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Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials are set to appear in court on Monday to face federal felony charges involving safety violations tied to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.
An indictment filed earlier this month charges the utility with 12 felony violations of federal pipeline safety laws, which could carry a total possible fine of $6 million, or more if the court decides it somehow benefited financially from the disaster.
Federal prosecutors allege that PG&E knowingly relied on erroneous and incomplete information when assessing the safety of the pipeline that eventually ruptured and sparked a fireball that destroyed 38 San Bruno homes.
Nearly four years later, the neighborhood where eight died and dozens injured is still recovering.
The company will be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Monday in federal court in San Francisco.Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:06:10 -0700
Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from San Jose to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.
"Doesn't even remember the flight," FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night. "It's amazing he survived that."
The boy was questioned by the FBI after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport Sunday morning with no identification, Simon said.
"Kid's lucky to be alive," Simon said.
Simon said security footage from the San Jose airport verified that the boy from Santa Clara hopped a fence to get to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning. The child had run away from his family after an argument, Simon said.
Simon said when the Boeing 767 landed in Maui, the boy hopped down from the wheel well and started wandering around the airport grounds.
"He was unconscious for the lion's share of the flight," Simon said. The flight lasted about 5 1/2 hours.
Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Alison Croyle said airline personnel noticed the boy on the ramp after the flight arrived and immediately notified airport security.
"Our primary concern now is for the well-being of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived," Croyle said.
The airport manager in Maui said it was remarkable the boy survived the flight.
"I would imagine flying at 35,000 feet, very cold," said Maui Airport duty manager Marvin Moniz. "Also being at 35,000 feet it is not pressurized or temperature control. It's a miracle to have survived."
A photo taken by a Maui News photographer shows the boy sitting upright on a stretcher as authorities get ready to load him into an ambulance.
Simon said the boy was medically screened and found to be unharmed.
His misadventure immediately raised security questions. A congressman who serves on the Homeland Security committee wondered how the teen could have sneaked onto the airfield at San Jose unnoticed.
"I have long been concerned about security at our airport perimeters. #Stowaway teen demonstrates vulnerabilities that need to be addressed," tweeted Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat who represents the San Francisco Bay Area's eastern cities and suburbs.
A Mineta San Jose International Airport spokeswoman said airport police were working with the FBI and the Transportation Security Administration to review security at the facility as part of an investigation.
"Our concern is with this young boy and his family. Thank God he survived and we hope his health is OK," spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said.
There was no curbside baggage check for Hawaiian Airlines at Mineta Airport in the wake of the incident Monday morning.
Passengers KTVU spoke with Monday were also amazed that the teen survived the flight, but said the incident gave them some concerns about security.
"So you wonder, with all the workers on the tarmac, why didn’t anyone see him and question him," said Audrey Itow.
Officials at Kahului Airport referred questions to the State Department of Transportation, which did not return a phone call seeking comment. A TSA spokesman who declined to be named referred questions to the FBI and airport authorities.
The boy was released to child protective services and not charged with a crime, Simon said.
In August, a 13- or 14-year-old boy in Nigeria survived a 35-minute trip in the wheel well of a domestic flight after stowing away. Authorities credited the flight's short duration and altitude of about 25,000. Others stowing away in wheel wells have died, including a 16-year-old killed after stowing away aboard a flight from Charlotte, N.C., to Boston in 2010 and a man who fell onto a suburban London street as a flight from Angola began its descent in 2012.Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:00:35 -0700
An armed male subject who had been barricaded in a San Jose home since Sunday night has been taken into custody, a police sergeant said.
Officers responded to reports of a male subject who fired a gun into the ground and then retreated into a home in the 1700 block of Del Paso Way around 8:05 p.m. Sunday, Sgt. Heather Randol said.
Arriving officers contained the subject into the residence and the police department's MERGE unit responded to the scene, she said.
The male subject surrendered to police and was taken into custody without further incident at about 3:30 a.m. Monday morning, according to Randol.
No injuries were reported, Randol said.Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:44:33 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories