CHICAGO (CBS) —
Calls for action against R. Kelly are getting louder, amid continuing accusations he’s a serial sexual abuser.
More women are coming forward, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The Chicago studio space, rented by Kelly, is embroiled in the controversy.
Now, he’s being kicked out.
A protest outside this west loop building leased by Kelly is part of the continued fallout from a docuseries about the Chicago born singer.
The group is urging action and a boycott of Kelly’s music after women claimed they were sexually abused and mistreated by Kelly in the Lifetime documentary, Surviving R Kelly
In some cases, the women say they were underage. In other cases, they say it took place in that very studio.
“As a mother of a young daughter, I can’t even tell you how upset I would be if it was my child,” protester Melanie Fitch said. “I feel compelled to do something.”
The protest took place two days after an eviction order for the space was issued against Kelly, stemming from this lawsuit claiming he owes more than $79,000 in back rent.
Two men outside the building wouldn’t let CBS 2 talk to women entering Wednesday, one day after Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx issued a plea for any R. Kelly sexual abuse victims to come forward
. It’s a plea the singer’s attorney Stephen Greenberg calls “absurd”, saying the state’s attorney wants to be the “relationship police” and calling the solicitation of victims a “waste of resources”. But a state’s attorney spokesperson says the office has gotten some calls.
“It is surreal. It’s the combination of of a lot of hard work and activism over the years,” #MuteRKelly co-founder Kenyette Tisha Barnes said.
The national #MuteRKelly movement began in 2017. She says women’s stories can no longer be ignored, brushing off Kelly’s attorney’s claims the singer has done nothing illegal.
“Steve Greenberg is simply just toting the party line,” she said. “He used an analogy of Jerry Springer. It’s ridiculous, it’s repugnant, and it’s reprehensible.”
It is not clear if R. Kelly was in the building when CBS 2 cameras were outside. According to his attorney, Kelly will be making no comments.
CHICAGO (AP) —
Filip Forsberg scored a minute into overtime for his second goal of the game, and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JANUARY 09: Alex DeBrincat #12 of the Chicago Blackhawks hits the ice after colliding with Pekka Rinne #35 and Rocco Grimaldi #23 of the Nashville Predators at the United Center on January 09, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Colton Sissons and Viktor Arvidsson also scored to help the Predators improve to 3-0-1 on a six-game trip. Ryan Johansen and Mattias Ekholm each had two assists, and Pekka Rinne made 28 saves.
Nashville had a 3-2 lead before Patrick Kane flipped a pass into the middle to Artem Anisimov, who slid a shot under Rinne with 2:21 left in regulation. Anisimov stopped a seven-game drought with his eighth of the season.
But Forsberg stepped up in overtime, driving to the net and flipping a shot over Collin Delia’s left shoulder for his 16th of the season. Forsberg just returned to the Predators’ lineup on Monday after missing 17 games with a hand injury.
Chicago lost for the fourth time in five games. Alex DeBrincat and Jonathan Toews also scored for the Blackhawks, and Kane had two assists.
Nashville jumped in front on Sissons’ ninth of the season, but Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis was sent off for hooking 17:03 into the first and the Blackhawks capitalized on the power-play opportunity. DeBrincat extended his goal-scoring streak to three games when he drove a cross-ice pass from Kane under Rinne’s stick for No. 21 on the year.
The tie lasted all of eight seconds. Arvidsson got a stretch pass from P.K. Subban, avoided Delia’s stick and stuffed home a backhand to make it 2-1 Predators with 2:01 left in the period.
Nashville increased its lead to 3-1 after Chicago defenseman Connor Murphy was penalized for hooking in the second. Forsberg beat Delia with a wrist shot at 16:26 for his first goal since Nov. 21.
The Predators got another power-play chance after David Kampf was whistled for tripping late in the period. But Toews got a nice pass from Marcus Kruger and sent a shot by Rinne on the stick side for just the fourth short-handed goal of the season for the Blackhawks.
CHICAGO (CBS) —
The family of a two-year-old boy who was killed and dismembered in 2015
says they have been told the charges against the man accused of the murder might be reduced.
The family of Kyrian Knox says they were contacted by the state’s attorney’s office ahead of a court proceeding Wednesday to be notified the charges could be reduced.
