from the top, with Lachlan and James Murdoch personally leading the effort to promote civility and respect on the job, while maintaining the company’s long-held commitment to a diverse, inclusive and creative workplace.” O’Reilly hosts his “No Spin News” podcast on his website,, contributes to Glenn Beck’s radio program on TheBlaze and continues to write books in his best-selling series of historical “Killing” books, including his newest release, “Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence.”

Guards Shoot And Kill Inmate, Wound Second At New Folsom Prison

FOLSOM (AP/CBS13) — Guards have killed an inmate and critically wounded another at  California State Prison Sacramento, also known as “New Folsom Prison.” The state corrections department says it happened Friday afternoon at the prison in the Sacramento area as guards tried to break up a fight in the recreation yard CSP Sacramento. Authorities say two inmates armed with stabbing weapons attacked a third man. Guards used pepper-spray grenades and other non-lethal weapons and fired a warning shot from a rifle. But officials say the attack continued and another inmate joined in. A guard then fired two more rifle shots, striking two inmates. Thirty-eight-year-old Jamie Mardis died. The other inmate is in critical condition. Two other inmates were treated for minor injuries.  California Department Of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials say two inmate-manufactured weapons were found near the scene of the fight. Mardis was serving 11 years for robbery and another two years for carrying a deadly weapon in prison.

Police Say Newborn’s Dad Sold Heroin In Hospital Maternity Ward

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he sold heroin in the hospital maternity ward room where people were visiting his newborn daughter. Twenty-five-year-old Cody Hulse was arraigned Friday on charges including heroin delivery and endangering the welfare of children. The Tribune-Review reports he declined to comment afterward. Authorities say Hulse got busted after Greensburg police stopped a vehicle Thursday and found heroin and paraphernalia. The occupants told police they had just bought the drugs from Hulse at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Police say they went to the maternity room and confronted Hulse, who acknowledged selling the drugs and who had heroin in his pocket. Police say Hulse’s girlfriend, the baby’s mother, told them she didn’t know about the drug deals. Online court records don’t list a defense attorney.

Wildfires Affect Vineyard Workers And Owners

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back, spending days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines for safety.

