Almost 40 Taken to Hospital After Amtrak Train Crashes into Semi in Contra Costa County
Almost 40 people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries after an Amtrak train crashed into a semi-trailer truck in Contra Costa County Friday evening, an Amtrak spokeswoman said.
The San Joaquin line train left Oakland at 5:50 p.m. and was headed to Bakersfield, spokeswoman Vernae Graham said.
The train struck the truck around 7:30 p.m. near Discovery Bay at Bixler and Orwood roads, California Highway Patrol Officer Ralph Caggiano said.
It appears the truck was trying to cross the tracks, but did not clear the distance in time. The driver and a passenger in the big-rig suffered minor injuries, Caggiano said.
Thirty-seven passengers and two crewmembers were taken to three area hospitals. Everyone as of this morning had been released.
There were 204 passengers aboard the train, Graham said.
The train did not derail after the collision with the truck and its trailer carrying corn. Corn did spill but was cleared from the tracks and passengers were able to continue with their travels. Passengers who decided to go on departed for Bakersfield at 1:10 a.m. this morning. They were expected to arrive at their destination by 7 a.m., Graham said.
The crash is under investigation.
Sea Lion Being Treated After Crossing Highway in Burlingame
A sea lion is being treated at the Marine Mammal Center in Marin County Saturday morning after crossing a highway in Burlingame, a spokesman for the center said.
Animal rescuers received reports shortly before 7 a.m. this morning that a sea lion had crossed the north- and southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 101 near the Broadway off-ramp and had come to a stop in a ditch off the side of the road, spokesman Jim Oswald said.
The California Highway Patrol closed the off-ramp for about two hours and CHP officers, along with Burlingame police and personnel from the Peninsula Humane Society, kept watch over the animal while volunteer animal rescue crews responded, Oswald said.
It was not immediately clear how the animal came to be on the highway, although Oswald said there is a lagoon area nearby where the animal most likely came ashore.
The roughly 150-pound sea lion, whose sex was undetermined, was taken to the center to be examined and Oswald said the animal suffered trauma to its jaw.
The extent of injuries was not known and the animal is currently undergoing an extensive examination at the center, according to Oswald.
"The animal is going to be in good hands," he said.
Vehicle in Fatal San Leandro Crash Likely Fleeing Scene of Burglary
The vehicle involved in a fatal car crash in San Leandro early Saturday morning after a high speed pursuit was probably fleeing the scene of a burglary, according to police.
A San Leandro police officer spotted the 1990 Buick driving recklessly from the area of Food Maxx at 699 Lewelling Boulevard shortly before 3 a.m., CHP officials said.
When the officer tried to pull the Buick over, it sped away at high speeds on to northbound Interstate Highway 880 with police and the California Highway Patrol in pursuit.
The Buick exited at the 98th Avenue exit and drove through a dirt field before it crashed into a concrete center median.
The driver, a 27-year-old Oakland man, a San Leandro man, 29, and a 20-year-old Hayward woman died at the scene, CHP officials said.
Another woman was taken to the Alameda County Medical Center at Highland Hospital with life threatening injuries.
After the crash, police determined that the suspects were allegedly involved in a burglary at the Food Maxx store. Although an alcoholic container was found in the car, it was not immediately known if the driver or passengers were impaired, according to the CHP.
"This is a tragic incident," said police Lt. Greg Lemmon. "It is unfortunate that the driver chose to place the lives of his passengers at risk while making a conscious decision to drive in a reckless manner."
The names of the deceased victims have not yet been released. The California Highway Patrol will be investigating the crash, while the San Leandro Police Department will be conducting an administrative investigation into the incident.
California's Prison Realignment Starts Today
California's new realignment legislation, which will shift prisoners from state prisons to county level jails and programs, goes into effect today and one statewide organization has issued grades for more than a dozen counties based on their plans for the transition.
Under the new state legislation addressing overcrowding in state prisons, AB 109, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 4 and goes into effect today, state inmates convicted of nonviolent, non-serious offenses -- as well as adult parolees and juvenile offenders -- will return to local jurisdictions.
Californians United for a Responsible Budget, or CURB, a coalition of more than 40 organizations that aim to curb spending by reducing the number of prisoners and prisons, issued grades for 13 counties based on their plans for realignment.
This massive realignment gives counties the chance to implement reforms that could shift resources away from "simply locking people up," CURB officials said.
CURB based their grading system on the counties' plans to balance alternative sentencing and corrections spending.
"Even though education spending has been absolutely pummeled by budget cuts, students returning to school this fall are still expected to perform," CURB coordinator Emily Harris said in a statement.
With this in mind, CURB officials evaluated county plans and issued pass, fail, and incomplete grades.
Of the 13 counties evaluated, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties scored the highest -- each county received passing grades for their use of alternative solutions, such as drug treatment, housing programs and restorative justice programs, according to CURB.
Alameda and Contra Costa counties received incompletes and San Mateo County received a failing grade, CURB officials said.
30 Fallen Firefighters Honored in Sacramento
Two San Francisco firefighters who died in the line of duty were among the 30 fallen firefighters who were honored at a memorial ceremony in Sacramento Saturday.
Lt. Vincent Perez, 48, and firefighter-paramedic Anthony Valerio, 53, died after a flashover explosion occurred while they were battling a house fire in the city's Diamond Heights neighborhood in June.
Hundreds of uniformed firefighters throughout the state gathered at the state Capitol to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, including Valerio and Perez.
The names of the 30 fallen firefighters will be added to the California Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento's Capitol Park, which honors more than 1,100 firefighters.
Gov. Jerry Brown and Vallejo fire Capt. Brett Smith were among those scheduled to attend this afternoon's memorial.