Kyrian Knox (Source: Facebook)
Kyrian was killed in Rockford, dismembered and found in a Chicago lagoon in 2015. The Rockford boy’s severed head, hands, and feet were found in the Garfield Park lagoon on Labor Day weekend, but the body parts were not identified until two months later, after a DNA match was made.
Kyrian’s great grandmother Faye Harris keeps the toddler’s remains in a pendant in a necklace.
“I carry him around my neck,” she said. “This is Kyrian. He brought him to the city from Rockford and he chopped him up. He cut him up.”
Kamel Harris, who was watching the boy at the time, is accused of the murder.
Kamel Harris (Chicago Police Department)
“We are all suffering, and all we want is justice for Kyrian,” his great grandmother said.
Kamel Harris is currently charged with first degree murder, dismemberment of a human body and concealment of homicidal death.
Chicago police said in 2016 that the killing was allegedly fueled by an allergy
“The baby apparently ingested milk, and the baby is lactose intolerant and cried all afternoon. And he just snapped and couldn’t deal with it,” police said.
“This has taken a really big toll on our family,” the great grandmother said.
She says the Cook County State’s Attorney notified the family and appeared in court Wednesday, possibly presenting Harris with lighter or reduced charges.
“That’s not justice,” she said. “We don’t have closure we needed for this.”
The state’s attorney’s office declined to comment on the case altogether. Harris will make his next court appearance next week.
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco Giants have reached a 20-year deal with Oracle for the rights to rename AT&T Park to Oracle Park immediately, officials announced Wednesday.
The purchased rights are effective Thursday, and the Giants have sent out a photo of the impending sign changes, which park staff are already working on. Fans passing by the stadium can expect to see temporary “Oracle Park” signs put up as early as Thursday.
While the deal was stated to be for 20 years, it wasn’t disclosed how much the Redwood City-based tech giant paid for the contract, but SF Gate reported that Giants CEO Larry Baer said it was “very much in line” with deals for other top-tier facilities.
If that’s any indication, the deal for the incoming Chase Center, which will host the Golden State Warriors in 2020, was stated to have cost JP Morgan Chase upwards of $300 million.
The Giants’ waterfront arena on 3rd and King Streets is on its fourth name change in 19 years. It was first named Pac Bell Park when it opened in 2000. In 2002, it was renamed to SBC Park before changing again to AT&T Park in 2006.
CHICAGO (CBS) —
A man who has spent the last 28 years in prison will not be released while he awaits a new trial.
Gerald Reed says police, under the direction of disgraced former commander Jon Burge, beat him into confessing to a 1990 double murder.
Last month a judge threw out Reed’s confession and ordered a new trial.
Family members and other supporters want him released immediately.
Wednesday Reed’s attorney filed a motion to dismiss the indictment. Prosecutors will respond at the next court hearing on Jan. 30.
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday tentatively ordered PG&E to inspect its entire electrical service area and remove or trim any trees and repair any damaged transmission equipment that could cause wildfires.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup will hold a Jan. 30 hearing to decide whether to go ahead with the order.
He invited representatives of Cal Fire and the California Public Utilities Commission to attend the hearing, in addition to PG&E and federal prosecutors.
Alsup is overseeing the utility’s probation in a criminal case in which the utility was convicted of violating federal pipeline safety rules and obstructing justice in a probe of a fatal natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno in 2010.
Alsup wrote that the purpose of his proposed order is “to protect the public from further wrongs by the offender” and to “reduce to zero the number of wildfires caused by PG&E in the 2019 wildfire season.”
The season runs from June 21 to the first region-wide rainstorm in November or December.
The judge noted that Cal Fire has determined that San Francisco-based PG&E caused 18 wildfires in its northern and central California service areas in 2017. The agency is still investigating the cause of the devastating 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County that killed 86 people.
The proposed order would allow PG&E to supply electricity during the wildlife season only in areas determined to be safe under the wind conditions then prevailing. Power would be shut off in areas not determined to be safe under such winds.
Alsup wrote, “This will likely mean having to interrupt service during high-wind events (and possibly at other times) but that inconvenience, irritating as it will be, will pale by comparison to the death and destruction that otherwise might result from PG&E-inflicted wildfire.”
