Investigation Conducted After Oakland Firefighters Find Two Bodies In Blaze
Homicide detectives are conducting an investigation after Oakland firefighters discovered two bodies burning in a blaze at a two-story building early Sunday morning, Oakland police and fire officials said.
Oakland firefighters responded to a report of a fire in the 3100 block of Coolidge venue at a residential unit in the building around 1:05 a.m. and found two bodies burning in the home, Oakland police Officer J. Moore said.
One of the bodies was badly burned and the coroner is still collecting evidence to identify the victim, Oakland fire Battalion Chief Darin White said. The other victim is believed to be a woman, he said.
The building houses an acupuncture and acupressure business on its lower level, along with a residential unit in the rear, White said. The bodies were found in the building's upper level in a separate residential unit where the fire originated, he said.
Six people were displaced as a result of the one-alarm fire, which was extinguished within about 15 minutes, White said. There were no other reported injuries. The blaze caused an estimated $50,000 to $70,000 in damage, he said.
White said the fire has not been deemed suspicious because the fire investigator is still on the scene gathering information. Although an arson investigation is not underway, a witness reported seeing several suspects running away from the building after the blaze, he said.
Wrong-Way Driver Suffers Major Injuries In Palo Alto Crash
A wrong-way driver suffered major injuries in a fiery crash in Palo Alto early Sunday morning, police said.
An officer spotted a vehicle driving north in the southbound lane on Alma Street at about 2:55 a.m., according to Palo Alto police.
The vehicle apparently crossed multiple lanes and aimed for the police vehicle, which avoided a collision. The officer attempted to pursue the suspect, but the vehicle drove out of sight near Churchill Avenue, police said.
Responding officers said the suspect vehicle traveled at a high speed toward a curve in the roadway near Hamilton Avenue, where the vehicle crashed through a guardrail and landed on University Avenue, bursting into flames.
The driver, a 30-year-old Mountain View man, was pulled from the burning vehicle and firefighters extinguished the blaze.
The driver was taken to Stanford Medical Center to be treated for serious injuries.
A portion of University Avenue was closed to traffic until 9:45 a.m.
Six Residents Displaced And Two Injured By San Jose Fire
Six residents were displaced, including two who suffered minor burns, after a small fire started in the bedroom of their San Jose home early Sunday morning, a fire captain said.
Firefighters responded to a blaze reported at a triplex unit at South Third and Martha streets around 4:45 a.m., San Jose fire Capt. Rob Brown said.
Crews arrived quickly and found light smoke coming from the side of the building, Brown said. Firefighters found the fire coming from one of the bedrooms, where they were able to contain the blaze before it spread to neighboring units, he said. The fire was under control by about 5:30 a.m.
All six residents, four adults and two children, were able to escape the home without serious injury. Brown said two adults suffered minor burns when they tried to extinguish the fire using blankets. Both were treated on scene and released.
The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents with temporary housing.
The damage to the home was confined to the windows and doors and is estimated to be about $10,000, Brown said. The fire investigator is still on the scene gathering information to determine the cause of the fire.
Concord Carjacking Suspect Identified
The suspect in a wild vehicle pursuit and carjacking that took place Sunday afternoon in Concord has been identified as Dustin Edward Cooper, a parolee who is considered armed and dangerous.
Concord police said they were notified around noon that a vehicle being pursued by the California Highway Patrol was entering the city. Police did not join the pursuit at that time, and the chase ended when the suspect abandoned his vehicle on southbound state Highway 242 just north of Willow Pass Road and fled on foot.
A short time later, however, a carjacking was reported in the 1500 block of Pine Street. Police believed the suspect in the carjacking was the same suspect in the pursuit, given the location, timing and matching descriptions.
The carjacked vehicle was driven erratically through Concord, causing multiple reports of reckless driving and hit and run accidents. It was ultimately found unoccupied in the 4800 block of Myrtle Drive. The suspect remains at large.
Livermore Man Arreseted For Three Explosive Devices
A Livermore man was arrested after officers found three explosive devices during a probation search Saturday morning, police said.
Officers arrived at apartment No. 209 at 5810 East Avenue to serve an arrest warrant to Gabriel Douglas, 31, and to execute a probation search warrant around 8 a.m., Livermore police said.
During the search, officers found three explosive devices -- two wrapped sticks of gunpowder with fuses and a water bottle containing gunpowder and a fuse.
The immediate area was evacuated and the Alameda County Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit responded to secure the explosives, police said.
After the devices were secured, residents were permitted to reenter their homes.
Douglas allegedly admitted to possessing the explosives, police said. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a destructive device, a probation violation and an arrest warrant. Douglas was booked into Santa Rita Jail.
