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Fremont Police Arrest Driver That Crashed Into Cars at Safeway Parking Lot - NBC Bay Area

Police arrested a man who witnesses say drove through a Safeway parking lot, crashed into two cars, then sped off down a busy Fremont street Friday.

The incident occurred around 6 p.m. at the store just off Washington Boulevard, not too far from John Horner Middle School.

Witnesses said the driver came back, then revved his engine. 

One man said he felt like the driver might run him over with the car. 

“He comes right at me and turns right up into the tree, hits the tree and then he’s trying to get away, we’re opening up the door trying to get him out, we bang on the door. He finally opens up the door and takes off running. I tackled him over here,” said witness Jessie Schaa.

No one was seriously hurt, but a lot of people were rattled. 

Police are looking into whether the car he was driving was stolen.

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Massive Tree Falls on 2 Parked Cars in San Jose - NBC Bay Area

A massive tree came crashing down on top of two parked cars in San Jose Friday morning as strong winds whipped the region.

The tree came down across 17th Street between Julian and Washington streets. No injuries were immediately reported.

The tree's trunk smashed an SUV parked on the street while its branches landed on a pickup truck on the other side of the street.

Omar Garcia said he was making breakfast when he heard a loud bang.

"I thought it was a car crash because I heard a horn after it," he said. "And then I go outside on my front porch, I open the door and I see the tree on top of my truck."

Garcia said his vehicle is a "lost cause."

"I'm quite depressed right now," he said.

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Hyundai working to fix 'scary' Rally1 WRC car after Monte Carlo issues - Motorsport.com

The Korean marque has faced a challenging start to the new hybrid Rally1 era as a series of issues have stymied the new i20 N on its competitive debut at this weekend’s Monte Carlo Rally.

Hyundai made a slow start on Thursday with all three of its cars well adrift of their M-Sport Ford and Toyota rivals.

While progress was made on extracting pace throughout Friday, all three of its drivers encountered issues with Solberg and Thierry Neuville both at times labelling the situations they were in as “scary.”

Solberg battled through Friday with exhaust fumes entering the cockpit that left him “crying”, “dizzy” and with “chest pains” at times during the the day. The issue is understood to be isolated to the Solberg car.

“It was quite scary as it went on the whole day and at one point I was dizzy and had some pain in my chest, but this afternoon was a little bit better, and there was some gearbox issues, but we will keep working,” Solberg, who ended the day 10th overall, told Motorsport.com.

“It is a very important thing to fix because it is dangerous in the end. It might be good for the environment but not so good for the body," he added when asked about the team’s plans to fix the fume issue.

“It is going better, pacewise I feel good and I just need to get confident with the car because we haven’t focussed on the car at all we have been working on solving issues.”

Hyundai deputy team director Julien Moncet says the team plans to investigate and fix the problem on Friday night.

“We still have to investigate but it is very likely that fumes from the exhaust [were coming in],” Moncet told Autosport. “We will have to find a way to avoid this. We have to look at the car tonight and try to fix it.

On the morning's first stage Neuville declared to “have never been so scared while driving” after struggles with the handling of his i20 N. He also had to face intermittent hybrid power issues along with teammate Ott Tanak.

Thierry Neuville, Martijn Wydaeghe, Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai i20 N Rally1

Thierry Neuville, Martijn Wydaeghe, Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai i20 N Rally1

Photo by: McKlein / Motorsport Images

However, as the day progressed the Belgian managed to tame the car while also delivering a pace to challenge the front running Toyotas and Fords.

“I had some much where spin and differential slip on the first stage that I got scared in the stage,” said Neuville, who sits fourth overall, 47.8s adrift of rally leader Sebastien Loeb.

“We were able to react quite quickly in the end I think it was a decent day considering a few problems, and I’m happy we are here tonight and survived without any major issues.”

Considering where the team started the rally, Moncet was pleased to see his cars compete against their rivals but is aware there is plenty of work ahead for the team.

“It has been a challenging day but a positive day all in all,” he added.

“We were a bit disappointed by the overall performance of the car yesterday, but today we have shown that once the car is having no issues we are competitive, and we are not far from the fastest one.

"Okay, the two Sebastiens [Loeb and Ogier] are on a different planet, but it has been a positive day.

