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Woman Robbed In Mission District Business Late Tuesday

A woman was robbed at gunpoint at a business in San Francisco's Mission District late Tuesday night, police said.    

The robbery was reported at about 11:05 p.m. Tuesday in the 2800 block of Mission Street near 24th Street.

The suspect, a man in his mid 20s, entered the business through a back door and pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at a 41-year-old woman inside, according to police.

The man took cash and a cellphone from the victim and then ran away. He had not been found as of this morning, police said.

The woman was not injured in the robbery.    

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.


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San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday News Roundup

Police Search For Suspects In Bayview Shootout

Police are searching for two suspects involved in a shootout that injured a 5-year-old girl in San Francisco's Bayview District Tuesday afternoon.

The girl was walking home with her father on Third Street near Palou Avenue at around 4:30 p.m. when the father heard gunshots, police Officer Carlos Manfredi said.

The father saw that his daughter had fallen to the ground and discovered that she had been shot in her left knee, Manfredi said.

He flagged down police who called for paramedics and the girl was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is in stable condition as of Tuesday night, Manfredi said.

Police said they believe there were two shooters and at least four shots were fired. The suspects were firing at each other and the girl was not the intended target, he said.

San Jose Search Warrant For Marijuana Collective In Connection With Homocide And Crime Spree

Detectives served a search warrant at a marijuana collective in San Jose in connection with Friday's homicide and crime spree, police announced Tuesday.

Police said investigators believe that at least two people associated with the Tree House Marijuana Collective at 190 Commercial St. aided and abetted Paul Ray Castillo, 33, who was arrested in Sacramento Sunday in connection with carjacking, kidnapping and the murder of a Campbell woman.

Castillo began his alleged crime spree around 10 a.m. Friday at a Chevron gas station on Lincoln Avenue, where he allegedly approached a 42-year-old man while he was pumping gas and shot him during a robbery attempt, Sgt. Jason Dwyer said.

The victim was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and is expected to survive.

Castillo then allegedly fled the scene in a Nissan 300Z that had been reported stolen nine days earlier. Police later found the car at The Plant shopping center at Monterey Road and Curtner Avenue, about a mile from the gas station.

There, he allegedly carjacked 60-year-old Cindy Nguyen around noon.

Castillo wasn't seen again until six hours later, when police spotted his vehicle near a condo complex near Mabury and North King roads. An officer fired several shots at him after he allegedly tried to run over the officer, Dwyer said. He crashed the car and fled on foot and could not be located despite an extensive search.

Nguyen's body was found at 8 a.m. Saturday in a home in the 500 block of North 12th Street. Castillo has ties to that home, Dwyer said.    

Officers searched for Castillo throughout the weekend, even using a grounded police helicopter, until they finally tracked him down in West Sacramento and took him into custody around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Castillo is being held without bail at Santa Clara County Jail on several charges, including parole violation, armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping. Dwyer said he was not booked on a homicide charge, but that it is likely he will also face a homicide charge once the police report is complete.

Aida Alamillo Gives Birth On San Francisco-Bound Plane

Aida Alamillo, 41, knew she was in for a long flight when she boarded a San Francisco-bound plane in Manila Monday night.    

But despite being nearly nine months pregnant, the Filipino woman said she wasn't expecting what came next -- her son's birth mere hours before the Boeing 747 landed.

"I didn't expect I would have a baby there...it just happened," she said Tuesday from her room at the Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, where she and her newborn were transported upon landing in San Francisco.

Although she was due to give birth on Sept. 28, Alamillo said she got the ok to fly from her doctor in the Philippines and Philippine Airlines medical personnel. She said she was in a rush to visit her ailing father in Boston, where she plans to live.

The mother of four was traveling with her 13-year-old son, whom she said alerted flight attendants during the flight that she was experiencing stomach pains.

When what she quickly realized were contractions grew stronger, flight attendants led Alamillo to a private spot in a Business Class cabin on the plane's upper deck.

A trio of nurses traveling on the flight came up to help after a flight attendant announced that a passenger was going into labor, she said.    

At 3:25 p.m. Monday, just a few hours before the plane was set to land, Alamillo gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Philippine Airlines officials said the plane's passengers burst into applause after hearing the baby's cries fill the cabin.

Alamillo named her newborn son Kevin Raymar Francis Domingo -- adding the name "Francis" as a nod to his birth en route to San Francisco.

Family Members Of Michelle Le Plan Memorial Service After Her Body Was Found

Family members of Michelle Le say they are planning a memorial service for her now that the missing nursing student's body has been found and identified.

In a statement issued late Monday after the Alameda County coroner's bureau confirmed that the body found in Niles Canyon near Fremont on Saturday morning is Le's, her family members said, "We are grieving and preparing a memorial service for her -- a proper goodbye."

Le's family thanked the public "for your support prayers and thoughts" during the search for Le, 26, who disappeared on May 27 from the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hayward.    

Samuel Merritt University released a statement saying the mood at the school is one of "heartache and sadness." Le was a student in the school's Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Le left the medical center in Hayward around 7 p.m. on May 27, telling a classmate she was going to go to her car during a break, Hayward police Lt. Roger Keener said.

She never returned. Her instructor later went to the parking garage looking for her and called police to report her disappearance.

Le's car was found the next morning around 9 a.m. parked on Ponderosa Court, about half a mile from the medical center, Keener said.   

On Saturday, volunteers found a body in an unincorporated area between Pleasanton and Sunol where authorities believe Le had been, based on cellphone records.

The Alameda County coroner's bureau confirmed Monday evening that the body was that of Le, but said it has not yet determined the manner and cause of her death.

The suspect in Le's killing, Giselle Esteban, 27, was taken into custody on the morning of Sept. 7 in Union City, Keener said. She was arrested on suspicion of murder, although Le's body hadn't yet been found then.

Proposed Cuts To Federal Transportation Funding Could Severely Impact CalTrain, Bart

Proposed cuts to federal transportation funding could severely impact Caltrain, BART and other Bay Area transit agencies, officials said Tuesday.

The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed a six-month extension of the Surface Transportation Authorization bill, which helps support the operations of major public transportation agencies around the Bay Area and across the country.

A faction in Congress is pressing for a permanent version of the bill that would cut transportation funds by one-third, BART Board President Bob Franklin said.

"We have a choice," Franklin said in a statement. "A House version of the Surface Transportation Authorization that would cut our funding by 30 percent, or a Senate version - led by California Sen. Barbara Boxer - that would maintain current funding."

BART Tuesday joined other Bay Area transit agencies in a national day of action to preserve funding, called "Don't X Out Public Transportation Day."

A 30 percent reduction in funding would force Caltrain to defer replacement of an estimated 30 vehicles over the next three to five years and eventually reduce its number of hourly trains, spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

SamTrans bus service would also be impacted, Dunn said. SamTrans would have to defer replacement of about 60 buses, increasing wait times and adding an estimated $2 million in maintenance costs for the older vehicles.

Police Investigate Shooting Of Man In East Palo Alto

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in East Palo Alto Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Officers responded to the 2500 block of Illinois Street at around 1:45 p.m. on reports of a shooting.

Responding officers did not find a victim at that location and it was later determined that a private party had taken the victim, Jonathan Pittman of East Palo Alto, to a hospital in Redwood City, police said.

Pittman, 21, succumbed to injuries a short time later.    

Police are asking anyone with information to email police at epa@tipnow.org, or leave a voicemail or text a tip to the anonymous line at (650) 409-6792.

Scientists, Environmentalists, Students Convened In Oakland To Discuss San Francisco Estuary Partnership

Hundreds of scientists, environmentalists and students convened in Oakland Tuesday to discuss the San Francisco Estuary Partnership's newly released "State of the San Francisco Bay" report.

Audience members at the partnership's 10th biennial conference heard the report's authors outline their findings, which measure key bay health indicators such as water quality, the state of native habitats and quantity of native and non-native wildlife.

The project's leader, Andrew Gunther, executive director for the Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration, called the 70-page report a "comprehensible assessment of whether we're doing the right things" to maintain the bay's health.

The authors said this year's report -- the first comprehensive assessment released by the organization in over a decade - reveals a cleaner bay than scientists have seen in past decades, but also one needing more wetland restoration and freshwater flows from the Delta and nearby rivers, among other improvements.

While the report shows improved water quality, with lower levels of heavy metal pollutants from wastewater plants, the bay is still home to a host of harmful pollutants from urban runoff, including mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.

The authors cautioned that people should limit their intake of bay fish, as they absorb some of these pollutants.

Additionally, Natural Resources Defense Council scientist Christina Swanson said that the bay lacks much-needed fresh water, a factor that has contributed to a deteriorating fish population, except for shrimp and crab.

Man Accused Of 2008 Attack On Work Colleague Convicted

A man accused of a 2008 attack on a former work colleague who fired him in San Francisco has been convicted of torture, mayhem, assault and battery, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Roger Broyles, 49, was convicted last Wednesday of charges that he brutally attacked the chief financial officer of the company where he worked after the CFO told him he was fired, district attorney's spokesman Seth Steward said.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2008, Broyles punched the victim and knocked him to the ground, then repeatedly punched and kicked his face and body.