San Jose Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile Virus
Mosquitoes collected from south San Jose have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Santa Clara Count Vector Control District.
The positive detection has prompted the vector control district to plan a mosquito fogging treatment in the south San Jose area on Wednesday at 11 p.m. The fogging is scheduled to last for several hours.
The general area of the fogging is bordered by Hillsdale Avenue on the north, Kenton Lane and Glenmont Drive on the west, Monterey and Dunn avenues on the east, and Foothill Drive on the south.
A map of the planned fogging area can be viewed at www.sccvector.org.
Information regarding the fogging will be distributed to area residents this week, according to the district.
San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office Identified Bayview Train Accident Suspect
The San Francisco medical examiner's office has identified a man killed Saturday by a train in the city's Bayview District as 30-year-old Brandon Swain.
Swain, a San Francisco resident, was struck on the tracks by southbound Caltrain No. 440 near Jerrold Avenue in the at about 5:30 p.m., Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.
Trains in both directions were delayed for about an hour.
The incident remains under investigation.
Volunteer Clean Up 9/11 Restoration Held In Presidio
More than 40 people came out to volunteer in the Presidio Sunday morning as part of a nationwide effort to inspire volunteer service in observance of the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, park officials said.
The Presidio Trust partnered with HandsOn Bay Area (HOBA) to organize volunteers to help clean up non-native shrubbery in an area known as Park Scrub near Mountain Lake.
The area getting the makeover will become the habitat for the endangered San Francisco Lessingia, which is a rare flowering plant in the daisy family, National Park Service biological science technician Coty Sifuentes-Winter said.
To go along with the 12 regular volunteers, HOBA brought in 32 extra people to help with the restoration project, Presidio Trust volunteer coordinator Jenny McIlvaine said.
The Presidio hosts a number of different volunteer programs on a weekly basis, including a weekly Sunday project, McIlvaine said.
The National Day of Service and Remembrance is part of HOBA's month-long "Season of Service," a campaign to engage 3,000 Bay Area volunteers in performing 9,011 hours of service.
HOBA is an affiliate of HandsOn Network, an alliance of innovative volunteer management organizations around the world, and hosts a number of monthly events including managing more than 80 direct-service projects per month.
HOBA was started by the families of the 9/11 victims and is used to "create positive volunteer experiences" and for people who "want to be part of something bigger," HOBA project manager Julie Walsh said.
Sunday was the second of three "Season of Service" events.
Mountain View And The Rest Of The United States Come Together To Observe Moment Of Silence For 9/11
The city of Mountain View and much of the population of the United States came together Sunday to observe a coordinated moment of silence to remember the lives lost ten years ago in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
The federal government called for the nation to observe one minute of silence at exactly 1 p.m. EST, or 10 a.m. PST, and to cease all other work or activity wherever possible and honor those whose lives were lost during the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The Mountain View City Council resolved to participate in the moment of silence in a proclamation signed by Mayor Jac Siegel on Aug. 15.
Mountain View also had a processional of public safety, military and service personnel through the city streets beginning at 11 a.m. They eventually gathered at Civic Center Plaza on the corner of Mercy and Castro streets for a solemn remembrance ceremony.
At the ceremony, the U.S. flag was lowered to half-staff -- a powerful signal of mourning and respect -- and Siegel addressed those gathered on the significance of the tragic events of Sept. 11. An additional moment of silence was held at the ceremony.
Violent Crimes And Property Offences Decreased In 2010 According To Report
Violent crimes and property offenses decreased across the state in 2010, according to the annual Crime in California report released by the state Department of Justice on Friday.
The report considered violent offenses -- homicides, forcible rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults -- and property crimes, including burglaries, motor vehicle thefts, and larceny-theft exceeding $400. Changes in arson were also evaluated.
This is the fourth consecutive year that violent crime has dropped across the state, and violent crimes are at their lowest level since 1968, according to the state Office of the Attorney General.
The trend was shared across the Bay Area, with more counties seeing decreases in both overall categories, according to the report.
In San Francisco, arsons decreased by 20.7 percent, with 157 arson fires in 2010 versus 198 the year before. Crimes overall decreased, and the largest change was in motor vehicle theft, which was down by 20.5 percent.
In Alameda County, the largest change involved motor vehicle thefts, which decreased from 12,768 in 2009 to 9,448 in 2010, a decline of 26 percent. The homicide rate decreased slightly, with 8.3 homicides per 100,000 people in 2010, compared to a rate of 8.8 the year prior, a change of 5.7 percent.
