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23ABC Weekend Morning News at 8 AM - Top Stories for February 16

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23ABC Weekend Morning News at 8 AM - Top Stories for February 16

23ABC Weekend Morning News at 8 AM - Top Stories for February 16

A suspected DUI driver leads CHP on a bizarre slow-speed chase along the 5 Freeway Saturday night.

When officials were finally able to arrest the driver.

Plus, what the Diocese of Fresno is saying about Monsignor Craig Harrison following a decision from the district attorney's office.

WHEN THE DRIVER WAS FINALLYTAKEN INTO CUSTODY.REPORTER LIVEGOOD MORNING.THANKS FOR JOINING USI'M TORI COOPERWE'RE GOING TO START THINGS OFFTHIS MORNING WITH 23 ABC'SALEX BELL WITH A LOOK AT YOURSTORM SHIELD FORECAST.DRY WEATHER WILL CONTINUE OVERTHE AREA THROUGH ATLEAST THURSDAY WITH ABOVE NORMALTEMPERATURESFOR THE MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY.WINDY CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOPTHROUGH ANDBELOW THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINPASSES AND INTO THEDESERT TODAY.THE MAIN IMPACT WILL BE ANINCREASE IN WINDS ACROSSTHE MOUNTAINS AND DESERT.A WIND ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUEDFOR NOON TODAY THROUGH 10 AMMONDAY.TEMPERATURES WILL COOL SLIGHTLYON MONDAY BUT WILLSTILL BE A LITTLE ABOVE NORMAL.HIGH PRESSURE REGAINS CONTROL ONTUESDAY AND DRYWEATHER PREVAILS THROUGH ATLEAST THURSDAY.ALMOST 2,000 PG&E CUSTOMERS INCENTRAL BAKERSFIELD AREWITHOUT POWER, ACCORDING TO THEUTILITY'S OUTAGE MAP.THE OUTAGE FIRST REGISTERED ONTHE MAP JUSTAFTER 7:00 A.M.CREWS ARE ASSESSING THE SCENE ATTHIS TIME AND THECAUSE OF THE OUTAGE IS STILLUNKNOWN.PG&E ESTIMATES THAT POWER WILLBE RESTORED FOR IMPACTEDCUSTOMERS BY 10:15 THIS MORNING.TOPPING OUR NEWS THIS MORNING--- A SUSPECTED DUIDRIVER IN A WHITE CADILLAC LEDAUTHORITIES ON A BIZARRE SLOW-SPEED CHASE ALONG THE 5 FREEWAYSATURDAY NIGHT.WATCH THE LEFT SIDE OF YOURSCREEN.

THIS IS VIDEO FROM ACALTRANS CAMERA AS THE CHASETRAVELEDSOUTH BOUND ON I-5 NEAR FRAZIERMOUNTAIN PARK ROAD.ACCORDING TO OUR A-B-C AFFLIATEIN LOS ANGELES --- THECHASE STARTED JUST BEFORE 9 LASTNIGHT IN MONTEBELLO.THE SLOW-MOVING DRIVER ONLYREACHED SPEEDS OF 40MILES PER HOUR --- BUT REFUSEDTO PULL OVER --- EVENTUALLYMAKING THEIR WAY TO KERN COUNTY.BAKERSFIELD C-H-P OFFICIALS TOOKOVER THE PURSUIT ONHIGHWAY 99 NORTH OF THE TEJONOUTLETS.THE DRIVER WAS ONLY IN KERN FORABOUT 30 MINUTES BEFOREHEADING BACK TOWARDS L-A.LOS ANGELES C-H-P OFFICIALSARRESTED THE DRIVER JUSTBEFORE 1 A-M.THE DIOCESE OF FRESNO HASANNOUNCED THAT MONSIGNORCRAIG HARRISON WILL REMAIN ONPAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE ---DESPITE THE FRESNO DISTRICTATTORNEY'SOFFICE CLOSING ITS INVESTIGATIONINTO HARRISON -- WHO IS ACCUSEDOF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT WITHMINORS.THE STATEMENT BY THE DIOCESE OFFRESNO READS QUOTE ""NOWTHAT THE FRESNO DISTRICTATTORNEY'S OFFICE HASDISCLOSED ITS DETERMINATION ANDCLOSED ITS INVESTIGATION --THEDIOCESAN INVESTIGATION WILLRESUME.

MSGR CRAIGHARRISON WILL REMAIN ON PAIDADMINISTRATION LEAVE.

