Three UC Berkeley Graduates Imprisoned In Iran Attend Occupy Oakland
The three University of California at Berkeley graduates who were imprisoned in Iran on espionage charges attended an "Occupy Oakland" rally Monday evening.
Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were scheduled to speak at the amphitheater on the north side of 14th Street just west of Broadway, where Occupy Oakland demonstrators have been holding general assemblies since last week in solidarity with New York's "Occupy Wall Street" protests.
Shourd, 33, and Bauer and Fattal, both 29, were arrested on July 31, 2009, after embarking on a hike in Iraq's Kurdistan region near the Iranian border. Iran accused the trio of espionage but released Shourd in September 2010 because she was in poor health.
Bauer and Fattal were sentenced in August to eight years in prison, but were released on Sept. 21 following negotiations spearheaded by Oman.
According to the Occupy Oakland website, the three hikers planned to talk about the connections that can be drawn between what they went through in Iran and the situation in U.S. prisons, as well as the hunger strikes taking place in California prisons.
The website stated that this was to be the first time the three will be speaking together publicly since their release.
Across the Bay, protesters in San Francisco planned to take action Monday with a march that started at Justin Herman Plaza.
The group's website, www.occupysf.com, says the march is "for basic human rights."
The site states, "With many basic human needs and rights not being met its (sic) time for the people to take back what is rightfully theirs."
The march comes after a violent Sunday night in which San Francisco police fitted in riot gear arrested five protesters who had set up tents in Justin Herman Plaza.
San Jose Apartment Complex Shooting
Police Monday identified the officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of a man at an apartment complex in San Jose on Sunday.
The officers were identified as Sgt. Sergio Carabarin, with 28 years of experience; Officer Ryan Kimber, who has 12 years of experience; and Reserve Officer Phil Juan, with 15 years of experience.
The three officers were called to a complex on the 400 block of Wooster Avenue around 11:45 a.m. on Sunday on a report of a suspicious person armed with a firearm, Officer Jose Garcia said.
The officers located and contacted the male suspect in the rear parking lot of the complex, but something happened that caused at least one officer to feel threatened. The officer fired his gun, wounding the suspect. That officer has now been identified as Carabarin.
Kimber and Juan deployed their Tasers on the suspect, Garcia said.
Paramedics were called, but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries, Garcia said.
Police are not yet identifying the man.
The shooting remains under investigation.
East Oakland Shooting Monday Morning
A man was shot in the abdomen in East Oakland Monday morning in a shooting that came after several days of violence in the city in which four people were killed and several others injured.
Monday morning's shooting happened in the area of 108th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard in East Oakland around 10:05 a.m.
Police surrounded an apartment building after the shooting but did not find any suspects, Officer Kevin McDonald said.
Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said media reports that police had fired shots into the apartment building during the search for the shooter were inaccurate.
"We did not fire any shots," she said.
The victim in the shooting is expected to survive, Watson said.
The shooting was the latest in a string of shootings across Oakland since Friday.
In the first shooting, which occurred at about noon on Friday in West Oakland, one person was killed and another injured when someone opened fire near 11th and Willow streets.
The second shooting happened around 3 p.m. Friday in the 1400 block of Seminary Avenue. The two victims were injured and transported themselves to a hospital.
Another shooting occurred around 3 a.m. Saturday and stemmed from a carjacking, police said. One person was killed in that shooting.
On Saturday night, around 11:40 p.m., two people were killed in a shooting in the 1300 block of MacArthur Boulevard at 13th Avenue.
No arrests have been made in any of the shootings.
Union City In-N-Out Shooting Suspects Arrested
Police arrested a suspect in a shooting at an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Union City early Sunday morning that critically injured a Hayward man.
Phi Pham, a 20-year-old Hayward resident, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder around 2 p.m. on Sunday, Union City police Lt. Ben Horner said.
Officers responded to the shooting at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday after Pham allegedly fired several rounds at a group of men sitting outside the fast food restaurant on Union Landing Boulevard, Sgt. Jared Rinetti said.
Rinetti said Pham and a few other men got into an argument with a 30-year-old Hayward man and his friends before the suspect began shooting.
The Hayward man was shot in the chest and rushed to a hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries.
Police said Monday that the victim is stable and expected to live.
A couple of bullets shot through the restaurant's glass windows during the incident, but none of the roughly 20 to 25 people inside were injured, Rinetti said.
Pham, who also goes by the nickname "Tommy", is a documented Hayward gang member associated with the "West Side Hayward" gang, according to Horner.
Sunnyside Power Drill Attack Suspect Released From Jail
A man accused of attacking his brother with a power drill at a home in San Francisco's Sunnyside neighborhood on Sunday morning was let out of jail days earlier where he was being held on suspicion of a hate crime attack, police and prosecutors said Monday.
The power drill attack was reported at 9:40 a.m. Sunday at a home in the 100 block of Judson Avenue.
Kevin Guerin, 57, was in jail on assault and criminal threats charges with hate crime enhancements until last Tuesday when a judge lowered his bail over the objection of prosecutors, allowing him to be released, district attorney's spokesman Omid Talai said.
Guerin then went to stay with his 61-year-old brother at the Judson Avenue home where the attack occurred four days later, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Andraychak said.