The victim was temporarily in a coma following the attack and suffered massive internal bleeding, multiple facial fractures, lacerations of his spleen and liver, and a broken lower backbone vertebra, prosecutors said.      

After the attack, Broyles also destroyed several of the victim's possessions.

Broyles admitted to attacking the victim, saying he "wanted him to hurt like I've been hurting for the last year because of him," prosecutors said.

The conviction came last Wednesday after a four-week trial and four days of deliberation by a San Francisco Superior Court jury.    

On Thursday, the jury also found true the allegation that Broyles had a prior conviction for burglary.

Broyles is scheduled to be sentenced in the case on Nov. 3. He faces a maximum sentence of 19 years to life in state prison, according to the district attorney's office.

Boy Fatally Shot In South San Francisco

A 14-year-old boy who was fatally shot in South San Francisco on Sunday night has been identified as Joseph Maharaj, according to the San Mateo County coroner's office.

The South San Francisco boy was with two other teenagers in the 600 block of First Lane at about 8:50 p.m. when as many as four suspects drove up in a black 2004 or 2005 four-door Honda Civic or Accord, police Sgt. Joni Lee said.

At least one of the suspects opened fire on the three boys, wounding two of them, Lee said.    

Both victims were taken to a hospital, where Maharaj died from his wounds, Lee said. The second is expected to survive.

Investigators are trying to determine if the gunshots were fired from inside the vehicle, or if the suspects got out of the car and approached the victims on foot.

The shooting remains under investigation.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy skies and light winds are expected in the Bay Area today, with highs in the mid 60s to lower 80s.

Clear skies are anticipated this evening before becoming partly cloudy. Lows are expected to be in the mid 50s.    

Thursday is expected to be mostly cloudy in the morning with patchy fog before becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the 60s to lower 70s are expected.


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Local Military Veterans To Mark End Of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Almost two decades after the military policy that bans homosexuals from openly serving in the armed forces went into effect, "don't ask, don't tell" become a thing of the past today.

The 18-year ban on openly gay troops was officially repealed at midnight. The change was set in motion in December, when President Obama signed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act, which he said would enhance the quality of the military.

"As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love," Obama said in a statement this morning.

This afternoon in San Francisco, gay and lesbian military veterans will gather to celebrate the repeal along with current and former elected officials -- including state Sen. Mark Leno and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who are both openly gay.

The celebration and news conference are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the San Francisco War Memorial Building on Van Ness Avenue.

A party is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center at 1800 Market St. in San Francisco.

Separately, another group will gather in San Francisco's Castro District tonight to call for full equality for LGBT service members.    

The demonstration, which begins at Harvey Milk Plaza at 6:30 p.m., aims to highlight what organizers say is a need for a non-discrimination policy and transgender protections for service members.

"History has taught us that separate is not equal," GetEQUAL organizer Dennis Veite said in a statement. "While DADT is gone, we will fight on."

Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said that although there is more work to be done to ensure full equality, the end of the ban should be hailed.

"Today is not just the end of 'don't ask, don't tell,' it is the beginning of a new era in which government policies that discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity are rightly seen as shameful and outmoded," Kendell said in a statement.

Before the repeal could go into effect, Obama, the Secretary of  Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had to certify that ending the policy would not hinder the troops.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer released a statement this morning hailing the repeal.

"A barrier has been lifted, and our military and our nation will be stronger because of it," Boxer said.

One of the few openly gay service members who fought her discharge and won -- retired U.S. Navy Commander Zoe Dunning -- is expected to attend the events in San Francisco today commemorating the ban's end.    

Dunning publicly came out in January 1993 and successfully fought her discharge under the then-newly enacted ban. She served until her retirement four years ago. 


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Woman Beaten, Robbed In SOMA On Monday Afternoon

A woman was beaten and robbed in broad daylight in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood on Monday afternoon, police said.

The robbery was reported at about 1:05 p.m. near the intersection of Mission and Sixth streets.

The 49-year-old woman was approached from behind by a man who punched her in the back of the head as another suspect came up to her and struck her forehead with his hand, according to police.

The woman fell to the ground, and one of the suspects grabbed her backpack and they ran away, police said.

The victim complained of pain to the back of the head but refused medical treatment, according to police.

The suspects, described as men in their early to mid-20s, had not been found as of this morning.

Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.


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Three Injured In Fight Outside Candlestick Park Sunday

Three people were arrested after a fight outside a San Francisco 49ers game at Candlestick Park on Sunday that injured three others, police said.

At about 5 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a report of a fight in the parking lot outside the stadium, where the 49ers had just lost to the Dallas Cowboys 27-24 in overtime.

The officers found one person bleeding from the head and detained three suspects believed to have assaulted the victim and his friend, according to police.

Investigators believe the fight started because the victim was standing behind the suspects' car and did not allow them to back out. An argument ensued, and the suspects got out of the car and assaulted the victim, police said.

The suspects hit the victim in the head with a flashlight and bottle, and when the victim's friend tried to step in, he was punched in the head.

A security guard who witnessed the altercation tried to stop the fight but was attacked as well, and was punched several times in the head, according to police.

After officers arrested the three suspects, whose names have not been released, they searched the car and found a pistol hidden beneath a beanie cap in the center console, police said.

The three victims were taken to a hospital to be treated for their injuries and were later released.

San Francisco police stepped up patrols around Candlestick Park after several violent incidents marred a 49ers preseason game against the Oakland Raiders last month.


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Woman Gives Birth On Flight From Philippines To SF

A woman flying into San Francisco from the Philippines Monday night arrived with more than she left with when she gave birth on board, San Francisco International Airport officials confirmed this morning.

An SFO communications official said everyone is healthy and the mother and her new baby were transported to a hospital when they landed in the Bay Area.


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Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Alameda County Coroner's Bureau Confirms Finding Michelle Le's Body In Niles Canyon

The Alameda County coroner's bureau confirmed Monday evening that the body found in Niles Canyon Saturday morning is missing nursing student Michelle Le.

Hayward police said that although the body has been identified, forensic pathology examinations are ongoing to determine the exact manner and cause of death.

Le, 26, disappeared on May 27 from the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hayward. She left the medical center around 7 p.m. that day, telling a classmate she was going to go to her car during a break, Keener said.

She never returned. Her instructor later went to the parking garage looking for her and called police to report her disappearance.    

Le's car was found the next morning around 9 a.m. parked on Ponderosa Court, about half a mile from the medical center, Keener said.    

He said investigators found bloodstains in the vehicle, and it was later determined that the blood was Le's.

On Saturday, volunteers found a body in an unincorporated area between Pleasanton and Sunol where authorities believe Le had been, based on cellphone records.

Giselle Esteban, 27, was taken into custody on the morning of Sept. 7 as she was leaving her Union City home, Hayward police Lt. Roger Keener said. She was arrested on suspicion of murder, Keener said.    

Esteban appeared in Alameda County Superior Court Monday on the charge that she killed Le, but her plea entry was postponed because she hasn't yet finalized her legal representation.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris Joins Bay Area Mayors At News Conference

California Attorney General Kamala Harris joined half a dozen mayors from throughout the state at a news conference in Oakland Monday to pledge her ongoing commitment to address gang violence statewide.

The speeches set the tone for the fourth annual, two-day meeting of the California Cities Gang Prevention Network, a 13-city coalition formed by the National League of Cities that city leaders said has helped slash violent crime rates in their communities.

Each of the mayors who spoke at Monday's conference -- including San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan - also signed a "Mayors' Call to Action" urging federal, state and local government officials to continue efforts to prevent and end gang violence.

"There is no way to solve this problem unless cities are together," Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue said, speaking to dozens of Bay Area government officials, nonprofit leaders and reporters.

Working as a coalition, cities are in a better position to secure long-term state and federal funding for gang prevention programs, city officials said.

Many stressed the need for a multi-agency approach to addressing gang violence that incorporates not only different levels of government and law enforcement but also school districts and community groups.

That broad approach has helped each of the 13 cities root out gang activity before it becomes a problem, in many cases leading to drastically reduced levels of violence, city officials said Monday.

Firefighters Extinguish 3-Acre Brush Fire In Anthony Chabot Regional Park

Firefighters extinguished a 3-acre heavy brush fire in Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Alameda County Monday evening, a fire spokeswoman said.

The fire was reported at around 4:30 p.m. and was contained in less than two hours, Alameda County fire spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said.

Park officials closed Lake Chabot Regional Park and evacuated the Anthony Chabot Campgrounds when the blaze was reported, East Bay Regional Park police Lt. Jon King said.

The park and campground were reopened by 7 p.m.    

Cal Fire, the Oakland Fire Department, the Alameda County Fire Department, and East Bay Regional Park fire crews responded to the blaze.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Supervisor Pleads Guilty To Accusations Of Embezzlement

The supervisor of a work crew for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he embezzled $319,000 of city money between 2003 and 2007, District Attorney George Gascon announced Monday.

Donnie Alan Thomas, 47, was convicted of four felony counts -- forging requests for payment, presenting fraudulent claims to the city, embezzlement, and making a false statement for the purpose of reducing premiums, rates or cost of worker's compensation insurance -- and a misdemeanor count of failing to file a return.

