Early Sunday morning headlines from the KPIX 5 newsroom
Walnut Creek To Use COVID Relief Funds For Hiring Police Officers, Curb Retail CrimeIn the wake of a spike of retail crime, including a large smash-and-grab at Nordstrom, Walnut Creek officials approved using COVID-19 relief funds to fund additional officers to patrol the city's main shopping corridor. Katie Nielsen reports. (12/1/21)
Drought Emergency: Water Districts Across Bay Area, California Warned Not To Expect Shipments From StateDespite recent rains, state water officials sent out a warning to water districts that it doesn’t have enough water to send out, including districts in the Bay Area. Andrea Nakano reports. (12/1/21)
COVID: Omicron Variant In San Francisco, Are New Travel Rules Looming?After a San Francisco resident became the nation's first confirmed case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, questions are being raised about the possibility of additional travel rules. Kenny Choi reports. (12/1/21)
Top San Jose Officials Blast Bail Policies After Murder Suspects Released – 'A Danger To The Community'Top San Jose officials, including Police Chief Anthony Mata, are sounding the alarm about bail policies after three murder suspects were released awaiting trial, saying it puts the community at risk. Maria Cid Medina reports. (12/1/21)
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UCSF Lab Worked Quickly To Confirm San Francisco's Omicron CaseWhen word of a possible COVID omicron case reached UC San Francisco infectious disease specialist Dr. Charles Chiu, he knew that his team would have to work quickly. Andria Borba reports.
1st U.S. Case Of COVID Omicron Variant Confirmed In San FranciscoA person who returned to the San Francisco Bay Area from a trip to South Africa has tested positive for the COVID omicron variant -- the first confirmed case in the United States. Max Darrow reports.
Airbnb Rental Scam Has Strangers Showing Up To Homes That Owners Never ListedA Southern California family had quite the shock when strangers showed up at their door, saying they had rented the home on Airbnb, since the homeowner never listed it. Kristine Lazar reports.
Walnut Creek to Increase Police PresenceWilson Walker reports on how Walnut Creek plans to increase police presence following a series of retail thefts downtown. (12/1/2021)
World AIDS Day: How HIV Research Helped Pave Way To Fight COVID-19 PandemicAs the world marks World AIDS Day, researchers note the four decades battling the disease have proven crucial in battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Kiet Do reports. (12/1/21)
Bay Area Students React To Abortion Rights Showdown At Supreme CourtAs the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on a Mississippi abortion case that could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, Bay Area students react. John Ramos reports. (12/1/21)
San Jose Homicide Suspects Released Over "Zero Bail" LawLen Ramirez reports on the response to two homicide suspects in San Jose being released because of the state's bail laws.
Person Shot In Fremont Residential NeighborhoodPolice officers and other first responders were gathered along a residential street in Fremont Wednesday afternoon.
Jefferson Award Winner: Delfarib FanaieThis week's Jefferson Award Winner is a Peninsula woman helping to make a difference in the battle against extreme poverty in the Bay Area and around the globe. Sharon Chin reports. (12/1/21)
Michigan School Shooting: 4th Student Dies, 15-Year-Old ChargedAuthorities in Michigan said a 4th student has died from Tuesday's shooting at a high school north of Detroit. Meanwhile, the 15-year-old suspect faces murder, terrorism and other charges. Nancy Chen reports. (12/1/21)
Procession Held For Slain News Security Guard Kevin NishitaLaw enforcement from across the Bay Area paid their respects Wednesday to fallen news security guard and former officer Kevin Nishita, with a procession from Alameda to Mountain View. (12/1/21)
Wednesday Evening Weather Forecast with Paul Heggen12/1/21
Shooting in San Jose Leaves Victim With Life-Threatening InjuriesA person was shot and gravely injured in San Jose Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Walnut Creek Approves Spending $2 Million For Retail Security Measures in Response to TheftsCity leaders in Walnut Creek are deciding how to address smash-and-grab retail thefts. They’ve approved spending $2 million to enhance security at Broadway Plaza. Justin Andrews reports.
1st Confirmed U.S. Case of Omicron Variant Found in San FranciscoA person who returned to the San Francisco Bay Area from a trip to South Africa has tested positive for the COVID omicron variant -- the first confirmed case in the United States. Jocelyn Moran reports. (12/1/21)
Raw Video: San Francisco Mayor, Public Health Director Remark on Omicron VariantSan Francisco Mayor London Breed and Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax held a press conference to discuss the 1st confirmed U.S. case of the COVID omicron variant.
SF Conservatory Of Music Hosts Grammy's Listening EventThe SFCM hosted the Recording Academy ahead of the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. KPIX 5's Len Kiese talked to Executive Director of SFCM, Taurin Barrera, about how they conservatory was utilized.
Drought: New Marin Water Restrictions Catch Some Residents Off GuardAt the stroke of midnight on December 1, new water restrictions went into effect in Marin County.