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Police Searching For Intruder Who Entered Woman’s Bedroom, Wanted To Talk

PALO ALTO (AP) — Police in Palo Alto say a man entered a woman’s bedroom, turned off the lights, sat on her bed and tried to talk to her before leaving.

SFGate reports the woman contacted police Sunday to report an intruder in her apartment.

Authorities say officers interviewed two women in their 20s who said that a man wearing gloves and holding a flashlight entered one of their bedrooms while she was trying to study.

The woman said the man turned off the lights, sat next to her in her bed and tried to have a conversation with her.

She left the room to find her roommate, and the suspect left the apartment.

Police believe the man entered the apartment through an unlocked door.

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Hedge Fund CEO Manuel Henriquez Steps Down Amid College Admissions Scandal

PALO ALTO (CBS SF / AP) — The head of a Silicon Valley hedge fund who became ensnared in a massive college bribery scandal is stepping down.

Manuel Henriquez, who was also the top executive investment giant PIMCO until 2016, will be replaced as CEO and chairman of Hercules Capital in Palo Alto.

Henriquez was arrested in New York City and released on $500,000 bail after a brief appearance in Manhattan federal court Tuesday.

Manuel Henriquez of Hercules Capital seen ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. (CBS)

Manuel Henriquez of Hercules Capital seen ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. (CBS)

Shares of the hedge fund plunged 9 percent on word of Henriquez’ arrest Tuesday.

List: Bay Area Defendants Charged In College Admissions Scandal

Hercules said Wednesday that Henriquez will still hold a seat on the board and will serve as an adviser.

According to court documents obtained by KPIX 5, Henriquez and his wife, Elizabeth, paid a $25,000 bribe to get a cooperating witness to sit “side-by-side with the daughter during the exam and provided her with answers to the exam questions, and after the exam, he “gloated”…about the fact that they had cheated and gotten away with it.”

Fifty people, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged in the scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation’s most selective schools.

Federal authorities called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department, with the parents accused of paying an estimated $25 million in bribes.

© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Hedge Fund CEO Manuel Henriquez Steps Down Amid College Admissions Scandal

PALO ALTO (CBS SF / AP) — The head of a Silicon Valley hedge fund who became ensnared in a massive college bribery scandal is stepping down.

Manuel Henriquez, who was also the top executive investment giant PIMCO until 2016, will be replaced as CEO and chairman of Hercules Capital in Palo Alto.

Henriquez was arrested in New York City and released on $500,000 bail after a brief appearance in Manhattan federal court Tuesday.

Manuel Henriquez of Hercules Capital seen ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. (CBS)

Manuel Henriquez of Hercules Capital seen ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. (CBS)

Shares of the hedge fund plunged 9 percent on word of Henriquez’ arrest Tuesday.

List: Bay Area Defendants Charged In College Admissions Scandal

Hercules said Wednesday that Henriquez will still hold a seat on the board and will serve as an adviser.

According to court documents obtained by KPIX 5, Henriquez and his wife, Elizabeth, paid a $25,000 bribe to get a cooperating witness to sit “side-by-side with the daughter during the exam and provided her with answers to the exam questions, and after the exam, he “gloated”…about the fact that they had cheated and gotten away with it.”

Fifty people, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged in the scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation’s most selective schools.

Federal authorities called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department, with the parents accused of paying an estimated $25 million in bribes.

© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

County Seeks Developer for Teacher Housing Project in Palo Alto

PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — Santa Clara County is seeking a development partner to build workforce housing for teachers.

The project, which would put affordable housing on a 1.5-acre site at 231 Grant Road in Palo Alto, is intended to keep teachers in the community. It could provide between 60 and 120 units, depending on response to the county’s request for proposals and project approvals.

Palo Alto Teacher Housing Project Site

The site of planned workforce housing project on Grant Road in Palo Alto. (CBS)

“It’s never easy to develop workforce housing in such an expensive area but we have the land, we have some funding available, and we’re finding the partners we need to make this work,” said Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Joe Simitian.