Thomas supervised a SFPUC Hetch/Hetchy high-voltage power crew based on Treasure Island that worked on private electrical contracts through his company Tri Delta Electric Inc. while on SFPUC time, prosecutors said.    

Thomas and the crew also used city money to buy goods for their personal use -- such as cellphones, stereos and sunglasses -- and equipment for the company.

A whistleblower eventually reported the case in 2007 and the five SFPUC employees involved were either fired or resigned.

Thomas and his cohorts were later arrested in 2009 after then-District Attorney Kamala Harris charged them in connection with the case.

In exchange for his plea, Thomas has agreed to a sentence of three years in state prison, and has been ordered to pay the $319,000 in restitution to the SFPUC, as well as more than $109,000 to the State Compensation Insurance Fund and more than $59,000 to the state's Employment Development Department.

The sentencing is scheduled to take place on Nov. 10.

Downtown San Jose Victorian House Erupts In Blaze

A blaze at a Victorian house in downtown San Jose Monday reached four alarms, a fire spokeswoman said.

The fire was reported at a two-story house in the 200 block of Washington Street at around 4:30 p.m., fire Capt. Mary Gutierrez said.

Firefighters battled heavy fire and smoke in the basement and attic, she said.

Gutierrez said there was a danger of the fire spreading to neighboring homes but that crews were "doing an excellent job" of protecting nearby houses.

No injuries had been reported as of 5:30 p.m.

Great America Theme Park Will Be Sold To San Francisco Real Estate Firm

The owners of the Great America theme park announced Monday the park is being sold for $70 million to a San Francisco real estate firm in a deal that will resolve a lawsuit filed two years ago by the park's operators against the city of Santa Clara.

The York family, who own the San Francisco 49ers, is contributing to the purchase, but just how much they are investing has yet to be disclosed, according to Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews.

The 49ers Monday released a statement confirming the partnership with JMA.

Matthews called the deal a "win" for all parties involved.    

He said the deal would move the stadium project forward, create additional development opportunities for the theme park, and facilitate a proposal by football Hall of Famer Joe Montana and his partner Eddie DeBartolo to create a luxury hotel on two parcels of city-owned land.

Two years ago, Cedar Fair, the Ohio-based company that owns Great America, opposed a measure to build the $987 million, 68,500-seat stadium and filed a lawsuit against Santa Clara over parking and other issues related to the construction of the stadium next to the theme park. The city owns the land the park sits on and has been leasing it to Cedar Fair for $5.3 million annually since 2006.

According to a statement by Cedar Fair, the company would use the proceeds from the sale to reduce its senior secured debt.

Matthews said the deal must be approved by the City Council in the next 45 to 60 days, after which JMA could begin operating the park.

Owners And Operators of Cosco Busan To Pay Restitution For Container Ship Spill

The owners and operators of the Cosco Busan have agreed to pay more than $44 million in restitution for the damage caused when the container ship spilled thousands of gallons of fuel into the San Francisco Bay in 2007.

The ship spilled more than 53,000 gallons of heavy bunker fuel into the Bay on Nov. 7, 2007, killing thousands of migratory birds and spoiling miles of coastline in the region.

Regal Stone Ltd. and Fleet Management Ltd., the Hong Kong-based owners and operators of the vessel, agreed to pay $44.4 million to settle a civil lawsuit filed in response to the spill, state Attorney General Kamala Harris said Monday.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was among several federal, state and local officials who attended Monday's news conference.    

Of the $44.4 million in the settlement, nearly $37 million is going toward restoring habitats in the region and lost human uses of the shoreline and Bay, said Assistant U.S. Attorney General Ignacia Moreno.    

The rest of the money is going to the state, and to reimburse the various agencies who had to respond to the spill, Moreno said.

San Francisco taxpayers will receive $3.6 million of that reimbursement since the city bore the brunt of the initial impact of the spill, City Attorney Dennis Herrera said.

Underage Girl Escapes South San Francisco Kidnapping

An underage girl escaped a kidnapping attempt in South San Francisco Monday morning, police said.    

The girl was walking in the 700 block of Camaritas Avenue, when a man in his 20s grabbed her arm and tried to pull her away at around 8:45 a.m., according to South San Francisco police.

The girl was able to free herself and ran to a nearby school, police said. She was not injured.

The suspect was last seen walking in the 800 block of Alta Loma Avenue.

He was described as a black man with a medium build between 5 feet and 5 feet 5 inches tall, with brown and black hair worn in shoulder-length dreadlocks. He was wearing a red and orange baseball cap the letter "T" on the front, a blue-green short-sleeve shirt, dark blue pants and red Nike Air Jordan shoes.

He has two stud piercings on the right side of his neck, and a barbell piercing on the upper portion of his left ear, police said.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Oakland Fruitvale Murder And Robbery

A 19-year-old man pleaded not guilty Monday to murder and robbery charges in connection with the brazen daytime robbery and fatal shooting of a gardener in Oakland's Fruitvale District four months ago.

Oakland police allege that David Lee Hall and three juveniles killed 42-year-old Antonio Torres while he was working in the front yard of a client's home in the 1600 block of 34th Avenue at about 1 p.m. on May 20 because they wanted to steal his gold necklace and his iPod.

Sgt. Mike Gantt said last Wednesday that it took a while to solve the case, but in August an informant told police that he had overheard a 17-year-old juvenile bragging about shooting Torres.

Gantt said police detained that suspect two weeks ago, he confessed to being involved in the crime and provided information about the other three suspects, including Hall.

Gantt said Hall and the two other juveniles, ages 15 and 16, were arrested on Sept. 8 and also confessed to being involved in the robbery and shooting death of Torres.

One of the juveniles in the case made his initial appearance in Alameda County Juvenile Monday and it's expected that the other two juveniles will appear in court soon.

San Rafael City Council Scheduled To Consider Revised Proposal To Professional Minor League Baseball in Albert Park

The San Rafael City Council Monday night was scheduled to consider a revised proposal to bring professional minor league baseball to Albert Park for one year.

The council was to discuss a downsized plan proposed by Centerfield Partners LLC. If the new plan is approved, a final vote on the one-year-agreement would be held Oct. 3.

The initial proposal to bring a North American League team to San Rafael included expanded seating, renovated bathrooms, new netting, and parking arrangements to accommodate the crowds during the 45-game season that was to start next spring at the 60-year-old park.

San Rafael City Council members and opponents of the proposal balked at the plans. The council said in August it could not approve the proposal without an environmental review.

Dublin-based Centerfield Partners LLC then proposed to use Albert Park "as is," with limited seating expansion and no change to existing perimeter fence lines to avoid a costly and time-consuming environmental review.

The revised proposal includes a one-year, non-exclusive lease starting Sept. 30, 2012. The 45 games would still be played between late May and September, generating an estimated $35,000 in gross revenue for San Rafael.

San Francisco Police Have Made An Arrest In Connection With Series Of Taxi Driver Robberies

San Francisco police have made an arrest in connection with a recent series of robberies of taxi drivers, a police spokesman said Monday.    

At least four cabbies have been robbed at the same intersection -- O'Farrell and Beideman streets in the city's Western Addition neighborhood -- since mid-August, police said.

Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said Monday that an arrest has been made in the case, but declined to release further information, including the name of the suspect.

In the robberies, a man would hail a cab and ask to be taken to that intersection, then upon arrival he would pull out a knife and demand money from the driver, according to police.    

The most recent case was reported on Sept. 12. None of the taxi drivers were injured in the robberies.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District Issues Second Spare The Air Day Alert This Week

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Day for today -- the second this week.

District officials are encouraging people to take public transit and to reduce their energy use.

Motor vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors, industrial emissions and household chemicals contain volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides that can combine with oxygen. When in the presence of heat and sunlight, it can create ground-level ozone.

Long-term exposure to ozone can reduce lung function and high levels of ozone are particularly harmful to children, seniors and those with heart and respiratory conditions, district officials said.

Today is the second consecutive Spare the Air Day this week and the sixth for 2011.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

Sunny skies are expected in the Bay Area today, with highs in the 60s to lower 70s.

Mostly clear skies are anticipated this evening. Lows are expected to be in the mid 50s.

Wednesday is expected to be sunny. Highs in the mid 60s to lower 70s are expected.


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Shooting Leaves 14 Year Old Boy Dead, Another Wounded

A 14-year-old boy was killed and another wounded in a shooting in South San Francisco on Sunday night, a police sergeant said today.

The two boys were standing with a third teenager in the 600 block of First Lane at about 8:50 p.m., when as many as four suspects drove up in a black 2004 or 2005 four-door Honda Civic or Accord, South San Francisco police Sgt. Joni Lee said.

At least one of the suspects opened fire on the three boys, wounding two of them, Lee said.

Both victims were taken to a hospital, where one died from his wounds, Lee said. The second is expected to survive.

Investigators are trying to determine if the gunshots were fired from inside the vehicle, or if the suspects got out of the car and approached the victims on foot.

One of the suspects was described as a Hispanic man between 18 and 20 years old, who was wearing a white knit cap and a black sweatshirt, Lee said.

