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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Wednesday
April 2,2014
Vol XIII,Edition 195
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FBI SEARCHES LEGISLATIVE OFFICE NEAR STATECAPITOL
By Jason Dearen
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gasand Electric Co. was charged onTuesday with federal felony countsinvolving safety violationslinked to a deadly 2010 natural gaspipeline explosion in San Bruno.The indictment charges the util-ity with 12 felony violations of federal pipeline safety laws,which could carry a total possiblefine of $6 million, or more if thecourt decides it somehow benefitedfinancially from the disaster. Federal prosecutors allege thatPG&E knowingly relied on erro-neous and incomplete informationwhen assessing the safety of thepipeline that eventually ruptured,sparked a fireball and leveled 38homes in San Bruno. Nearly four years later, theneighborhood where eight werekilled and dozens injured is stillrecovering.“The citizens of NorthernCalifornia deserve to have theirutility providers put the safety of the community first,” U.S.Attorney Melinda Haag said in anews release.The indictment accuses the com-pany of failing to act on threats in
PG&E indicted for pipeline blast
Utility charged with 12 felony violations of federal pipeline safety laws
State snowpacksurvey forebodesa tough summer
By Scott Smith
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
FRESNO — The Sierra snowpackin drought-stricken Californiameasured at 32 percent of normalTuesday at a time of year when it’ssupposed to be at its peak, thestate’s Department of WaterResources announced.Even the storms dousingNorthern California throughWednesday morning are expectedto spell little relief this comingsummer for farmers and many com-munities already facing restric-tions, said Mark Cowin, thedepartment’s director. Farmers are deciding to leavefields unplanted, and some citiesare scrambling to find water sup-plies, said Cowin, adding that
Drought persists through stormy weather
Officials remindpublic to conserveregardless of rain
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Even though umbrellas, galosh-es and windshield wipers havebeen put to good use the past fewdays, weather and water officialsstress the urgency of the droughtand ask the public to remain stead-fast in their conservation efforts. “Everything helps, but this isdefinitely not a drought buster,”said Bob Benjamin, forecasterwith the National Weather Service.“It may put a few little dents in it,but it definitely won’t break it.”Lightning, thunder, flooding,hail and snow were reportedthroughout the Bay Area Tuesday,but none of it has been able to con-quer the drought Gov. Jerry Browndeclared in January. California is amid a three-year
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Abrand-new elevated Caltrainplatform officially opened to pas-sengers in San Bruno Tuesdaymorning and nearby shop ownersare hoping it brings an upswing of business.The grade separated San Brunostation between San Bruno andSan Mateo avenues at 833 SanMateo Ave. replaced the station atSylvan Avenue and is part of a$155 million project to elevate
New San Bruno Caltrain station opens
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The former Daly City teen con-victed of killing his classmate in2001 before going on the lam for adecade until a routine East Coasttraffic stop uncovered his identitywas sentenced Tuesday to life inprison without the possibility of parole.Erick Romeo Morales, 32, apol-ogized for thedeath of QuetzlecoatlAlba, 15, andthe pain and suf-fering it causedthe teen’s fami-ly but did notadmit anyresponsibility
Teen’s killer imprisonedforlife without parole
Victim’s family still asking why
 ANGELA SWARTZ/DAILY JOURNAL
A new San Bruno Caltrain Station officially opened between San Brunoand San Mateo avenues early Tuesday morning.
Grade separated platform isexpected to improve safety
Erick Morales
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Wednesday
April 2,2014
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Actress PamelaReed is 65.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1914
British actor Sir Alec Guinness,whose roles in a 66-year career rangedfrom Hamlet to Obi-Wan Kenobi in“Star Wars,” was born in London.
“Failure has a thousand explanations.Success doesn’t need one.” 
— Sir Alec Guinness (1914-2000)
Actress Linda Huntis 69.Actor Adam Rodriguez is 39.
Birthdays
REUTERS
Ring-tailed lemurs stand together at the Haifa zoo in northern Israel.
Wednesday
: Mostly cloudy in the morn-ing then becoming partly cloudy. Aslightchance of showers in the morning. Highsin the upper 50s. North winds 5 to 15mph.
Wednesday night:
Mostly clear. Lowsin the upper 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 15mph.
Thursday
: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s. Lightwinds... Becoming southwest around 5 mph in the after-noon.
Thursday night
: Mostly cloudy. Achance of showers.Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.Chance of showers 40 percent.
