Authorities say a Northern California burglary suspect apparently couldn't find a baby sitter. The man brought his infant child along while he and a partner burglarized a shop.
The Sacramento Bee says the owner of the shop in an unincorporated area of Dixon detained one of the burglars Tuesday evening.
When Solano County Sheriff's deputies responded, they searched the suspect's car and found items from the shop and the 34-year-old man's child.
Paul McGraw of Dixon is being held on suspicion of felony burglary and conspiracy, and a misdemeanor charge of willful cruelty of a child.
The newspaper says the baby was handed over to Child Protective Services.
The Bee reports deputies also arrested 37-year-old Dean Forrest French of Vacaville, who faces burglary and conspiracy charges.
With another dry winter looming, California lawmakers called on Gov. Jerry Brown and President Barack Obama to declare a drought emergency and federal disaster in the state.
In a letter sent Monday, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Democratic Rep. Jim Costa urged the governor to take immediate action. A separate letter signed by dozens of other California lawmakers called for the same declaration.
The lawmakers cited the California Department of Water Resources' announcement of low water deliveries for Central Valley agriculture due to light rainfall projections.
"While it is early in the 2014 water year and therefore projections on allocations are conservative, what is clear is that we have had two years of dry conditions that have depleted our reservoirs and reduced carry over storage to historically low levels not seen since 1977," Feinstein and Costa wrote.
While a drought has not been declared, a dry 2014 could be the third straight year with subpar rainfall.
Most of the state's water comes from the Sierra Nevada snowpack, so in dry years water managers dramatically cut deliveries due to environmental concerns.
Based on projections, the State Water Project in November said its initial allocation would be just 5 percent of requested deliveries in 2014. That number will change if rainfall exceeds projections, officials said.
The governor did not respond to a request for comment.
A marine might have done something that nobody else has done before.
Marine and shark fisherman, Jeff Fangman caught a great white from the beach. Yes --- a great white shark! It took him about 25 minutes and he did it while fishing off Camp Pendleton beach in San Diego.
The video, taken by Fangman's wife, was shot back in October when the catch happened -- but now, the video and story have made their way onto national news programs.
"I like it. His name is Fangman — like Fangman vs. the shark there. I'll go with the Fangman on that one. Well done sir!"
Fishing for sharks is nothing special for Fangman - he's been doing it for years. But he told San Diego's KGTV he's never caught a great white before.
"The line actually started just rolling off the reel. Lo and behold it ended up being a great white. Seeing it in the water was just almost mind-blowing. It's taken several weeks for it to sink in."
And that's what makes his catch so special -- seemingly, nobody's ever caught a great white from a beach in the U.S. If they have — it's never been recorded.
People catch other sharks all the time off beaches. Some of the usual culprits are bull sharks, tiger sharks, lemon, sandbar and even the occasional hammerhead! (Via YouTube / Andrew Benak)
Fangman didn't really catch Jaws though. The great white he caught was a small female. Fangman wasn't able to keep his big catch because Great Whites are illegal for fisherman to target and must be released.
- See more at newsy.com.
Kind words and compromise are pretty rare in this Congress. But Tuesday saw an exception, with both major parties’ budget leaders reaching a deal on spending for the next two years.
That’s Democratic Sen. Patty Murray …
MURRAY: “Because of this deal, the budget process can now stop lurching from crisis to crisis … and it gives government agencies and the companies that do business with them the certainty they need.” (Via CNN)
And Paul Ryan from the Republican House.
RYAN: “This also shows that we can work together to get our government functioning at its very basic levels. … That we think gives us some confidence. That brings some normalcy back to our government.” (Via MSNBC)
Now, the last budget deal passed by a divided government — with one chamber ruled by Republicans and the other by Democrats — came in 1986. Pundits think this one has a chance of winning enough votes to pass, but it’ll have to happen quickly.
In the House, the budget will likely face its toughest challenge with a divided Republican caucus. Speaker John Boehner has also said Friday will be the House’s last day in session in 2014. (Via NBC)
The Senate will actually be in session through next week, so Democrats there have more time.
The highlights of this budget deal?
- avert another government shutdown
- roll back some sequestration cuts
- spends $1.02 trillion in 2014 (Via Politico)
Now, this deal says nothing of extending benefits for the long-term unemployed, and with little time left for legislation this year, that likely means 1.2 million Americans will lose those benefits come Dec. 28.
- See more at newsy.com.
Firefighters battled a four-alarm fire at a telecommunications warehouse in Concord Wednesday morning.
The blaze is located in the 2300 block of Stanwell Drive near Buchanan Field Airport and was reported at about 12:30 a.m., according to Contra Costa County Fire Protection Capt. Robert Marshall.
Fire crews were forced to take a defensive approach fighting the blaze in order to keep firefighters out of harm’s way as the roof and a wall collapsed.
The fire was brought under control at about 2:45 a.m., but as of 6 a.m. flames could still be seen coming from the building.
According to Marshall, the warehouse is over 50,000 square feet and is the storage and recycling site of a telephone supply company that installs and recycles commercial telephone systems.
Marshall said the fire is burning "a lot of plastics, a lot of wire" and that while no official shelter in place has been order, "anyone who can smell the smoke should shelter in place."
No injuries have been reported, but Marshall said firefighters have not been able to fully access and inspect one side of the building that is still engulfed in flames.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.