A second suspect was also described as a Hispanic man between 18 and 20 years old, who was wearing all dark clothing.

It is not yet clear whether the shooting was gang-related, Lee said.

Anyone who might have information about the shooting is urged to contact South San Francisco police at (650) 877-8900.


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Man Fatally Shot In Parkside Early Saturday Identified

A man who was fatally shot in San Francisco's Parkside neighborhood early Saturday morning has been identified by the medical examiner's office as 25-year-old Edgar Yegiyan.

The shooting was reported at 1:17 a.m. near the intersection of 35th Avenue and Rivera Street.

Officers arrived to find Yegiyan suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests have been made and no suspect information was immediately available today.


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Bay Area Mayors To Focus On Gangs At Oakland Conference

Mayors from cities including Oakland, Salinas and San Francisco are coming together in the East Bay today to call for a unified front in the battle against gang activity.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will join San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris in signing a "Mayors' Call for Action" at the California Cities Gang Prevention Network being held at the Oakland Marriott City Center on Broadway.

The call for action in part urges local, state and federal governments to develop a clear policy for comprehensive gang violence prevention.

The mayors are also committing to working toward strengthening anti-gang policies and maintaining funding for violence prevention efforts.

The conference, which will run through Tuesday, will also include an address from California Attorney General Kamala Harris at 11:30 a.m.

Harris will discuss the state's role in preventing youth gang violence and the state's realignment plan.

At 7 p.m., Quan will moderate a panel discussion with Santa Rosa Mayor Ernesto Olivares and Oxnard Mayor Thomas Holden on "What We're Pursuing, What's Promising and Current Challenges."

The California Cities Gang Prevention Network was created to reduce gang-related violence by sharing information between cities in order to promote best practices.

The network's participating cities are Oakland, Richmond, Salinas, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Stockton, Fresno, Los Angeles, Oxnard, Sacramento, San Bernardino and San Diego.


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San Francisco Bay Area Monday News Roundup

Paul Ray Castillo Arrested In West Sacramento For Kidnapping And Murder Crime Spree

Paul Ray Castillo, the man wanted in connection with a crime spree that included the kidnapping and murder of a Campbell woman, was arrested in West Sacramento at 7:30 p.m., San Jose police said Sunday evening.    

Castillo, a 33-year-old parolee, is currently being transported to San Jose, police spokesman Jose Garcia said.

Castillo allegedly began his crime spree around 10 a.m. Saturday, when a suspect shot a 42-year-old man during a robbery at a Chevron gas station on Lincoln Avenue.

The victim was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and is expected to survive.

The suspect fled the scene in a Nissan 300Z that had been reported stolen 9 days earlier. The car was later found at The Plant shopping center at Monterey Road and Curtner Avenue, about a mile from the gas station.    

Cindy Nguyen, a 60-year-old Campbell resident, was carjacked at the shopping center around noon.

Her body was found at 8 a.m. Saturday in a home in the 500 block of North 12th Street. Castillo has ties to the home where she was found, according to police.

Police thought they had Castillo in their sights Friday evening, when a man matching his description was spotted in the area near Mabury and North King roads.

Officers fired shots at the suspect after he did something they considered threatening, but he fled into an apartment complex in the area and could not be located despite an extensive search.

Nguyen's car, a white 1997 Lexus, was found in the area after the shooting.

Hayward Man Killed In Mysterious Double Shooting

A Hayward man was killed and his wife injured Sunday morning in a mysterious double shooting in front of their home, according to police.    

Police were called to a home in the 100 block of Saint Andrews Street just before 8 a.m. Sunday on a report of shots fired, said police Lt. Roger Keener.

A 65-year-old man who lived at the address was found lying in the driveway of his home with multiple gunshot wounds, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

His wife, a 59-year-old woman, was also shot, and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Her injuries were listed as serious but not life threatening.

The shooter or shooters escaped the area before police arrived, and police remained unclear on the motive for the shooting as of Sunday evening.

Man Killed And Other Man Run Over In Oakland Shooting

One man was killed and another injured in a shooting incident that ended with one of the victims being run over by a witness, according to Oakland police.

Officers responding to a reported shooting in a parking lot at 5701 Foothill Blvd. Saturday just before 4:30 p.m. found Waleed Wheatfall, 35, and Kenneth Robinson, 39, on the ground, police said Sunday. Both men were suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators learned a suspect approached the two men, both of whom are Oakland residents, in the parking lot and fired at them without warning before fleeing south on 57th Avenue.

Wheatfall fell to the ground after the shooting and was accidentally run over by a witness who was attempting to flee the scene. Medical personnel declared him dead at the scene.    

Robinson was taken to a hospital for treatment, and remains in critical condition.

No one has been arrested in connection with the murder, police said. The motive and suspect information remain unknown.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District Issued Spare The Air Alert For Monday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for today.

Air district officials are encouraging Bay Area residents to try to drive less, take public transportation and limit home energy use to reduce pollution levels.

The region is expected to see high temperatures reach the upper 60s to mid 70s at the coast and upper 80s to mid 90s inland, according to the National Weather Service. Winds are predicted to be between 5 and 10 mph.    

There will be no free transit today, officials said.    

This is the fifth Spare the Air alert for smog in 2011.

Official Order To Boil Water Due To Illegal Well With Coliform And E. Coli Bacteria In Redwood City Canceled

An official order to boil water that was issued Friday for about 150 households in Redwood City has been canceled, city officials said Sunday.

The boil order was issued after city officials discovered an illegal well that pumped roughly 75,000 gallons of untreated water into the city's drinking supply.

Residents of the city's Palm Park and Woodside Plaza neighborhoods were asked to boil water for cooking and drinking until tests could be performed to confirm the safety of the city's water.

Samples taken Saturday were tested for coliform and E.Coli bacteria by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, according to city officials.

All tests came back negative, the city confirmed Sunday morning. The boil order was canceled after affected water in the city's supply had been determined to be safe to ingest.

City officials apologized for any inconvenience to residents who had been affected.

California Highway Patrol Investigating Truck Crash Death Of Pleasanton Man

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a Pleasanton man, who was killed when he crashed his truck into a fence off a road in Dublin Saturday evening.

The 55-year-old man was driving his 2004 Toyota pickup truck south on Tassajara Road approaching the Alameda County line at about 5:40 p.m., CHP officers said.

According to a witness, the truck drove off the edge of the east side of the roadway into a dirt field, swerved back onto and across Tassajara Road, and drove off the west roadway edge.

The truck crashed through a barbed wire fence before stopping in a field, according to the CHP. When officers arrived on scene, the man was unresponsive. They administered CPR until paramedics from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District arrived and transported the man to ValleyCare Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Alcohol is being investigated as a factor in the collision because officers found an alcoholic beverage in the truck, according to the CHP. Investigators are also considering whether unrelated medical conditions might be involved because the truck did not sustain any major or moderate impact.

65-Year-Old Pacific Grove Woman Pleads Guilty To Elder Abuse

A 65-year-old Pacific Grove woman has pleaded guilty to elder abuse in connection with the beating death of her mother, according to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

Police were dispatched to the Danvers' family home in Pacific Grove on Sept. 24, 2009, and found Charlotte Danvers, 96, badly bruised and bleeding, according to deputy district attorney Douglas Matheson.    

Jean Danvers was her mother's sole caretaker, according to officials. She apparently confessed to police that she had battered her mother, who died at a Monterey hospital two hours later.

An autopsy report stated the elderly woman died from sepsis, a toxic condition resulting from her numerous open wounds, Matheson said. She also suffered broken ribs, a broken nose and dehydration.

Danvers was charged with voluntary manslaughter, elder abuse, and two counts of felony assault.

She will be sentenced to 14 years in prison on Oct. 11, according to the district attorney's office.

Would-Be Bicycle Thief Caught By San Anselmo Police

A would-be bicycle thief was allegedly caught by San Anselmo police carrying drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to police.    

Officers responded to the 600 block of San Anselmo Avenue where someone reported a bicycle theft that happened in front of a business at about 7 p.m. on Friday.

An off-duty police officer from the Tiburon Police Department and another from the Sausalito Police Department allegedly witnessed the event and detained the suspect until San Anselmo police officers arrived.

When contacted by the San Anselmo officers, the suspect was allegedly found to be in possession of an illegal substance and its accoutrements, police said.

Police arrested Donald Hanneman, 42, of San Francisco, and he was booked on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and for possession of an illegal narcotic.

The bicycle was returned to its owner, police said.

Mountain Lion Spotted Near Highway 84 In Southern San Mateo County

A mountain lion was spotted Friday night near state Highway 84 in southern San Mateo County, emergency officials said.

The big cat was seen near the highway and Sequoia Drive in La Honda at about 9:40 p.m.

This mountain lion sighting follows two other evening sightings earlier this week on Sept. 12 and Wednesday in Portola Valley.

Residents are advised to keep an eye on small children and avoid hiking or jogging at dawn, dusk or night when mountain lions are most active.

Anyone who encounters a mountain lion should face the animal, make noise and try to appear larger by waving arms and throwing rocks, emergency officials said.