The county has set aside $6 million to help fund the project and additional funds have been committed by Palo Alto and several school districts.

“Great teachers are moving out of the Bay Area due to the housing crisis,” said Sarah Chaffin, founder of SupportTeacherHousing.org. “This project could be a game-changer in terms of solving the teacher housing crisis, and could inspire others to follow its example.”

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Debate Over Planned Expansion At Palo Alto Private School Turns Ugly

PALO ALTO (KPIX 5) — A neighborhood in Palo Alto bitterly divided over the expansion of a private school has people on both sides accusing the other of stealing or vandalizing yard signs.

And the accusers have the video to prove it.

One video posted to YouTube shows several incidents of stealing or vandalizing yard signs over the past few years.

It shows yard signs with the message “Stop Castilleja Expansion” being removed and thrown into the street. The videos have been collected since 2017, but are only being released now.

“I wanted to show there are two sides of the story,” said Nelson Ng, a neighbor who uploaded the videos taken from surveillance cameras.

Ng says he posted the videos after Castilleja school officials took out a restraining order on one of his neighbors, accusing the man of vandalizing and removing signs supporting Castilleja’s expansion plans.

“Things have gotten a little weird,” said Andy Protter who commutes by bicycle through the neighborhood.

Castilleja is a private all-girls school that is over 100 years old. School officials want to modernize the six-acre campus and expand the student body by 100 students over four years.

“We think it is now more important than ever to offer the opportunity to more young women. We have far more demand than we have spots,” said school spokesperson Lorraine Brown.

But neighbors are concerned about parking and traffic becoming worse. Many are especially concerned about the impact of a planned underground parking garage.

“We would like for them to remain within the confines of their user permit, which they have not historically done. So we’re standing up for our rights,” said neighbor Andie Reed.

The issue has seemingly divided the neighborhood with dueling signs and accusations of mischief on both sides.

“You could see we have ‘We Support Castilleja’ signs. Our signs have been stolen or thrown in the street 12 to 15 times,” said neighbor Mathew McIntyre, who lives down the street from the school.

Palo Alto’s draft environmental impact report on the expansion plan is due to be made public in the next few weeks.

The issue will eventually be voted on by the Palo Alto City Council.

Police Seek Suspect In Palo Alto’s First Bank Robbery Since 2017

PALO ALTO (CBS SF) – Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who robbed a bank in Palo Alto on Monday evening.

The robbery occurred at a Wells Fargo at 505 California Ave. around 5:30 p.m., police said, when a suspect entered the branch and gave a teller a note demanding money.

The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money by a teller, then left the branch, walking northwest through a parking lot, according to police. He wasn’t located by officers in a subsequent search with assistance from a K-9 unit.

Surveillance photos of man suspected of robbing a Wells Fargo bank in Palo Alto on February 4, 2019. (Palo Alto Police Department)

Surveillance photos of man suspected of robbing a Wells Fargo bank in Palo Alto on February 4, 2019. (Palo Alto Police Department)

Police said the teller didn’t see a weapon on the suspect and nobody was injured during the robbery, the first in the city since 2017.

The suspect is described as a white man, 5-feet 10-inches tall with brown hair and a goatee. At the time of the robbery he was sporting a black beanie with eyeglasses, dark pants and a red rain jacket with a gray-hooded sweatshirt underneath.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call police at (650) 329-2413. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call or text (650) 383-8984, email paloalto@tipnow.org or download the agency’s mobile app at www.bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or www.bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

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Man Breaks Into Palo Alto Home, Claims He Lives There When Police Arrive

PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — A man was arrested during a burglary in Palo Alto on Tuesday evening after a resident found the window in her home smashed, police said.

The woman called 911 at 5:08 p.m. and officers responded to find rustling sounds coming from the upstairs area of the home in the 900 block of University Avenue.