“We were able to do some mileage and what was important was to get some consistency, to learn a bit more of the car. We did some set up work, but consistency was the key today.”

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UN probing alleged killings by CAR forces, Russia mercenaries - Al Jazeera English

The United Nations is investigating the alleged killing of dozens of people in the Central African Republic last week by CAR forces and mercenaries with the Russian private military company Wagner.

More than 30 civilians were reportedly killed, some by stray bullets, in the January 16-17 operation near the town of Bria that targeted the Union for Peace rebel group, according to UN officials speaking anonymously on Friday.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the UN mission known as MINUSCA in the country received reports of the incident involving CAR troops and “other security personnel”.

“We are currently confirming the number of casualties and displacement,” Dujarric said.

MINUSCA dispatched a human rights team accompanied by security personnel to the area, and it “continues to assess the situation, ensuring necessary measures to be taken to protect civilians”, said Dujarric.

A military source in the country suggested the fighting could still be ongoing.

“Central African forces and the Russians are committing a massacre,” the source told AFP news agency, declining to be identified. “There have been summary executions and we are talking about 50 deaths.”

Albert Yaloke Mokpeme, spokesman for the CAR presidency, said he had “no knowledge of this attack”.

But in mid-2021, UN experts deployed to CAR expressed concerns over reports of “grave human rights abuses” by Russian mercenaries who are contracted to support government forces.

The Wagner group is reputed to be close to the Kremlin, and critics say it takes orders from the Russian defence ministry.

Russia, however, rejected criticism and said at the time Wagner used only “instructors” for the CAR military.

Moscow has said it has 1,135 “unarmed trainers” in the country. But local independent groups, France, and the United Nations say at least some are from the Wagner group, which now has an armed presence in several African countries including Libya and Mali.

At the last meeting of the UN Security Council on the conflict in the Central African Republic, the United States demanded that Moscow investigate the abuses blamed on the Russians.

The UN experts group – with about a dozen people sent to monitor an arms embargo on the war-torn country – has not been functioning since August 31.

Russia has blocked a renewal of its mandate, claiming its makeup is tilted towards the West and does not reflect true geographic diversity.

On Friday diplomats said the block remains in place, and Western officials say Russia sees it beneficial to prevent a renewal of the UN group’s mission.

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PPB ‘car theft mission’ leads to 18 arrests, recovered cars, guns - KOIN.com

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – During a Portland Police Bureau “car theft mission” to find stolen vehicles on Tuesday, officers found nearly a dozen stolen cars, made 18 arrests, recovered guns and thousands of fentanyl pills in East Portland.

“The commander at each precinct said that this is a big enough problem in our precinct that we need to make a special effort here,” PPB Sergeant Kevin Allen said of car thefts in Portland.

He says a lot of stolen cars end up in east Portland, particularly in the Gateway neighborhood. So, a team of officers focused their mission in the area to track down stolen cars.

“A bunch of people were hired on overtime, they also had the Neighborhood Response Team in East Precinct involved in this mission. The mission was during day shift, and it was about 10 hours and over the course of those 10 hours they had really good success,” Allen explained.

He says during those 10 hours, the team of officers arrested 18 people, mostly on outstanding warrants. They also recovered 11 stolen cars and bags with 3,000 fentanyl pills.

“The fentanyl that we’ve seen on the street, these can be incredibly dangerous,” Allen said. He added “hopefully that’s an overdose that doesn’t happen.”

Allen says officers found the drugs after making a traffic stop – he says the two people in the vehicle were taken into custody on outstanding warrants.

He explained that traffic stops played a big role in this operation.

“They’ll start running plates. Also, there are a lot of cars that are driving around without plates or driving around with switched plates so, they might pay attention to whether the vehicle has a plate on it that matches the description that we have in our DMV files. So, all of those are reasons to stop a car and investigate whether might be stolen or not,” Allen said.

He tells KOIN 6 that the bureau would like to do this type of proactive work more often, but with PPB’s current staffing crisis it’s just not possible.

Police union: PPB crippled by staffing shortages

“We’re thrilled to get the illegal items off the street, but we also know that the problem is way bigger than that. So, it’s really a drop in the bucket,” Allen said.

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