Pleasanton's Paratransit Service Releases New Fall Schedule

The new fall schedule for Pleasanton's Paratransit Service and its popular downtown shuttle made its debut Sunday, a city spokeswoman said.

The Downtown Route Shuttle, which follows same-day fixed route bus service, will operate on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, city spokeswoman Joanne Hall said. Customers must pay $1.50 for all-day use.    

The Sunday service will make stops at senior housing, the Pleasanton Public Library, downtown Pleasanton and several churches and grocery stores, Hall said.

More than 4,700 riders took advantage of the Paratransit Service in the past year, she said. The Alameda County Transportation Commission recently provided a grant for $126,052 for the Downtown Route Shuttle that will continue service of the route through June 30, 2012.

One Person Injured In Oakland Shooting

One person was injured in a shooting in Oakland late Saturday night, police said Sunday morning.

Police responded to reports of gunfire at Seminary Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard around 11 p.m., Oakland police Officer Kevin McDonald said.

Upon arrival, officers found one person suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was taken to the hospital in serious condition, but the victim's injuries are not considered to be life threatening, McDonald said.    

Oakland police have not arrested any suspects in connection with the shooting.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

Sunshine is expected in the Bay Area today, with highs in the upper 60s to lower 80s. Southwest winds are likely to be 5 to 15 mph.

Clear skies are anticipated this evening before becoming partly cloudy. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph are expected, with lows in the mid 50s.    

Tuesday is expected to be partly cloudy in the morning before becoming sunny. Highs in the mid 60s to upper 70s are expected. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph are likely.


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Air District Issues Spare The Air Alert For Monday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Monday.

Air district officials are encouraging Bay Area residents to try to drive less, take public transportation and limit home energy use to reduce pollution levels.

The region is expected to see high temperatures reach the upper 60s to mid 70s at the coast and upper 80s to mid 90s inland, according to the National Weather Service. Winds are predicted to be between 5 and 10 mph.    

There will be no free transit on Monday, officials said.    

This is the fifth Spare the Air alert for smog in 2011.    

For more information about the Spare the Air program, visit www.sparetheair.org.


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Bay Area Home Sales Increase, Median Price Remains Lower Than Year-Ago Levels

While a rise in Bay Area home sales last month is promising, the median price paid for a home in August remains below the amount paid a year ago at that time for the 11th consecutive month, according to a real estate report released Friday.

Home sales rose 9.1 percent from July, with a total of 7,513 new and resale houses and condos sold in the nine-county Bay Area, according to DataQuick, a San Diego based real estate information service. Sales are also up 12.2 percent from August 2010, when 6,698 homes were sold.

But the median price paid for homes sold last month was $370,000, which is down slightly from $374,000 in July and from $385,000 in August 2010. The median price for homes sold last month was the lowest for the Bay Area since April, when it was $360,000, DataQuick reported.

August is typically one of the stronger sales months because many families want to move before school starts, according to DataQuick's statistics, which have been recorded since 1988. Although Bay Area home sales increased from July and year-ago figures, last month's sales fell 22.4 percent below the average August sales of 9,682.

"The sliver of positive news is that, no matter how you look at it, last month's sales beat the year-ago numbers, which were pretty lousy," DataQuick President John Walsh said in a statement.

Bay Area homes that have been foreclosed on in the past year accounted for 26.4 percent of the resale market last month. About 18.6 percent of the resale market consisted of short sales -- where the sale price of the home fell short of what was owed on the property.

Absentee buyers, mostly investors, bought 21.3 percent of all Bay Area homes sold, according to DataQuick.

August statistics reveal that foreclosure activity remains high by historical standards, but below peak levels. Statistics also indicate that mortgage default notices, the first step to the foreclosure process, increased from July, DataQuick reported. This appears to suggest that lenders are more apt to pursue foreclosure for delinquent borrowers.


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San Francisco Bay Area Sunday News Roundup

Body Found in Search for Michelle Le


A volunteer searching for missing nursing student Michelle Le found a body in the Niles Canyon/Sunol Canyon area late Saturday morning, but it is not yet clear whether it is Le, Hayward police said.

The body was found near Pleasanton Sunol Road at Verona Road around 10:30 a.m., police Lt. Roger Keener said. It was located in a brushy area near a dirt road, in an unincorporated area between Pleasanton and Sunol.

The body was decomposed and the gender remains unknown at this point.

Le's family has conducted regular searches for her since she went missing on May 27, with the help of the Klaas Kids Foundation and community volunteers. Hayward police had an investigator on the scene of the search, but called in the Sheriff's Department since the area where the body was found is in that agency's jurisdiction.

Alameda County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said the agencies would conduct a joint investigation until it is determined whether or not the body is Le.

Le, 26, a San Mateo resident, was last seen May 27 at Kaiser Hospital at 27303 Sleepy Hollow Ave. South in Hayward. Police found her car parked a few blocks from the hospital the next day, with bloodstains that were later found to be from Le.

A former friend, Giselle Esteban, 27, was arrested Sept. 7 on suspicion of murder.

Woman Found Dead in San Jose Victim of Carjacking

A woman found dead in a San Jose home Saturday morning has been identified as carjacking victim Cindy Nguyen, 60, of Campbell, but the man suspected of killing her in a violent crime spree remains at large.

Nguyen's body was reported around 8 a.m. in a home in the 500 block of North 12th Street, according to San Jose Police Sgt. Jason Dwyer. Police say suspect Paul Reyes Castillo has ties to the address where she was found.

Castillo, a 33-year-old parolee wanted on a parole violation, is also suspected of committing an armed robbery and shooting Friday morning a couple hours before Nguyen's carjacking.

The suspect in that robbery approached a man pumping gas at a Chevron station on Lincoln Avenue around 10 a.m., produced a handgun and fired at least one round, striking the man. The 42-year-old victim is expected to survive his injuries.

The suspect fled the scene in a stolen vehicle, which was later found at The Plant shopping center at Monterey Road and Curtner Avenue, where Nguyen was apparently carjacked around noon.

A man resembling Castillo was spotted in the area near Mabury and North King Roads Friday, and officers fired shots at him after he did something they considered threatening, Dwyer said. However, he fled into an apartment complex in the area and could not be located despite an extensive search.

Nguyen's car, a white 1997 Lexus, was found in the area after the shooting.

Castillo was last seen wearing a white or red shirt and dark-colored pants. He is described as a Hispanic man who is 5 feet 9 inches and weighs 210 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes and a thin mustache, police said.

Police consider Castillo armed and extremely dangerous. Anyone coming into contact with him should call 911 immediately.

Two Bystanders Struck in North Beach

Two bystanders were struck when officers fired at a fleeing suspect seen conducting a drug deal early Saturday morning in North Beach, San Francisco police said.

The officers, who were on foot patrol, spotted a person they believed to be wanted by police around 2:15 a.m. on the 400 block of Broadway, said Lt. Troy Dangerfield.

The suspect, identified as 20-year-old San Pablo resident Jesus Paredes Rodriguez, was allegedly seen conducting a narcotics transaction.

When the officers made contact, he fled on foot south on Broadway. Rodriguez then allegedly reached into his waistband and produced a semi-automatic pistol, which he pointed at the pursuing officers.

One officer fired a single shot, but did not hit Rodriguez. Instead, the bullet struck two bystanders, a man and a woman. Both were struck in the leg and both were treated for their injuries and released.

Rodriguez, who was uninjured in the shooting, dropped his weapon and was taken into custody at the scene and booked on weapons and assault charges. Police also recovered his weapon, which was found to be fully loaded and functional.

Rodriguez did not fire his gun during the incident, Dangerfield said.

Police plan to hold a community meeting to share information about the shooting in the North Beach area on Monday, but have not yet set a time or location, Dangerfield said.

Man Killed in Shooting in Sunset District

A 22-year-old man was killed in a shooting early Saturday morning in San Francisco's Sunset District, a San Francisco police officer said.

Officers responded to a call of a shooting near 35th Avenue and Rivera Street at 1:17 a.m. Officers arrived and found a victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, according to San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza.

Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene, Esparza said.

There are no suspects in custody.

Ex-Felon Arrested With Sawed-Off Shotgun and Ammunition

An ex-felon in possession of a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition was arrested after police found him dozing in a child's bed Wednesday, police said.

Officers responded to a report of the robbery in progress at a home on Trellis Lane. Arriving officers contacted the homeowner at a neighbor's home, and the victim said that several suspects had entered her home and broken several doors open.

According to the victim, one of the suspects was armed with a shotgun during the home invasion robbery. The victim told police she believed one of the suspects was still inside at the time she was contacted.

Police said that officers conducted a check of the home and located Allen Stankas, a 23-year-old Rohnert Park resident, in what appeared to be a children's bedroom where Stankas was apparently sleeping.

Officers woke up Stankas and then allegedly located a loaded sawed-off shotgun wrapped in a jacket by the bed and a shotgun shell in Stankas' pants pocket, police said.

Officers failed to locate any other suspects in the home, and upon re-interviewing the victim -- who said Stankas was not one of the suspects -- she recanted that the event had ever taken place, police said.

Police could not locate any witnesses to confirm that a disturbance had occurred at the home.