Homicides were down significantly in neighboring Contra Costa County, which had 65 homicides in 2010 compared to 89 the previous year, a decrease of 27 percent. In terms of homicide rate, there were 6 homicides per 100,000 people in 2010.
Overall, violent crimes in Marin County showed a slight decrease -- 0.8 percent -- although robberies increased by 5.5 percent to 153 incidents in 2010. Aggravated assaults decreased from 337 to 316, down 6.2 percent. The number of homicides, 4, was unchanged from 2009.
Although property crimes in Napa County were down by 14.6 percent overall, violent crimes spiked, increasing by 12.2 percent overall. The change was attributed to a spate of aggravated assaults, with 549 assaults in 2010 versus 452 the year before.
Crimes were down overall in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties, with slight increases. In Solano County, crimes in both overall categories decreased, although the number of forcible rapes increased by 25 percent.
Vallejo Man Sentenced To More Than 8 Years In Jail For Gun Trafficking And Felony Possession
A Vallejo man was sentenced Thursday to more than eight years in prison for gun trafficking and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag announced Friday.
Glenn Alex Miller, 40, pleaded guilty on June 2, 2011, to trafficking in firearms and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Co-defendant Eric Lynch, 54, of American Canyon, also pleaded guilty in June to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Miller had previously been convicted of assault with a firearm in 1994 and two other firearm-related felonies in 2000 and 2001, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
When Miller was arrested on Feb. 24, 2010, he possessed a Bushmaster .223 caliber rifle and four pistols.
As part of the plea agreement, he admitted to selling three firearms and ammunition over a five-month period in 2010. Lynch transported one of the three firearms to an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Lynch was also sentenced Thursday to 27 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The men were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White, and the sentences include three-year periods of supervised release.
The prosecution of Miller and Lynch -- the result of a six-month investigation by the bureau -- represents an ongoing cooperation between the U.S. Attorney's Office and the bureau to reduce gun trafficking and gun violence.
San Jose Residents, Leaders and Officials Held 9/11 Memorial March
More than 800 residents, community leaders, elected officials and civil servants gathered and marched in downtown San Jose Sunday to mark the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The commemorative mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph at 80 S. Market St. was so crowded that many had to stand outside the cathedral doorways and strain to catch a glimpse inside.
After Bishop Patrick McGrath exited the church doors, a procession of police, firefighters and emergency responders dressed in formal attire led the crowd down Market Street to San Jose Fire Station 1.
The march was accompanied by bagpipe and percussion players wearing police uniforms with kilts. Firefighters flanked a vintage fire engine while cadets and trainees handed out plastic firefighter hats to children. The group marched under a large U.S. flag strung between two fire engine ladders.
"All over America today we gather to remember one of the darkest days in our nation's history," keynote speaker U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, said at the fire station Sunday.
Lofgren expressed remorse that much of that unity in Congress seen at that time has been lost. She related the story of the night of Sept. 11, 2001, when all of Congress gathered on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and spontaneously sang "God Bless America."
But, she said, "What has not been lost is a spirit of resilience and strength." She said the American spirit was "unbowed and unbroken" by the events of Sept. 11.
The fire station bell rang in four groups of five to end the ceremony, a traditional signal that all firefighters could go home for the day.
Union City Covered In American Flags In Honor Of 9/11
American flags flew from the backs from trucks, motorcycles and hats as friends, family and community members honored those who died on United Flight 93 at the flight's memorial in Union City Sunday afternoon.
"Through tragedy we have witnessed such tremendous bravery, great heroism and tremendous sacrifice," Reverend Albert Valencia said Sunday. "We honor this day those whose lives were so unselfishly given so that others would live."
"We do remember all that perished on this day 10 years ago."
Union City Mayor Mark Green spoke about the "duty of citizenship" and how it applied to these unselfish people.
"They didn't sign up that day on that flight to be self-sacrificing people to prevent a bigger tragedy at the Capitol Building," Green said. "Yet, spontaneously, they did the right thing."
"We need to be looking to each other and inside of ourselves for more examples of this."
More than 300 people came to pay their respects, some arriving as early as 7 a.m.
The National Flight 93 Memorial also had its dedication ceremony Sunday but, for some, the real home of the memorial is in the Bay Area.
San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast
The San Francisco Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy today, with patches of fog this morning. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are anticipated, with southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Partly cloudy skies are likely this evening, before becoming mostly cloudy tonight. Lows in the mid 50s are expected, with west winds 5 to 15 mph.
Tuesday is expected to be mostly cloudy and foggy in the morning before becoming partly cloudy later in the day. West winds 10 to 15 mph are anticipated. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are likely.
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