As the danger drew closer, grape pickers spread word of the threat and helped neighbors pack their homes. The owner of an elite golf resort abandoned his home to try to save his golf course. The deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history imperiled both the low-wage workers who harvest the nation’s most valuable wine grapes and the wealthy entrepreneurs who employ them. Vintners were suddenly plunged into the same desperate struggle as their laborers, with everyone fighting to preserve the things most precious to them — families, belongings and businesses. On the public beach campgrounds where hundreds of evacuees escaped the flames, the affluent slept alongside migrant workers and combed through donated supplies. “We had people in Mercedes and Lexuses showing up” with soot on their faces after losing everything, said Patty Ginochio, a volunteer who helped feed, house and clothe evacuees. Even some of the well-off “had nothing but the clothes on their back. It’s humbling.” If anything, the fires seemed to target the affluent, blackening leafy suburban developments and hilltop estates more than the flatlands where many farm workers and middle-class families live. Winery owners with multiple houses will take vastly different roads to recovery than the grape pickers who lost the only rental home they could hope to afford. But for a short time, fire was the great leveler in a region where the wealthiest 1 percent of people makes 20 times more than the rest. Everybody thinks the winery owners are “rich guys and rich families, and they’re above everything,” said Adam Mariani, a fourth-generation farmer whose family runs the Scribe Winery in Sonoma. “But the truth is people are completely bootstrapping here” and worried about the effect of the fires on their livelihood. The harvest was winding down on Oct. 8 as Gonzalo Jauregui worked an overnight grape-picking shift intended to protect workers and the fruit from the heat of the day. Around 10 p.m., a gale blew into the vineyard outside of Sonoma with a strength that the 45-year-old had never seen before. “We saw the power lines bouncing against each other and trees losing their branches and sparks flying,” Jauregui recalled. The grape harvesters ran to their cars. Dozens of other blazes were erupting at the same time across wine country, and Jauregui “could see the fire coming down the mountain.” At the Scribe Winery, the winds disrupted a dinner among the vines, upending table settings. Diners who had hoped to linger over their meals were driven inside. Kelly Mariani, one of the family members there, recalled the ominous rattle of rattlesnakes in dry grass as the wind rose. By midnight, flames had burned a neighbor’s home and were creeping down an oak ridge toward the winery buildings and family homes. “There were hurricane winds. The house was rattling. The dog was barking,” said Adam Mariani, whose family has worked for a decade to rebuild the winery, which was eradicated during Prohibition and turned into a turkey farm. As fires came over ridge after ridge above the wine valleys, Manuel Contreras lingered for days at a Sonoma apartment complex housing mostly migrant workers like him. He helped neighbors pack belongings and find transportation and shelters. “I want to be the last person out,” he said. While he spoke, firefighters and sheriff’s deputies went house to house and business to business to warn people that the flames were expected to arrive within hours. But, Contreras said, authorities never came to tell the Spanish-speaking workers. “We were waiting for them to come to tell us” it was finally time to go, he said. The grape workers finally joined the evacuation when they saw streams of cars racing out of town. At Napa’s championship Silverado golf resort, former PGA master Johnny Miller climbed to the roof of the white-pillared country club with a garden hose to save the clubhouse himself. He taped other hoses to the rails of balconies to spray water down on embers. In one of the mansions near the course was Tim Wall, whose businesses include Rug Doctor carpet-cleaning and the golf resort. He made sure his family and animals were safe and left his home to its fate. Then he fought to save the golf course. “I hadn’t thought of it that way,” Wall said of his decision to choose the course over his home. “If the house burned down, it wouldn’t be near the impact, economically or otherwise, to myself or other people.” The home survived. In Sonoma County, Jauregui and his co-workers and neighbors sped home through smoke. They woke their families, then pounded on doors of their apartment building to wake others. Adam Mariani, with help from a changing cast of relatives, friends, neighbors and passing crews of firefighters, used shovels and tractors to gouge firebreaks in the dirt. Mariana and his brother figured their homes were lost, but they fought to save the winery’s restored hacienda, a landmark from the days of California’s first wine makers in the 1850s. When Adam needed to rest, he drove his car to the middle of the vineyards, where the live rows would resist fire. The firebreaks, along with helicopter water drops from a reservoir maintained by the Gundlach-Bundschu winery and the vineyards themselves, helped crews finally turn the corner on the wildfires a week after the blazes began. In all, more than 100,000 acres burned in Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties, and more than 100,000 people evacuated. Even as the flames eased, winery employees and owners alike faced economic fears. Many had gone more than a week without work, and months of rebuilding lay ahead. Shelters, soup kitchens and donation centers opened. Near Jauregui’s home, 2,500 returned evacuees lined up last Wednesday for free lunches. That day, he knocked on the doors of a bakery and other businesses to ask for work. Scribe employees returned Wednesday, many for the first time. The green and gold landscape was etched with dark char lines. Blackened trees surrounded the winery on three sides. But the old hacienda, the homes and the winery buildings still stood. Winery workers came back with red eyes. Adam Mariani enfolded them in his arms. “It’s all here,” he said.

Giants Reassign Pitching Coach Dave Righetti, Other Staffers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have reassigned longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti from manager Bruce Bochy’s field staff to special assistant to the general manager, working under Bobby Evans.

The club announced Righetti’s role change to the front office Saturday, along with bullpen coach Mark Gardner moving into a special assignment job assisting in pitching evaluations. Assistant hitting coach Steve Decker is now a special assistant in baseball operations. San Francisco went 64-98 for a last-place finish in the NL West and avoided the franchise’s first 100-loss season since 1985 during the final weekend of the regular season. The Giants, long defined by dominant pitching, had a 16th-ranked 4.50 team ERA and missed ace Madison Bumgarner for nearly three months after a dirt bike accident in Colorado. Right-hander Johnny Cueto also missed significant time on the disabled list with various injuries.