Stankas is an ex-felon and cannot possess firearms or ammunition. He was booked into Sonoma County Jail.

Man Killed in Crash on Highway 80 in Berkeley Identified

A man killed in a crash involving a motorcycle and a big-rig on Friday afternoon on Interstate Highway 80 in Berkeley has been identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau as Timothy Ray Walker, 33, of Vallejo.

Walker had been riding his motorcycle on I-80 just west of Gilman Street at about 3:45 p.m. when the crash occurred, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Traffic was backed up on eastbound I-80 during the evening commute because of lane closures in effect during the crash investigation, the CHP said.

Man Pulled Over for Traffic Violation, Arrested for Marijuana and Hand Gun

A 25-year-old San Leandro man was arrested Thursday night after he was pulled over for a traffic violation and police allegedly found marijuana stuffed down his pants and a concealed, loaded handgun in his car, police said.

The man, Matthew Langdon, was stopped by officers near Sybil Avenue at Grand Avenue at about 11 p.m. Thursday.

The officer who approached Langdon's vehicle allegedly immediately smelled marijuana wafting from the vehicle's interior, according to police.

During a search of Langdon, the officer found the stash of drugs in the front of Langdon's pants as well as more than $1,800 in cash in Langdon's pants pocket, police said.

The officer, during a search of the vehicle, allegedly uncovered additional marijuana under the driver's seat, a digital scale and a gun cleaning kit. Police said that a .40 caliber Glock handgun was also found under the vehicle's hood.

Langdon was arrested on suspicion of sales of marijuana, transportation of marijuana, possession of a loaded firearm and possession of a concealed weapon.

He was scheduled to be arraigned at the Hayward Hall of Justice at 2 p.m. Friday.

Man Who Died in Crash in Sonoma County Identified

The man who died in a two-vehicle crash in Sonoma County south of Sebastopol Friday afternoon has been identified as George Warden, 70, of Santa Rosa, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The 1:50 p.m. crash on Bloomfield Road near Baker Lane involved a blue sedan and a brown pickup truck with a white top that was hauling firewood, according to the CHP.

One victim was extricated from the blue sedan.

Sgt. Jeff Abrams said Saturday that the crash is still under investigation.

Police in Vacaville Warn of Recent Burglaries

Police in Vacaville are warning residents about a pair of recent burglaries that may be linked to similar incidents in Suisun City.

On Monday, police received reports of two separate burglaries in the Browns Valley area. In both burglaries, the suspect entered homes in the evening when residents were inside.

Detectives are working with the Suisun City Police Department and are following several active leads on the cases.

Police ask that residents be vigilant and secure their homes, especially at night and that they report suspicious activity immediately.

Volunteers Clean Oakland Coastline for California Coastal Cleanup Day

Dozens of volunteers pitched in Saturday morning to scrub Oakland's coastline of trash in honor of California Coastal Cleanup Day, according to event organizers.

Scouring a half-mile of shoreline near the Damon Slough, the 75 volunteers collected 60 bags of trash and large debris, said Amy Ricard, spokeswoman for Save The Bay, the nonprofit that led the volunteers.

The 1,000 pounds of trash collected included 500 plastic bags, 700 straws, 900 food wrappers, 500 cigarette filters and 1,350 plastic caps or lids, Ricard said.

The commonly littered items threaten water quality, public health and Bay wildlife.

The most unusual item collected during the three-hour cleanup that ended at noon, she said, was a Mexican Consulate identification card.

Last year on California Coastal Cleanup Day, volunteers pulled more than 172 tons of trash and recyclables -- including 48,000 plastic bags -- from the Bay and its waterways, according to data collected by some 26,000 volunteers who participated.

Saturday marked the 27th annual cleanup event organized by the California Coast Commission.

Bay Area Sunday Weather

Sunshine is expected in the Bay Area today, with highs in the 60s to lower 70s. South winds around 5 mph are anticipated, before becoming west 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

Clear skies are expected tonight, with lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph are also anticipated.

Sunny skies are likely Monday, with highs in the 60s to lower 70s. South winds around 5 mph are expected, before becoming west in the afternoon.

San Francisco Bay Area Saturday News

San Jose Police Search For Gunman

San Jose police were searching an apartment complex for a gunman who shot a man while he was pumping gas Friday morning before carjacking a different person an hour later, a police spokesman said Friday night. Officers conducted a yard-to-yard search near Mabury and North King roads after police spotted a man resembling the suspect in the area. The man did something that officers believed to be a threat and officers fired shots at the man, who then fled into an apartment complex, police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said. It was not immediately known if the suspect returned fire. Dwyer said police issued a shelter-in-place warning for the apartment complex that was in effect during the search.

The carjacking occurred around noon at The Plant shopping center at Monterey Road and Curtner Avenue, police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said. Dwyer said the suspect drove to the shopping center in a stolen vehicle, attacked a second victim and took his car, which was described as a white early '90s Toyota Camry. The carjacking victim was unaccounted for as of 5 a.m., Dwyer said. He said the suspect might have taken the victim with him. The shopping center is about a mile away from the Chevron station on Lincoln Avenue where, at about 10 a.m., the suspect walked up to a different man while he was pumping gas in his car, produced a handgun and fired at least one round, striking the man. The victim, who appears to be in his 30s, was transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center where, as of 2:30 p.m. he was still being treated, Dwyer said. He is expected to survive. The suspect fled afterward in a stolen vehicle that police later recovered, Dwyer said. The motive for the shooting is under investigation, according to Dwyer, who said it might have been during a robbery.

Serial Killer Joseph Naso Represents Himself In Court

Accused serial killer Joseph Naso once again is his own attorney. Marin County Superior Court Judge Andrew Sweet Friday granted Naso's motion to represent himself on charges of killing four Northern California women -- two from the Bay Area -- between 1977 and 1994, Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian confirmed Friday afternoon. Naso, 77, of Reno, had been representing himself since his arrest in April, but on Sept. 2 he told Sweet he decided he wanted a public defender to represent him. After Naso and Marin County Chief Deputy Public Defender David Brown met in a closed courtroom for more than a half hour, Sweet then appointed Brown Naso's attorney and said Naso must pay for it. The judge then set Oct. 11 as the date to set a firm date for preliminary hearing.

Friday's latest turn of events means the preliminary hearing, at which the prosecution will present its evidence against Naso, will be Jan. 3. Naso has expressed concerns in court about the expense of retaining a lawyer. He has claimed he cannot access his assets in Nevada and also said he suspects someone has taken money from his Wells Fargo bank accounts. The Marin County District Attorney's Office asserts Naso has $1 million in liquid assets. Naso is charged with the murders of Roxene Roggasch, 18, of Oakland; Carmen Colon, 22, an East Bay resident; Pamela Parsons, 38; and Tracy Tafoya, 31, both of Yuba County.

Hillary Clinton In San Francisco Last Thursday, Hopes for Iranian Release of UC Berkeley Graduates

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in San Francisco Thursday night that she's hopeful that the Iranian government will soon release two University of California at Berkeley graduates who have been detained in Iran on espionage charges for more than two years. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, and a third UC Berkeley graduate, Sarah Shourd, were arrested on July 31, 2009, after embarking on a hike in Iraq's Kurdistan region near the Iranian border. Iran has accused them of espionage, but the hikers and their families say they aren't spies but instead were detained after they accidentally crossed an unmarked border into Iran.

Iran released Shourd, 32, who is engaged to Bauer, last September because she was in poor health. Shourd announced in May that she would not return to Iran for a trial because she is suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told NBC's Today Show on Tuesday that he thinks Bauer and Fattal "will be freed in a couple of days." At a news conference Thursday at the Presidio of San Francisco Golden Gate Club, Clinton said, "We continue to hope that the two young Americans will be released as part of a humanitarian gesture by the Iranian Government."

Solano Community College Student Dies

Solano Community College student-athlete Ennis Johnson II died of a single gunshot wound to the head, the Solano County coroner's office said Friday afternoon. Johnson, 21, was found dead by his parents in a bedroom of their home at The Pointe Apartments in the 2500 block of Hilborn Road in Fairfield around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. Fairfield police arrested 23-year-old Kenneth Darnell Franklin for the murder. Franklin, a Fairfield resident, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Solano County Superior Court. He is being held in Solano County Jail under no bail. Police are looking for a second suspect, Hasan McCaulie, 18, who has addresses in Vallejo and Richmond, Fairfield police Lt. Greg Hurlbut said. McCaulie owns several handguns and should be considered armed and dangerous, police said. Johnson was specifically targeted by his associates and was robbed during the murder, Hurlbut said. Johnson, a sophomore, was a starting linebacker on the Solano Community College football team and a member of the basketball team, according to Peter Bostic, the college's public affairs director. He was majoring in technology and electronics and planned to transfer to a university, Bostic said. Johnson graduated from Armijo High School in Fairfield.