Friday
: Mostly cloudy. Achance of showers. Highs in theupper 50s.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1513
, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and hisexpedition landed in present-day Florida. (Some historianssay the landing actually occurred the next day, on April 3.)
In 1792, 
Congress passed the Coinage Act, which author-ized establishment of the U.S. Mint.
In 1863, 
during the Civil War, the Richmond Bread Rioterupted in the Confederate capital as a mob outraged overfood shortages and rising prices attacked and looted stores.
In 1917, 
President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress todeclare war against Germany, saying, “The world must bemade safe for democracy.” (Congress declared war four dayslater.)
In 1932
, aviator Charles A. Lindbergh and John F. Condonwent to a cemetery in The Bronx, N.Y., where Condon turnedover $50,000 to a man in exchange for Lindbergh’s kid-napped son. (The child, who was not returned, was founddead the following month.)
In 1942
, Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded“American Patrol” at the RCAVictor studios in Hollywood.
In 1956
, the soap operas “As the World Turns” and “TheEdge of Night” premiered on CBS-TV.
In 1968, 
the science-fiction film “2001: ASpaceOdyssey,” produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, had itsworld premiere in Washington, D.C.In 1974, French President Georges Pompidou, 62, died inParis.
In 1982
, several thousand troops from Argentina seizedthe disputed Falkland Islands, located in the south Atlantic,from Britain. (Britain seized the islands back the followingJune.)
In 1994
, former actress and consumer reporter BettyFurness died in New York at age 78.
In 2005, 
Pope John Paul II died in his Vatican apartment atage 84.In 1935, Pan American became the firstairline to serve hot meals during aflight.***The first drive-in movie theater wasbuilt in 1933 in Camden, N.J.***Hattie McDaniel (1895-1952) was thefirst African-American to win anAcademy Award. She won an award forbest supporting actress in 1940 for herrole as Mammy in “Gone With theWind” (1939).***Yellowstone National Park inWyoming, established in 1872, wasthe first official national park in thecountry.***Novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie(1860-1937), creator of Peter Pan,invented the name Wendy. The namewas first used in “Peter Pan” in 1904.***Wheaties was the first product to have asinging radio commercial. In 1926,the Wheaties quartet sang the jingle“Have you tried Wheaties?”***Do you know who the first athletedepicted on a box of Wheaties was?The year? See answer at end.***“The Birth of a Nation” (1915) was thefirst movie shown at the White House.It was shown Feb. 18, 1915, whileWoodrow Wilson (1856-1924) waspresident. The movie theater at theWhite House was built 18 years laterby Franklin Roosevelt (1882-1945).***Nesquik, introduced in 1948, was thefirst powdered chocolate milk mix. TheNesquik Bunny has representedNesquik since 1973.***Parker Brothers was established in1888 with their first game calledBanking. Some of the popular boardgames of the 1890s were the Game of American History and the PresidentialGame.***In 1962, South African professionalgolfer Gary Player (born 1935) becamethe first non-American to win the U.S.Masters golf tournament. He won theMasters again in 1971 and 1978.***In 1993, Hawaiian Chad Rowan (born1969) became the first non-Japanesesumo wrestler to reach the highest rankin sumo wrestling. At 6 feet 8 inches,he was one of the tallest sumowrestlers ever.***Design student Charles Hall designedthe first waterbed while he was a stu-dent at San Francisco State Universityin 1968. Hall’s design used vinyl forthe water mattress and a small externalheater to warm the water.***Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) wasthe first woman to discover a comet.The discovery was made on Aug. 1,1786. Herschel worked as an assistantto her brother, who was as anastronomer for the King of GreatBritain George III (1738-1820).***Scientist Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) was the first to suggest a “sun-centered” view of the planets. Hebelieved that the Earth traveled aroundthe Sun, as opposed to previously heldopposite belief.***The first successful aerial photographwas taken in 1860 by James W. Black(1825-1896) from a hot air balloonowned by Samuel Archer King (1828-1914). The balloon was held by cable1,200 feet over the city of Boston. Thephoto, titled “Boston as the Eagle andthe Wild Goose See It,” is still in exis-tence.***Answer: The first athlete on a box of Wheaties was baseball player LouGehrig (1903-1941) in 1934. Gehrigplayed first base for the New YorkYankees from 1925 to 1939. He wasthe first player in any sport to have hisuniform number retired. The Yankeesretired number 4 in 1939.