DURINGTHE COURSE OF THE DIOCESANINVESTIGATION THERE WILL BE NOFURTHER COMMENT." END QUOTE.THE FRESNO DISTRICT ATTORNEY'SOFFICEANNOUNCED FRIDAY THAT IT WOULDNOT BE FILING CRIMINALCHARGES AGAINST HARRISON.KERN COUNTY HAS AN ABUNDANCE OFDIVERSE WILDLIFE--- BUT NOW YOU HAVE A CHANCE TOMEET SOME CRITTERS THATAREN'T FROM AROUND THESE PARTSTODAY AT THE KERN COUNTYFAIRGROUNDS..THE ANNUAL REPTILE AND PET EXPOIS IN BAKERSFIELD FORONE MORE DAY.THE EVENT FEATURES REPTILESHOWS, EDUCATIONALWORKSHOPS, AND ANIMAL ADOPTIONS.THERE ARE CAT AND DOG ADOPTIONS-- AND ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS WITH APOSSUM, SLOTH, AND EVEN ANALLIGATOR!THE EXPO ALSO HAS SEMINARSWHERE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY CANLEARN MORE ABOUT THE EXOTICANIMALS AT THIS EVENT...."NOT ONLY DO YOU GET TO COME ANDLEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT EXOTICPETS PER SAY -- BECAUSE REPTILESARE KIND OF EXOTIC -- BUT YOUCAN ALSO GET CLOSE UP WITHANIMALS THAT YOUNORMALLY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO ATTHE ZOO, WHICH IS WHAT I DO.

SOI TELL YOUWHY AN ALLIGATOR ISN'T A GOODPET, AND PLEASE STOP BRINGINGTHEM INTOCALIFORNIA BECAUSE I'M GOING TOHAVE THIS ANIMAL FOR THE REST OFMY LIFE -- IT'SOVER 50 YEARS.THE REPTILE AND PET EXPO STARTSAT 10 A-M TODAY IN BUILDINGTHREEAT THE FAIRGROUNDS.ADMISSION IS $8 FOR KIDS, $12FOR ADULTS AND PARKING IS FREE.ALEX, DO YOU REMEMBER WHENEXTREME MAKE OVER HOMEEDITION WAS IN TOWN LAST SUMMER?WELL, TODAY THEEPISODE WILL BE AIRING.23 ABC'S AUSTIN WESTFALL IS ATTHE FOX THEATER DOWNTOWNWHERE A SPECIAL VIEWING PARTYWILL BE HAPPENING LATERTODAY.

AUSTIN?BACK IN AUGUST THE EXTREMEMAKEOVER CREW CAME TOBAKERSFIELD TO FILM AN EPISODE,GIVING A FAMILY A BRAND NEWHOME.

IN ORDER TO BUILD THAT NEWHOME THOUGH, THEYNEEDED LOCAL HELP.

HUNDREDS OFLOCAL WORKERSSTEPPED UP, INCLUDING JOHNBALFANZ HOMES, WHO WAS THEGENERAL CONTRACTER.

IM HERE WITHGREG BALFANZ, THE CEOOF THE COMPANY.GREG HOW DOES A TEAM BUILD AFULL HOME IN JUST ONE WEEK?WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGINGPART OF THEPROCESS?WHAT ARE THE DETAILS FOR THEWATCH PARTY?AT THE FOX THEATER AUSTINWESTFALL 23ABC CONNECTING YOU.IT'S "A VETERAN'S VOICE" THATENLISTED IN THE MARINE CORP ATTHE AGE OF 16..FILIBERTO LUJAN FOLLOWED THELEAD OF HIS GRANDFATHERWHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR ONE..ALONG WITH HIS FATHER ANDTHREE UNCLES WHO FOUGHT IN WORLDWAR II.

ALL MARINES..

BUT IT WASAN EXPERIENCE THAT HIS ELDERSNEVER SPOKE OF..

UNTIL THE'BEAR' RETURNED FROM VIETNAM.23ABC'S MIKE HART HAS MORE.SOT - 134950 - "EVERTIME IASKED,ONE WORD, IT WAS ROUGH"FILIBERTO 'BEAR' LUJAN GREW UPON A RESERVATION..

AMEMBER OF THE OH-GA-LA-LA LAKOTANATION.SOT - 134550 - NAMED STRENGTH OFTHEBEAR"SEVERAL FAMILY MEMBERS WERE ALSOPART OF ANOTHER NATION..THE U-S MARINE CORP.SOT - 135100 - GRADUATED 16,TOOKTESTS, POP SIGNED PAPERS, SAIDTRANSPORTATION WAS LEAVING LA 2DAYSAFTER BIRTHDAY.IT WAS 1960..

AND ONCE HEFINISHED BOOT CAMP..

FILIBERTOJOINEDA NEW OUTFIT..

MARINE FORCERECON.SOT - 135245 - PENETRATE DEEPBEHIND ENEMY LINES, DON'T LEAVESIGN YOURE THERE, GET INTEL, GETOUT..HIS FIRST REAL DEPLOYMENT CAMEIN LATE 1962..

FIRSTFORCE RECON BOARDING THE U- S-SENTERPRISE AIRCRAFT CARRIER..DURING THE CUBAN MISSLE CRISIS.IF PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S BLOCKADEDIDN'T WORK..