Redwood City Water Supply Threatened by Illegal Well

Some residents and businesses in two Redwood City neighborhoods are being asked to boil their tap water after the city discovered an illegal well Friday morning that pumped roughly 75,000 gallons of untreated water into the city's drinking supply. The city-issued boil order affects approximately 150 customers in the city's Palm Park and Woodside Plaza neighborhoods whose properties are within the area bounded by Woodside Road, Virginia Avenue, Rosemary Lane and Sierra Street. Those customers are advised to avoid ingesting the tap water until the city completes testing to determine whether the supply was contaminated. Results are not expected until late Sunday, according to the city.

The unsanctioned well, dug at a residence in the area, had been "inadvertently" pumping the untreated water into the city's drinking water system for roughly the past two weeks, a city spokesman said. The resident with the un-permitted well contacted the city with concerns about a possible water leak. The connection apparently occurred when the resident had some plumbing work performed on the property's water system, according to the city. Upon discovery of the well, the city immediately disconnected it from the drinking water system, which the city then flushed using fire hydrants. The tests are checking for the presence of E. coli and coliform bacteria. According to the city, if the contaminants are detected, the boil order will remain in effect while the system is further purged and treated with chlorine disinfectant.

Stage Play About Prop 8 Debuts On Broadway, New York

Last year's landmark federal trial in San Francisco on Proposition 8 -- which has already been made public in a full reenactment on the Internet -- will have a new incarnation on Broadway next week. Supporters of same-sex marriage are staging a 90-minute play entitled "8" at a New York City theater on Monday. Volunteer actors in the show include John Lithgow, Morgan Freeman, Ellen Barkin, Rob Reiner, Christine Lahti, Bradley Whitford and Larry Kramer, among others. "People need to see what happened in the Proposition 8 trial," said Dustin Black, a screenwriter who attended the 2010 trial and put together the play from a combination of trial transcripts and interviews. The staged reading at the Eugene O'Neill Theater will have only one performance, but the organizers hope that the play will be picked up and produced by school and community groups in the future. The play is co-produced by the Los Angeles-based American Foundation for Equal Rights, which sponsored the lawsuit that led to the trial, and Broadway Impact, a nonprofit group that advocates marriage equality.

The lawsuit was filed in 2009 on behalf of two same-sex couples who claimed that Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, violated their federal constitutional rights. After a nonjury trial, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in August 2010 that the measure was unconstitutional. The sponsors of Proposition 8 and their committee, Protect Marriage, are seeking to appeal that decision and Walker's ruling has been put on hold during the appeal. Protect Marriage spokeswoman Carla Hass said the group has no comment on the play.

Small Explosion in Palo Alto Caused By 9-Year-Old

A small explosion and toxic gas release in a Palo Alto apartment complex Tuesday was caused by a 9-year-old child playing with chlorine tablets for a swimming pool, police said Friday. The incident on the 2700 block of Midtown Court was reported shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, when a resident called 911 to report an explosion and noxious odor. The building was evacuated and traffic halted in the surrounding area until around 9:30 p.m. The Palo Alto Fire Department located the source of the odor in a pool supply area beneath a stairwell. Firefighters found a five-gallon bucket containing a chlorine-based substance that was violently "off gassing," police said. An investigation later determined that children were playing in the area of the pool supply storage unit, police said Friday. The children told investigators that a 9-year-old child had entered the storage unit when it was left unlocked, and touched some items inside, causing chlorine tablets to mix with a liquid. The mixture caused a chemical reaction that produced chlorine gas and smoke. Seven residents and one Palo Alto firefighter were evaluated for exposure to the substance and were treated on the scene. The Red Cross assisted one family that was unable to return to their residence.

Former San Ramon Police Officer Arrested

A former San Ramon police officer who was allegedly wrapped up in a Contra Costa County police scandal was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of domestic violence, sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said. Deputies received a call reporting a domestic disturbance in the 700 block of Willow Lake Road in Discovery Bay at about 7:40 p.m. After investigating the case, deputies arrested Louis Lombardi, 39, on suspicion of making terrorist threats, a felony, and misdemeanor spousal abuse, Lee said. He is being held at the Martinez Detention Facility on $1 million bail. Lombardi had been charged in Contra Costa County along with former Contra Costa County Narcotic Enforcement Team Cmdr.

Norman Wielsch, former private investigator Christopher Butler, and former Danville police Officer Stephen Tanabe. The district attorney's office later put the case on hold and turned the investigation over to the FBI. Wielsch and Butler have since been charged in a 17-count federal grand jury indictment alleging the pair engaged in police corruption, extortion, armed robbery and drug sales. Lombardi and Tanabe have not yet been charged in federal court.

Sunday Streets to Feature First Citywide Table Tennis Tournament

This weekend's installation of Sunday Streets, which returns to San Francisco's Chinatown and North Beach after a three-year hiatus, will feature the first citywide table tennis tournament to commemorate the 40th anniversary of "Ping Pong Diplomacy." The exchange of table tennis players between the U.S. and China starting in 1971 led to President Nixon's trip to China the following year and the eventual reopening of relations between the two countries. For two ping-pong players, the tournament might be about more than just the game -- it could mean a chance to smooth feathers ruffled by political manuevering.

Lee challenged Supervisor John Avalos, a fellow candidate for November's mayoral race, during an appearance he made at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting to a ping-pong showdown by another mayoral hopeful. Avalos received the invitation during the meeting after questioning the usefulness of the mayor's voter-mandated monthly appearances before the board. "How's your game?" Avalos asked Lee in response, and the mayor said his game focused on diplomacy. The tournament features five-member teams fielded from around the city and representatives from local organizations playing for prizes. An opening ceremony with the mayor will be held at 9 a.m. in Chinatown's Portsmouth Square, where the competition's closing award ceremony will also take place at 11:30 a.m. The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is open to the public and offers family-oriented activities along the route. The neighborhoods alleys -- including Kerouac and Fresno alleys -- will feature art, music and other activities throughout the day.

Brush Fire in Benecia

A vegetation fire burned about 10 acres of brush and grass in Benicia Friday evening, fire officials said. The two-alarm blaze was reported at 4:46 p.m. near Benicia Community Park and was under control by 7:13 p.m. A total of 50 firefighters from Benicia, Cal Fire, and surrounding fire departments responded and a bulldozer, two air tankers and a helicopter were brought in to fight the flames, according to fire officials. No one was injured and no structures or fencing was damaged, fire officials said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

The San Francisco Bay Area is expected to be cloudy this morning before becoming sunny, with patches of fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are anticipated. Mostly clear skies are likely this evening, before becoming cloudy tonight with patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s are expected. Sunday is expected to be cloudy with patchy fog in the morning before becoming sunny later in the day. Highs in the 50s to upper 60s are likely.

San Francisco Bay Area Friday News Roundup

University Of California Board Of Regents Deliberated On Budget Proposal

Looking down the barrel of a budget deficit projected to reach $2.5 billion over the next four years, the University of California Board of Regents deliberated Thursday on a proposal to develop a multi-year funding plan with the state.

Although the proposal outlined $1 billion in solutions that would be achieved through exploration of funding streams and the institution of academic efficiencies, the university is bracing for a $1.5 billion remainder that could potentially fall on the backs of students.

The university is looking for renewed assurance from the state that it will provide long-term funding to ensure that the university remains competitive and is able to plan for long-term investments, such as expanding academic programs, enrolling students, and hiring and tenuring faculty.

Under the worst-case scenario, the proposal anticipates that undergraduate in-state tuition could reach as much as $22,000 in four years. Undergraduate students now pay $12,192 per year.    

If the state does not increase funding it provides to the university, the $1.5 billion would come from a 16 percent annual tuition hike for the next four years, according to the proposal.    

Otherwise, the gap would be patched with a combination of tuition hikes and state funding, depending on how much the Legislature could pledge to provide to the UC system.    

Saying that he had little faith that the state economy would recover enough to prevent continued cuts to education, ex officio regent Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said that the proposal should be rejected because the possibility of tuition hikes would make it hard to gain public support needed to apply pressure to the Legislature.

Many regents -- including Newsom -- advocated exploration of other options, ranging from seeking unrestricted corporate endowments to fund scholarships to launching a campaign to educate the public about the economic importance of the university.

Emeryville School District Ended 10 Years Of State Control By Paying Off Loan

Emeryville's school district Thursday ended 10 years of state control by paying off the final installment of a $1.3 million loan it had to take out because of the large debt it had accumulated under its previous leadership.

In handing over a check for $864,000 to California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson at a ceremony at the Emery Secondary School, Emery Unified School District Superintendent Debbra Lindo said, "This is a pivotal moment and an opportunity to usher in a new day of learning" under local leadership.

Emeryville Mayor Nora Davis said, "This is a red letter day" that was made possible by city voters who approved a parcel tax and a $100 million construction bond measure that helped the school district get back on its feet financially.

Davis said the tax measures were approved by overwhelming margins even though only 20 percent of the city's voters have children in the school district.

State officials returned partial local control to Emeryville's leaders on April 1, 2004, after its finances began to approve but full local control wasn't granted until Thursday.

Santa Clara County Prosecutors Decline To File Charges Against San Jose Police Officer

Santa Clara County prosecutors are declining to file charges against a San Jose police officer who shot a knife-wielding man in January, saying that the officer's actions were legally justified.