The brother had gotten out the drill to fix a broken door latch when, for an unknown reason, Guerin forced him into a bedroom, pushed him onto the bed and got control of the drill, Andraychak said.
Guerin allegedly threatened his brother's life then squeezed the trigger of the drill and brought it to his head and face, according to Andraychak.
After a struggle that caused the drill bit to fall out, Guerin allegedly struck his brother in the head with the drill and told him to leave the house, Andraychak said.
Officers responded and arrested Guerin while his brother was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are not considered life-threatening.
Guerin has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, battery and making criminal threats, with enhancements for having committed the offenses while out on bail in another felony case, Talai said.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges at 1:30 p.m. today at the San Francisco Hall of Justice.
San Jose Hells Angels Funeral Shooting
Police Monday identified a man who was shot to death at a funeral for a murdered Hells Angels member in San Jose on Saturday afternoon as 52-year-old Steve Tausan.
The funeral was being held at the Oak Hill Cemetery on Curtner Avenue and was attended by an estimated 4,000 people, Officer Jose Garcia said.
Garcia said the funeral was for Jeffrey Pettigrew, the 51-year-old president of the Hells Angels' San Jose chapter who was killed at John Ascuaga's Nugget casino resort in Sparks, Nev., on the night of Sept. 23.
Saturday's shooting was reported around 12:50 p.m. Officers arrived at the cemetery and made their way through the crowd, but once they got to the crime scene, they found it had been "tampered with," Garcia said. He did not explain further.
Someone at the funeral had taken Tausan to a hospital by the time the officers arrived. Tausan had been shot at least once and died of his injuries at the hospital, Garcia said.
Garcia said Tausan, a San Jose resident, was a "confirmed or validated member of the Hells Angels" motorcycle club. He would not comment on which chapter he was affiliated with.
In October 1997, Tausan and two others were charged with the murder of Kevin James Sullivan at the Pink Poodle strip club in San Jose on Aug. 24, 1997.
Tausan and one of the other defendants were ultimately acquitted by a jury. The third man pleaded no contest to a conspiracy charge before the trial started.
No arrests have been made in connection with Tausan's murder, and as of Monday morning, police had not identified any suspects.
Garcia said the investigation is ongoing and a motive for the shooting has not yet been established.
He said that after the shooting, most people left but some remained for Pettigrew's interment.
Former State Government Employee Dies From Fairfield Bicycle Crash
A former state government employee who was injured in a crash during a bicycle race in Fairfield on Saturday died Sunday at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
The Solano County coroner's office identified him as 65-year-old Robb Deignan, of Sacramento. The coroner's office conducted an autopsy Monday at the request of Fairfield police, Deputy Jackson Harris said.
Fairfield police said Deignan was participating in the annual 100-mile Foxy's Fall Century bike race through Napa and Solano counties Saturday.
He was descending Hilborn Road around 10:30 a.m. when he lost control of his bike and went down just before the Solano Foothills Boulevard intersection, police said.
Deignan was wearing a helmet but suffered serious head wounds because of his speed, police said.
He died at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Harris said.
Deignan was public affairs director for the California Department of General Services between 2000 and 2004, the department's current public affairs director Ken Hunt said.
"He was always focused on doing the right thing, even when people were not looking. He was the epitome of integrity, honesty and accuracy," Hunt said.
He had 15 years of experience in media relations and website development for the state Senate Democratic Caucus, and worked for 15 years as a radio and television reporter and anchor for KTXL-TV in Sacramento, according to his LinkedIn page.
He also was press secretary for former state Sen. John Garamendi in 1989. He most recently worked as a media consultant for the state Senate between 2006 and 2009.
He described himself on LinkedIn as "semi-retired and hanging out with my dog 'Buddy' and cycling junkies until the economy turns around."
Police Identify Man Struck By Vehicle In Santa Rosa Hit-And-Run
Police have identified a man who was struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run collision in west Santa Rosa on Saturday night as 55-year-old Oscar Cordova.
Cordova, a Santa Rosa resident, was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
On Sunday, he was transferred to Stanford Hospital where he was in critical condition Monday morning, Santa Rosa police Sgt. Rich Celli said.
Cordova was hit at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday as he was standing or walking in the southbound lanes of Stony Point Road where it crosses above state Highway 12, Celli said.
A witness said the driver fled south on Stony Point Road afterward, Celli said.
Cordova had a preliminary blood-alcohol level of 0.40 percent -- five times the level considered intoxicated, Celli said.
Cordova did not have any identification on him when he was struck, but a family member contacted police fearing that he was the victim, Celli said.
When police learned Monday morning that the hit-and-run victim had been transferred to Stanford Hospital, investigators sent the hospital photos of Cordova, and hospital personnel confirmed his identity, Celli said.
San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast
It is expected to be mostly cloudy in the morning in the Bay Area today before becoming sunny. Patchy fog is expected in the morning. Highs are likely to be in the mid 60s to lower 70s.
Mostly cloudy skies are likely this evening with patchy fog and areas of drizzle after midnight. Lows are expected to be in the mid 50s.
Mostly cloudy skies are expected Wednesday before becoming partly cloudy with patchy fog and areas of drizzle in the morning. Highs are expected to be in the 60s.
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