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs inthe weekend and Wednesday editions of theDaily Journal. Questions? Comments?Email knowitall(at)smdailyjournal.com orcall 344-5200 ext. 114.
(Answers tomorrow)GOUGE HOUSE EXTENTCANNEDYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The bat bar was becoming a popular —HANGOUTNow arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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 The Daily Derby race winners are CaliforniaClassic,No.5,in first place;Lucky Charms,No.12,in second place;and Gorgeous George,No.8,inthird place.The race time was clocked at 1:44.11.
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Actress Rita Gam is 87. Actress Sharon Acker is 79. SingerLeon Russell is 72. Jazz musician Larry Coryell is 71. SingerEmmylou Harris is 67. Social critic and author Camille Pagliais 67. Rock musician Dave Robinson (The Cars) is 61.Country singer Buddy Jewell is 53. Actor Christopher Meloniis 53. Singer Keren Woodward (Bananarama) is 53. Countrysinger Billy Dean is 52. Actor Clark Gregg is 52. Actress JanaMarie Hupp is 50. Rock musician Greg Camp is 47. Rockmusician Tony Fredianelli (Third Eye Blind) is 45. ActressRoselyn Sanchez is 41. Country singer Jill King is 39. ActorJeremy Garrett is 38. Actor Michael Fassbender is 37.
 
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Arrest.
Aman was arrested for an outstand-ing warrant and was found to be in the pos-session of another person’s ID and stolenproperty on the 1100 block of AirportBoulevard before 10:38 p.m. Thursday,March 27.
Suspicious activity.
Aman reported hisneighbor had tried to run him over on the1500 block of Meadow Lane before 4:03p.m. Thursday, March 27.
Arrest
. Aman was arrested for attemptingto break into a home on the 1300 block of Capuchino Avenue before 11:33 a.m.Thursday, March 27.
Suspicious activity.
Awoman reported ascruffy man leaning against a car who wasactually a construction worker at her homeon the 1600 block of Granada Drive before9:43 a.m. Thursday, March 27.
Police reports
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Awoman reported her neighbor’s phonehad been ringing for hours on the 1100block of Paloma Avenue in Burlingamebefore 10:12 p.m. Thursday, March 27.
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
A20-year-old man who allegedly attackeda San Mateo woman who walked in on himburglarizing her home and held her hostagefor nearly a day while repeatedly accessingher bank account was charged Tuesday with19 felonies.Hugo Munguia, of Redwood City, wasarrested Friday on suspicion of the March17 attack after police released a photo of aman using the 66-year-old woman’s bankcard at multiple ATMs. He’s being held with-out bail and Tuesday was charged with sever-al crimes including five counts of residentialburglary, four counts of identity theft, kid-napping for ransom, robbery, threatening awitness, criminal threats, threatening a wit-ness, assault with a stun gun, assault with adeadly weapon, false imprisonment of anelder, grand theft of property and posses-sion of stolen property.Munguia has no prior criminal history inSan Mateo County, according to courtrecords, but authorities say he attacked thewoman in her Edinburgh Street home justbefore 1 p.m. after she returned home fromshopping at Trader Joe’s. After tying thewoman up, the man later identified asMunguia left to withdraw money from sever-al ATMs and returned to her home at leastonce, according to San Mateo police. Police said the man stole items including jewelry and electronics from the womanbefore finally leaving the home with herstill bound. She freed herself around noonMarch 18 and called police from a neigh-bor’s home. The woman had non-life threat-ening injuries and was treated at a hospital. Police received about 30 leads from theATM photo and arrested Munguia at hishome three days later.
Man charged with taking woman hostage
By Channing Joseph and Sudhin Thanwala 
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SAN FRANCISCO — The sole winner of February’s $425 million Powerball jack-pot came forward to claim his prizeTuesday.California Lottery officials said B.Raymond Buxton, a Northern Californiaman, claimed the prize at the CaliforniaLottery headquarters in Sacramento. “‘Unbelievable!’is all I could muster,”Buxton said in a statement on Tuesday.“Once the initial shock passed, I couldn’tsleep for days.” After the winning numbers wereannounced, Buxton said, he sat in front of his computer in disbelief, checking andrechecking his ticket — and telling no oneelse that he had won. “Sitting on a ticket of this value was very scary,” he said. When he claimed his prize Tuesday,Buxton was wearing a shirt that featured apicture of the Star Wars character Yoda andread, “Luck of the Jedi I have.”
California’s $425M Powerball winner comes forward

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