The suspect ran downstairs and told police it was his home, and resisted commands when police approached him. Officers used a police dog to arrest 53-year-old Eugene Adkism of San Jose on suspicion of residential burglary, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.

Adkism received minor injuries from the police dog and was treated by paramedics and taken to a hospital before being booked into the county jail. Officers didn’t find any other suspects, and said Adkism had been wearing a shirt stolen from the house.

Police will continue investigating him to determine whether he is connected to any other residential burglaries in the area. Anyone with information is asked to call police dispatch at (650) 329-2413.

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Group Fitness Studios Running Strong In Bay Area

PALO ALTO (KPIX 5) – Brick and mortar stores have been struggling for years, but there is one kind of business that isn’t threatened by the internet. Group fitness studios are fast expanding in the Bay Area.

In January, Barry’s Bootcamp, which offers a high-intensity interval workout that mixes running and weights, opened two new locations in Burlingame and Palo Alto.

The company first arrived in San Francisco in 2014. A Castro location opens next month, followed by one at San Jose’s Santana Row. And plans are in the works for the East Bay and Marin.

“People are spending a lot more money on their health and wellness right now. And people are choosing to do that as their social outlet too. So I think a lot of people you mentioned — Millennials — are taking the time right now to really go to the fitness club and really meet their friends and hang out,” said Barry’s Bootcamp partner Adam Shane.

Managing partner Adam Shane says the company is also investing a lot. Each location costs up to $3 million to build. But in the Bay Area, there are a lot of people willing to pay a premium. Each class costs $35, which is close to the highest rates in the country.

Nikki Shah has been going to Barry’s about three times a week for more than four years.

“I think it is a community thing, right?” said Shah. “It is something very different to be sprinting with the person next to you, and it pushes you well past what you’re going to do by yourself.”

Matt Holmes works with fitness tenants as the founder of brokerage Retail West. He says right now group fitness studios occupy up to 40 percent of leasing spaces in the Bay Area. 10 years ago, it was a different story.

“Everything had to be big. It was like the Texas mentality: 24 Hour Fitness, 50,000 [square] feet. Now it’s, ‘Hey, let’s take that component of 24 Hour Hitness and let’s do a Pilates portion’ or, ‘Let’s do a spinning portion of it.’ So it’s much more of a specialized breakdown,” said Holmes.

Take East Bay-based X-CORE. It is the only Bay Area studio to offer classes using the VersaClimber. It also offers high-intensity Pilates classes and has plans to expand into San Francisco.

Newly opened boxing-inspired Rumble has plans to add more studios in Palo Alto, the Castro, SoMa and the Marina this year as well.

“There’s also the dynamic of having people that are always on camera, everyone’s doing selfies, everyone’s posting, everyone wants to look better,” said Holmes.

Palo Alto Piano Teacher Accused Of Sexually Abusing Relative

PALO ALTO (CBS SF) – A piano teacher in Palo Alto has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a girl he is related to over the last year and a half, police said.

Police began investigating Nicholas Robinson, 34, after receiving reports on Jan. 6 that the man had been inappropriately touching an elementary-aged girl at a home in the 4000 block of Campana Drive.

A mandated reporter, such as a teacher or counselor who is legally required to report abuse, shared the information with police.

Nicholas Robinson. (Palo Alto Police Department)

Nicholas Robinson. (Palo Alto Police Department)

Detectives served a warrant on Thursday and Robinson was arrested that afternoon at a relative’s home in Soquel. He was booked into jail with bail set at $875,000.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office later charged him with 17 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and one count of dissuading a witness, according to police. All charges are felonies.

Police said Robinson teaches piano lessons to children from his home and other victims may be involved in the case, though detectives are not aware of any.

Anyone with information about Robinson is asked to contact police dispatch at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org.

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Palo Alto Police Release Sketch Of Sexual Assault Suspect

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 paloalto@tipnow.org or by text message or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.

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