Man Suspected of Stabbing His Parents in San Leandro Arrested
Detectives arrested a man suspected of stabbing his parents in San Leandro Tuesday night, police said.
Officers responded to a home on Bradrick Drive Tuesday at around 11 p.m. on reports of a stabbing.
An investigation revealed that the mother, 53, was involved in an argument with her son, 27-year-old Daniel Vahey.
Vahey allegedly stabbed his mother in the face, punched his wheelchair-bound father, 58, and then stabbed him in the abdomen, according to police.
The victims were hospitalized with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Vahey was located at another residence Wednesday morning and he was taken into custody, police said.
Suspicious Device Found on Fairfield Street
A suspicious device was found on a Fairfield street Friday afternoon, Fairfield police said.
Officers responded to Gulf Drive, just south of Sequoia Drive, at 12:16 p.m. to find what appeared to be a small improvised explosive device resting on the street.
As a safety precaution the neighborhood was cordoned off and nearby residents were asked to shelter in place. The Yolo County Bomb Squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Task Force responded to the scene and rendered the device safe, according to police.
This is the second incident where an explosive device was found in this neighborhood. On Aug. 28 a device was discovered on Gulf Drive near Redwood Drive -- about a block away from Friday's incident.
Both devices appear to be constructed similarly and are believed to be related to each other, police said.
Out-of-State Sex Offenders Now Must Register in California
Out-of-state sex offenders will now be required to register in California under new legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The bill, SB 622, requires out-of-state sex offenders to register upon moving to California, according to the office of senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett, D-San Leandro.
"This new law will help make everyone a little safer by ensuring out-of-state sex offenders are subject to the same sex offender registration requirements, and are publicly known, as in-state offenders are," Corbett said in a statement.
Corbett's office sited Phillip Garrido as an example of an out-of-state sex offender who moved to California and committed another sexual crime. Garrido was sentenced to 431 years in prison for kidnapping 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years.
Corbett's office said the legislation passed the senate with unanimous approval and will take effect Jan. 1, 2012.
The legislation was co-authored by Corbett, Sens. Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose, Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto, Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, and Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucaipa.
Monterey County Coroner's Office Identifies Man Who Died in Pebble Beach
The Monterey County coroner's office has identified a man who died after he fell from his truck while working as a tree trimmer in Pebble Beach Wednesday.
Salinas resident Carlos Amezcua, 46, died after he was injured when he fell from a boom truck while trimming a tree on Cortez at Ronda roads in Pebble Beach, coroner's officials said.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the California Division of Occupational Health and Safety.
An autopsy was scheduled for Friday, officials said.
Two DUI Checkpoints in San Rafael Nets Arrests
Two DUI checkpoints in San Rafael Friday night netted as many drunken driving arrests, San Rafael police said.
The two checkpoints were conducted at the intersections of Third and Union streets and Irwin Street and Fifth Avenue starting at 6 p.m. and running until midnight. More than 1,500 vehicles passed through the checkpoints throughout the night.
Police asked 11 drivers to perform a field sobriety test. From those tests, two were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, police said.
One of the arrested drivers had a blood alcohol level of .267, police said. That is three times the legal limit, which is .08. The suspected drunken driver had attempted to evade the checkpoint by driving the wrong way down a one-way street, according to police.
Two other drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license.
Suspet in 2007 Bank Robbery in Prunedale Found in Santa Cruz
A suspect in a 2007 bank robbery in Prunedale was found in Santa Cruz Thursday evening, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.
Lloyd Harman, 24, a transient from Santa Cruz, was found Thursday around 7 p.m. at a resident on River Street. He was wanted for his role during an October 2007 robbery of Union Bank, located at 8071 San Miguel Canyon Road in Prunedale, sheriff's officials said.
Santa Cruz police officers searched the River Street area after learning the suspected bank robber was hiding there. Officers found Harman after an arrest warrant was issued in September of this year.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office Conducted Nearly Three Dozen Probabtion, Parole Searches
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office working with federal and state departments conducted nearly three dozen probation and parole searches and sex offender compliance checks throughout the county Thursday, sheriff's officials said.
The U.S. Marshals, state parole and Santa Cruz probation offices worked with sheriff's officials to conduct seven parole/probation searches and 27 residence compliance checks for registered sex offenders, according to officials.
The check led to two arrests of two men from unincorporated Watsonville. Suspect Lloyd McBroom, 56, was arrested on suspicion of failing to disclose the address that he was living at, according to sheriff's officials.
The second suspect Scott Martin, 57, was arrested on suspicion of a parole violation.
The 34 combined probation, parole and compliance checks were conducted in unincorporated areas of Live Oak, Aptos and Watsonville.
Man Injured in Oakland Robbery Dies
A man who was injured in a robbery in Oakland earlier this month died Saturday morning, and police say they have launched an investigation.
Brian Little, a 38-year-old Tracy resident, flagged down police on Sept. 21 just after midnight on the 800 block of International Boulevard, telling officers he had been robbed, police Officer Johnna Watson said.
Little was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries, and while there he suffered a heart attack that left him in critical condition.
This morning at 9:15 a.m. the Alameda County Coroner's Office contacted police that Little had died. An autopsy will determine the cause of death.
The Major Crimes Section is taking over the investigation into Little's death.
Officers Respond to Oakland Shooting
Officers responded to a shooting in Oakland Thursday night, police said.
The shooting occurred at 90th Avenue and International Boulevard around 10 p.m.
The victim suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.
No suspect information was immediately available.
Bay Area Sunday Weather
Cloudy skies in the morning are expected today in the Bay Area, before becoming partly cloudy later in the day. Highs will be in the lower to mid 60s.
Mostly clear skies becoming mostly cloudy are anticipated this evening. Lows are expected to be in the mid 50s.
Monday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain.
Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are expected.