Tank Containing Chemical Leaks at Water Treatment Plant in St. Helena
A tank containing a chemical used as a disinfectant leaked at a water treatment plant in St. Helena Saturday, spilling around 11,000 gallons, Napa county fire officials said.
The 6.5 percent sodium hypochlorite was leaking at a rate of 5 gallons a minute from its containment area Saturday afternoon, according to Cal Fire Capt. Tom Knecht.
The leak, which was reported around 4:20 p.m., was contained and water treatment personnel pumped the chemical into portable storage tanks.
There were no reported injuries as a result of the spill and no evacuations, and there was no threat to structures in the area.
CHP, Caltrans Work to Reduce Speeds on Bay Bridge
The California Highway Patrol and Caltrans are working together to reduce speeds on the Bay Bridge as the structure continues to undergo seismic retrofits, bridge officials said Saturday.
Sensors built into the bridge have determined that westbound motorists typically drive about 10 mph over the speed limit during off-peak hours, according to bridge officials.
The CHP has therefore been increasing patrols on the span.
Officials said two temporary detours on the structure, which are products of the retrofit work, have made it especially important for motorists to obey speed limits on the bridge.
Another detour is scheduled to be put in place in early 2012. Increased CHP patrols will continue throughout August, officials said.
Construction Crews Closing Westbound Lanes of Highway 4 in Pittsburg and Antioch Monday Night
Construction crews will be closing all westbound lanes of state Highway 4 in Pittsburg and Antioch on Monday night, according to Caltrans.
The closure is scheduled as part of Caltrans and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority's project to widen Highway 4 through the area.
Westbound lanes of the highway will be closed from 10 p.m. Monday to 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Drivers will be detoured off the highway at the Somersville Road/Auto Center Drive exit in Antioch, where they will be directed to take a left onto Somersville Road. Somersville Road becomes Auto Center Drive.
Drivers will then take a left onto 10th Street, a left onto Loveridge Road, a right onto California Avenue and a left back onto westbound Highway 4 in Pittsburg.
Drivers should expect delays and are urged to drive carefully, Caltrans officials said.
A similar closure conducted Wednesday went smoothly and didn't cause any major problems, said Jake Jones, an assistant public information officer for the project.
East Oakland Library to Stay Open Late as Safe Youth Alternative
An East Oakland library will stay open late in August as part of the city's campaign to provide youth with safe alternative places to spend their weekend nights.
The 81st Avenue East Oakland Community Library has joined city officials and the Oakland Unified School District for their "Late Night Live!" initiative, which aims to provide city youth with a safe haven on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The program came about in April after the Oakland Unified School District police Chief Pete Sarna presented data to city department heads showing most student-related homicides and shootings occurred late on Friday and Saturday nights.
In response, the city and school district leaders, along with community groups and sponsors, established Late Night Live!, which will give students in East and West Oakland places to go and offer programs that include athletics, cooking classes, digital arts classes and a talent search, according to the mayor's office.
In one late night program, budding musicians will be able to participate in an eight-week talent search hosted by Grammy in the Schools and Youth Movement Records. Students will learn about the music industry as they compete in the talent search. The winner of the contest will perform at the 2011 Art & Soul Oakland festival on August 21 and 22.
The East Oakland branch library, located at 1021 81st Ave., has joined the youth safety initiative and will remain open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, as opposed to its normal closing time of 5:30 p.m., library officials said.
The extended hours will be in effect through August 27, except for August 13, when the library will be closed due to citywide budget cuts.
Five Penguin Chicks Return to San Francisco Zoo
Five penguin chicks graduated from "fish school" and returned to the San Francisco Zoo's Penguin Island Saturday morning for a graduation march -- or waddle.
The Magellanic penguins were hatched on Penguin Island in mid-May. They were removed from the exhibition area when they were about five-weeks old to attend "fish school" at the Avian Conservation Center, zoo officials said.
While at the school, the one female and four male chicks learned to swim and were hand-fed fish by animal-keepers to help them acclimate to people.
The graduates rejoined the zoo's other penguins, bringing the total number up to 49 -- the largest group of Magellanic penguins in North America, according to the zoo.
Four People Shot in Three Separate Incidents in Oakland
At least four people, including one male juvenile, were shot in three separate incidents Friday night and early Saturday morning, an Oakland police officer said.
A victim who was shot in the foot walked up to a DUI checkpoint at 34th Street and San Pablo Avenue to get assistance at 8:48 p.m., said Officer Kevin McDonald.
Another shooting was reported at 9:17 p.m. in the 1200 block of E. 15th St. A male juvenile was found with a gunshot wound and hospitalized.
Just before 2 a.m. police responded to a shooting in the 6500 block of Fenham St. where two gunshot victims were found, McDonald said.
Police did not have suspects in custody for the shootings or know the extent of victims' injuries.
Nine Drivers Arrested in Santa Rosa DUI, drivers license check on Friday
Nine drivers were arrested during a Santa Rosa DUI and drivers license check on Friday, Santa Rosa police said.
One person was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence, while other drivers were arrested for various violations, including having an outstanding warrant and driving without a license or with a suspended license, according to police.
The checkpoint was held at Fourth Street at Farmers Lane with 1,269 vehicles passing through, police said.
Friday's check was the ninth of the year, with more planned by the end of 2011, according to police.
Police said the goal of the checkpoint was to bring awareness to drivers about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Three Petaluma Men Arrested on Suspicion of Vandalizing Elementary School
Three Petaluma men were arrested Saturday morning on suspicion of vandalizing an elementary school after police allegedly saw one of them crash through a skylight, police said.
The suspects, Sean Norquist-Pocekay, 22, Jacob Robinson, 18, and Francis Filice, 22, all of Petaluma, were discovered at about 4 a.m. at Grant Elementary School, 200 Grant St., police said.
Officers responding to a possible vandalism in progress allegedly heard the suspects breaking items on the roof of the school, police said.
As the officers approached the school, Filice fell about 15 feet through a six-by-six-foot skylight and landed on the ground in the center quad area, police said.
He suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
Norquist-Pocekay and Robinson were removed from the roof and taken into custody, police said.
They were booked in county jail, and bail was set at $5,000.
San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast
The Bay Area is expected to be cloudy and foggy this morning, before becoming partly cloudy later today. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are likely, with southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Mostly clear skies are expected this evening, before becoming cloudy and foggy later tonight. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph are anticipated and lows are expected to be in the mid 50s.
Monday is expected to be mostly cloudy in the morning, before becoming sunny later in the day. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are anticipated, with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.