PG&E spokesman James Noonan said, “We are aware of Judge Alsup’s orders and are currently reviewing.
The statement continued: “We are committed to complying with all rules and regulations that apply to our work, while working together with our state and community partners and across all sectors and disciplines to develop comprehensive, long-term safety solutions for the future.”
PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — Palo Alto police have released a sketch of a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman early Monday morning.
A woman in her 30’s called police at 4:18 a.m. to report she had been sexually assaulted in the 100 block of Everett Avenue. She had been walking west on the south side of the street toward her car when a suspect approached her and asked whether she had any change.
She said she did and reached into the car to retrieve it when the man struck her on her back and the back of her head with an object, and sexually assaulted her, police said.
The woman screamed and fought back, and the man reached into her jacket pocket, stole her wallet and fled east on Everett Avenue and north on Emerson Street, police said.
The victim drove to the police station to report the assault directly afterward. Paramedics also responded after she complained of pain in the back of her head.
The suspect is described as a white man in his late 20’s or 30’s who is 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a skinny build, long and straight brown or dirty blonde hair, an unkempt beard and a beanie with a pompom.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department’s 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be sent by email to email@example.com or by text message or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.
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A large-scale model railroad depicting an area of England’s South Coast, set in 1901, has been a source of pride for Joseph Swift for more than 30 years.
SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — People in one San Jose neighborhood say they are being targeted by car and package thieves.
Multiple cars and packages have been stolen from homes in the area of Newhall and Park Avenue, near the Santa Clara border.
One neighbor’s surveillance camera caught a New Year’s Eve car theft in progress on Walnut Grove Avenue.
The video shows a thief brazenly taking off with a black Honda Civic which then stops in the middle of the street. The driver is seen getting out and retrieving a backpack left behind on the curb. He then drives away.
“I think people are casing the neighborhood,” said Lisa Nichols whose car has been stolen twice from in front of her home in the past week.
Both times, the Honda was recovered the next day, out of gas and vandalized. But there won’t be a next time, unless the thief is driving a tow truck.
“This time, we’ve pulled the battery and the main fuse,” said Nichols, explaining how she had to disable her own vehicle. Nichols says it’s the fourth car theft she’s suffered in the past two years. “Obviously, there is a pretty big financial hit,” she said.
The rash of thefts prompted neighbors to install surveillance camera systems. Neighbors say their cameras have picked up a lot of other suspicious activity in the overnight hours, including people possibly ridesharing into the neighborhood before apparently prowling.
“We go in, like, spurts,” said Matt Guerrero, who had his car stolen two years ago.
“All of a sudden, I’ll see, like, cars getting broken into constantly, and then nothing for a while.”
Guerrero said the neighborhood’s easy access to Interstate 880 on-ramps may attract thieves looking for a quick getaway.
One neighbor, who did not want to be identified but appeared on camera, captured the car theft and said such thefts make for sleepless nights.
“It makes you feel uneasy, you know. We care for each other as neighbors and we respect each other’s privacy. But it doesn’t feel good when you see a neighbor’s property being taken in front of you,” she said.
San Jose police say car thefts have doubled in the past 15 years, and the problem persists throughout the city.
Statistics for 2018 are not out yet, but Sgt. John Carr of the Vehicular Crimes Unit said he expected the car theft number to be over 9,000 for the year.
PLEASANT HILL (KPIX 5) — Students threatened to walk out of school Wednesday as an East Bay high school implemented a system in which it issued tickets for tardy students.
A flier started circulating on social media about a school walk out at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill.
The purpose of the walkout was to convince the school to repeal its newly implemented Hero Discipline program, which would give the students tickets for being late to class.
KPIX 5 asked one student on campus about Wednesday’s walk out. He told us that only a few kids actually ended up waking out.
The debate is over the tickets, which are called “Hero Passes.”
Enforcement of the new Hero Passes came quickly. (CBS)
School Principal Joe Alvarez and other administrators are the ones issuing the tickets. They walk around, surveying campus with a phone and ticket printer.
“This is not so much as a traffic cop, but more a way to help students do their best every day,” said Alvarez.
Some parents were leery of this new software tracking their students’ information. But Alvarez says it only tracks tardies, while also adding up reward points for good behavior.
The rewards could be a Door-Dashed meal at school or a preferred parking spot.