LUJAN'SUNIT WOULD HEAD FOR CUBA TOSECURE A LANDING ZONEFOR THE 82ND AIRBORNE.SOT - BEAR - 140545 - 'I WASSITTING IN THEPLANE, READY TO CATAPULT, IFTHEY HADN'T TURNED AROUND."WHEN HE RETURNED HOME..

HERE-ENLISTED..

AND JOINED THE3RD MARINES FORCE RECON AT THESTART OF THE VIETNAM WAR..LANDING IN DANANG.SOT - BEAR - 141025 - 3PLATOONS, GIVEN DIFFSECTORS TO GET INTEL MINE ALONGDMZ, BORDER LAOS, N.

VIETNAM.LUJAN SAYS HIS UNIT WOULD REPELFROM HELICOPTERSWHEN THEY ARRIVED AT THE LANDINGZONE..

AND GET HOISTEDOUT WHEN THEY FINALLY LEFT..

THEHUEYS NEVER TOUCHING THEGROUND.SOT - BEAR - 141130 - HADHARNESS,HOOKED UP, 5 SECS AND THEY WEREGONE, IF YOU DIDNJ'T HOOK UP,TOUGHSHIT..

THAT WAY EXTRACTED.'HIS UNIT WAS GONE FOR 10 DAYS TOTWO WEEKS AT A TIME..COMING VERY CLOSE TO THE ENEMYON NUMEROUSOCCASIONS.SOT BEAR 141325 - I COULDAREACHED OUTAN TOUCH, SPLIT SEC THOUGHT SAWME, DIDN'T SEE ME.ONE MISSION ALONG THE HO CHI MINTRAIL..

BEAR CAME UNDER FIREWHILE HE WAS ON PATROL WITH HISBROTHER-IN-LAW WHO WAS A RADIOOPERATOR.SOT - 142010 - THE GUNFIGHT ON,JIM GOTSHOT IN THIGH..

I CARRIED JIMTWO DAYS THRU THE JUNGLE..

SAIDLEAVEME..

TOLD HIM WHAT TO DO WITHTHAT.'BEAR SERVED THREE TOURS INVIETNAM..

TAKIKNG PART INOPERATION HASTINGS, THE BATTLEOF HUE AND TETOFFENSIVE TO NAME A FEW.HE WON'T TALK ABOUT HISCONFIRMED KILLS AS A SNIPER..BUTDID MENTION ONE TIME..

AN N-V-ASQUAD WERE CHASING A GROUPOF MARINES..

WHEN THEY CAME INRANGE ABOUT 400 YARDS AWAY.SOT - BEAR - 143945 - I WASDOING MY JOB, ITOOK THEM ALL, HOW MANY..

SEVEN.FILIBERTO LUJAN ENDED HISDEPLOYMENT IN JULY OF 1971.IN ALL..

HE COLLECTED NUMEROUSMEDALS..

ANDCOMMENDATIONS.HE WAS WOUNDED FOUR TIMES.

THEFINAL TIME AS HE LANDED AT THEIRBASE UNDER FIRE..

ANDHIS FRIEND PETE RAN AHEAD OF HIMINTO A BUNKER.SOT - BEAR - 144100 - I WAS25YDS BEHINDHIM, BUNKER HIT ROCKET, I TOOKSHRAPNEL..

COULDN'T IDENTIFY HOWMANYIN BUNKER.WHEN HE RETURNED HOME FROMVIETNAM..

HIS FATHERWOULD FINALLY DISCUSS COMBATWITH HIM..

A CONVERSATIONTHAT ONLY A VETERAN WOULDUNDERSTAND.SOT - 135020 - WHY DIDN'T SAYYOUNGERWOULDN'T UNDERSTOOD IT..

BEENTHRU IT..

NOW UNDERSTAND IT.FILIBERTO LUJAN WENT ON THEHONOR FLIGHT..

AND STRUGGLEDWITH HIS EMOTIONS WHILE SITTINGIN FRONT OF THE VIETNAMWALL.BUT THE WORST SCARE OF HIS LIFECAME DURING THE GULF WAR..

WHENHIS OWN SONS LEFT COLLEGE ANDWANTED TO ENLIST..SOT - BEAR - 144645 - SPENT RESTOF DAYTALKING, CONVINCED THEM COMPLETESEMESTER, WANT TO JOIN..

THENJOIN.BUT THEY DIDN'T..ONE OF HIS SON'S WOULD OPEN REDHOUSE BBQ IN TEHACHAPI..

ANDHAS A SHRINE TO HIS FAMILYHISTORY AND THE MARINE CORP ONTHE BACK WALL.IT'S A PLACE YOU CAN FIND 'BEAR'QUITE OFTEN..

ON A DIFFERENTPATROL..

TO KEEP THESE MEMORIESALIVE.DRY WEATHER WILL CONTINUE OVERTHE AREA THROUGH AT




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