On Jan. 15, Officer Geeno Gular, a 17-year veteran of the Police Department, shot 51-year-old Qazi Do, of San Jose, on a property in unincorporated Santa Clara County near San Jose.     

Prosecutors concluded from their investigation that Gular "acted reasonably under the totality of the circumstances" because he felt his partner's life was in danger.

The events of that afternoon unraveled after two San Jose police officers, a police sergeant, and a sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a suspicious man holding a pair of 4- to 5-inch blade knives near a home at 4008 Higuera Road, according to the sheriff's office.

When authorities arrived, they negotiated for about 10 to 15 minutes with Do, who was in a creek bed, holding a 4-foot stick in one hand and two knives in the other. They ordered him to drop the knives, and to come out and talk with them, the sheriff's office said.

He did not comply with the officers' repeated orders and in an effort to disarm Do, police Sgt. Munson deployed his Taser, but for an unknown reason, it did not seem to affect him. Do allegedly pulled out the Taser barbs and flung them at Munson.

He then dropped the stick, held a knife in each hand and raised them over his head and charged at Munson and allegedly attempted to stab him, coming within four feet of Munson, but just missing him. At that time, Gular, who was protecting Munson, ordered Do to stop and when Do ignored him and continued charging, Gular - fearing that Do would kill Munson - discharged his firearm four times and fatally shot Do.

San Francisco Giants CEO Neukom Announced He Will Step Down

San Francisco Giants CEO Bill Neukom announced Thursday that he is stepping down from the position at the end of the year.    

Team president and chief operating officer Larry Baer, 54, will take over the duties of CEO effective Jan. 1, 2012, the two men said in a news conference at AT&T Park Thursday.

Neukom, 69, became the Giants' chief executive officer in 2008 and last year oversaw the team's first World Series win since 1954.    

"It's been more than a privilege; it's been an honor to be at the helm of this venerable, storied franchise," he said.

Neukom denied reports he was forced out by the Giants' ownership group after disagreements over financial decisions, saying, "I don't think that's the right characterization."

He said, "There's a time to come into an organization and a time to leave ... and this is a good time for me to leave."

The Giants have struggled through injuries to several key players this season and are 7.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for the National League West division lead with 13 games to play.    

Baer said, "I don't see a lot of change" in how the team will be run under him and said, "It's an honor to follow in Bill's footsteps."

Neukom is divesting his ownership stake in the team but will remain on as chairman emeritus through the 2012 season to provide advice to team officials, he said.

He also plans to teach at Stanford Law School, his alma mater, and focus on the World Justice Project, an initiative he founded in 2006 to strengthen the rule of law around the world.

The transition of positions will not be finalized until it passes a series of approvals, including by Major League Baseball.

Sunnyvale Department Of Public Safety Seeks Public's Help In Identifying Stabbing Suspects

The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety is seeking the public's help in identifying four suspects in connection with a stabbing at a nightclub last month.

The stabbing occurred on Aug. 14 at the Brass Rail nightclub, located on Persian Drive, according to police.

Detectives said several men, all of whom arrived together, attacked two people as they were exiting the club shortly after midnight.

The victims, both residents of San Jose, were transported to a hospital with serious injuries, police said.

Investigators do not believe the attack was gang-related.    

Officers were able to partially identify the four suspects in a surveillance video.

The first was described as a Hispanic man in his early to mid 20s, around 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds.

The second suspect is a light-skinned black man also in his early to mid 20s, about 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing about 190 pounds. He had cornrows and may have had tattoos on his forearms.

The third suspect is a Hispanic man in his mid to late 20s, 5 feet 11 inches tall with a stocky build and buzz-cut hair.

The fourth suspect is a white man, about 25 years old, around 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighing 160 pounds with short hair.    

The suspects all arrived together in a black SUV with large chrome wheels. The car may have been a Ford Expedition.

California Fish And Game Commission Voted to End Abalone Harvesting Season Early

The California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday morning to end the abalone harvesting season early along the Sonoma County Coast because of a die-off of abalone and other shellfish attributed to a red tide this summer.

The exact date when the season will close will be determined soon, California Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ian Taniguchi said.

Three of the commission's five members approved the emergency closure at a meeting Thursday morning in Redding, Taniguchi said. Commissioners Daniel Richards and Richard Rogers were absent from the meeting.

The abalone season typically opens April 1, closes during the month of July and resumes Aug. 1 through Nov. 30.

Taniguchi said this is the beginning of the slowest period of the abalone harvesting season. Last year, only 11 percent of the season's abalone take took place in October and November, Taniguchi said.

The Department of Fish and Game issues an annual average of 35,000 reporting cards statewide that are required of abalone fishermen, Taniguchi said.

The abalone season will continue in Marin, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties, Taniguchi said.

Sacramento Couple Arrested On Suspicion Of Pimping Underaged Girls

A Sacramento couple arrested last month on suspicion of pimping underage girls at a South San Francisco hotel pleaded not guilty to human trafficking and other charges in San Mateo County Superior Court on Wednesday.

Mahender "Mike" Singh, 40, and his wife Helen, 22, were taken into custody on Aug. 20 at a Travelodge Hotel at 326 S. Airport Blvd. after police received a tip that a runaway girl was staying at the hotel, according to South San Francisco police.

Officers went to the hotel and found a 19-year-old woman and two 16-year-old girls in a room that was registered to Singh, who was staying in another room, police said.

Singh told police that the girls were his stepdaughters, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

During questioning, all three girls said they had been forced into prostitution by Singh and his wife, according to police.

Investigators searched the rooms registered to Singh and found condoms, lingerie, and counterfeit bills, police said.

Ads featuring the three girls were uncovered on myredbook.com, an adult website used to advertise escort services and massage parlors, according to the district attorney's office.

A cellphone connected to the online ads was found in Helen Singh's car, police said.

Mahender and Helen Singh remain in custody without bail.    

They are scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 5.

The three girls were released to their parents, police said.

Santa Cruz Police Looking For Two Suspected In Hitting And Dragging Police Officer With Truck

Santa Cruz police are looking for two people suspected of hitting and dragging a police officer with a truck after the officer stopped them on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle on Wednesday.

An officer spotted a suspicious truck around 10 p.m. in the 200 block of Jackson Street, police said.

The officer pulled up, contacted the occupants and ran a preliminary check on them and the truck, which had paper dealership plates.    

Just as dispatch was advising him that the truck was stolen, the driver started the truck and pulled away, dragging the officer -- who was standing on the driver's side -- nearly 30 feet, police said.

The officer was thrown from the side of the truck and narrowly escaped being run over, police said.    

Other officers responded and eventually found the truck abandoned on Isabel Court, but could not find the occupants. Witnesses told police a car came by and picked them up.

A search of the truck revealed heroin and other items police believe were also stolen.

The suspects have been identified as Ryan Mang, 37, and Shivhan Armstrong. Police did not provide an age for Armstrong.

Both have extensive criminal records, police said.    

The officer who was injured is 37-years-old and a nine-year veteran of the department, according to police.

He was transported to Dominican Hospital and released Thursday morning. The officer will remain off-duty while he recovers from his injuries, police said.

Alameda County Sheriff's Office Asks For Help Finding Missing Disabled Man And Woman

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's  help to find a missing man and woman who are developmentally disabled.    

Billy Fair, 22, and Jessica Pagan, 18, left the Redwood Place mental health rehabilitation center at 18949 Redwood Road on Wednesday at around 10 a.m.

They left the facility on a 30-minute pass and never returned, according to sheriff's Sgt. Kyle Ritter.

Fair and Pagan are both developmentally disabled and take prescription medications. They both left the facility without their medications and sheriff's officials said Fair in particular is likely to suffer adverse effects without his seizure medication.

Family members and staff said that Fair and Pagan have never been away from Redwood Place for so long and believe the two may be headed to San Francisco or Union City, Ritter said.

Fair was described as a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 186 pounds. He was last seen wearing a striped, cream-colored polo shirt, khaki shorts and rubber shoes. In a picture given to the sheriff's office, Fair was wearing glasses.      

Pagan is a black woman, 5 feet tall and weighing 187 pounds. She was last seen wearing cream-colored pajamas and black shoes.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

The San Francisco Bay Area is expected to be cloudy this morning before becoming partly cloudy, with patches of fog and drizzle in the morning. Highs near 60 are anticipated.

Partly cloudy skies are likely this evening, before becoming cloudy tonight with patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s are expected.

Saturday is expected to be cloudy in the morning before becoming sunny later in the day. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are likely.

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Team Of Police Officers To Run In Relay Race To Calistoga

A dozen San Francisco police officers will be running in a 187-mile relay race up to the Napa Valley starting early Friday.

The 12 officers, two women and 10 men, are one of more than 300 teams participating in the Napa Valley Ragnar relay race, which starts at Marina Green in San Francisco on Friday and ends in Calistoga 24 hours later.

The police team, which includes a retired captain and a civilian member of the department, will leave San Francisco at 5:30 a.m. Friday after getting words of encouragement from police Chief Greg Suhr, who will give the opening address at the event.

The San Francisco Police Activities League is the official charity recipient of the race.

More information about the relay race is available at http://www.ragnarrelay.com/race/napavalley.


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