Search Ends for Missing Nursing Student Michelle Le
A three-day search for missing nursing student Michelle Le ended Sunday, but her father said efforts to find her would continue.
More search parties, fundraisers and events are planned, said Le's father Son Le, who described himself as "a father who misses his daughter on Father's Day."
"We're staying strong and positive until we bring her home to us," he said.
Michelle Le's family worked with community volunteers, the KlaasKids Foundation, a Sausalito-based organization dedicated to stopping crimes against children, Team Amber and the G.I. Joe Search Foundation to conduct three days of searches this weekend involving more than 450 volunteers.
The searches, based at a command center at 23350 Cypress Ave. in Hayward, are intended to eliminate areas for law enforcement to search.
The family hopes to expedite Michelle Le's homecoming, family spokeswoman Krystine Dinh said. Family member have said they believe she is still alive, despite Hayward police classifying the case as a homicide.
Michelle Le, a 26-year-old San Mateo resident, was last seen at Kaiser Permanente hospital in Hayward on May 27 at 7 p.m.
She stepped out to take a break from her clinical rotation after telling classmates she had plans to go to Reno for the weekend, and never returned.
Investigators have said they have discovered compelling evidence that "Points conclusively to homicide," but have not released further details.
Firefighters Contain Brush Fire in Benicia
A two-alarm brush fire near a freeway in Benicia damaged several fences Sunday but did not reach any homes or cause any injuries, a fire captain said.
Firefighters arrived at the fire near Interstate Highway 780 at the E. Fifth Street on-ramp around 3:30 p.m., fire officials said.
It was contained around 5 p.m., Capt. Lisa Dubnoff said.
The fire spread across about two acres and damaged the fences of several homes, but did not damage any actual buildings, Dubnoff said. There were no injuries.
The fire's cause remains under investigation, but is likely to be an "improperly discarded hot object" of some description, she said. A total of 27 firefighters from five fire departments were on scene fighting the blaze.
Coast Guard Rescues Family from SF Bay After Boat Capsizes
Coast Guard crews rescued a family from the water near Alameda on Sunday morning, Coast Guard officials said.
A father and his two children were rescued 500 yards south of Ballena Bay in Alameda when their 19-foot aluminum boat capsized before 11:40 a.m., Petty Officer 1st Class David Font said.
Rescue crews from San Francisco responded to the call and arrived at 11:58 a.m., near the Encinal Boat Ramp where the boat had capsized.
The crew rescued the man and two children from the water in a small boat, according to Font.
The capsized boaters were all reported to be in stable condition once ashore and were taken to Alameda Hospital for further evaluation, he said.
Font said a majority of the boat was submerged in the bay with 2 to 3 feet of the bow out of the water.
SF Stabbing Suspect Arrested
A suspect was arrested in a non-fatal stabbing reported at Geary Street and Van Ness Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, according to San Francisco police.
Officers called to the scene found a victim who had suffered several cuts to the leg that were not life threatening, Officer Albie Esparza said.
A suspect, whose name has not yet been released, was arrested at the scene.
It appears the victim and suspect were involved in an argument that escalated and led to the stabbing, but the reason for the argument remains under investigation, Esparza said.
The victim, described by a San Francisco fire dispatcher as a male in his 30s, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment.
Sea Lion Spotted on Deck at St. Francis Yacht Club
A sea lion was spotted on a deck at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco on Sunday morning, but it eluded capture by diving onto the rocks below, officials said.
The sea lion was spotted on a first-level deck at the yacht club, said Jim Oswald, communications director for the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.
The center was contacted around 8:30 a.m., but San Francisco police and fire units were already on scene.
Before the center's stranding unit could arrive, however, the sea lion, thought to have been a young adult, became spooked by the people on scene and jumped off the deck, Oswald said.
Police at the scene reported that the sea lion hit the rocks below and appeared to have a cut on its back, but it disappeared before the extent of its injuries could be assessed, Oswald said.
So far, no reports have come in of an injured animal in the area.
"Obviously, if folks do see this animal and it looks injured, do give us a call," he said.
Second Harvest Food Bank Receives New Building from Cypress Semiconductor Corp.
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties will be unwrapping its largest corporate contribution ever this morning-a new building.
Decorated with a giant ribbon and bow, the 75,000 square foot building estimated at $9 million is a gift from the Cypress Semiconductor Corp., food bank representatives said.
Serving as a volunteer food-sorting center, the building will help make 18 million more meals available to the hungry, representatives said.
The building is located on Cypress Semiconductor's corporate campus at 4001 N. First St. in San Jose.
At about 10:30 a.m., the food bank will be unwrapping the donation.
For 20 consecutive years, Cypress Semiconductor has been the largest per-capita corporate donor to the food bank, according to representatives.
One in 10 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties receive food from the Second Harvest Food Bank, representatives said.
Pittsburg Fire Hospitalizes 3 People
A two-alarm fire hospitalized three people for smoke inhalation and caused about $250,000 in damage to their home in Pittsburg on Saturday evening, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.
An alarm monitoring center first alerted firefighters when a fire alarm was activated in the home at about 7 p.m., fire officials said.
Neighbors reported the house fire on Valley Drive a few minutes later.
Responding crews saw a large column of smoke from more than a mile away.
After arriving, they found the one-story single family home fully engulfed in flames and an adjacent home also becoming involved in the fire, officials said.
A second alarm was called, and fire crews used large hose lines to control the blaze from the exterior and prevent its spread to the neighboring home's interior.
The fire was under control within 30 minutes, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials said.
The residents of the primary home were notified of the fire by their smoke detector, officials said.
The occupants found the blaze in their garage, and attempted to put the fire out. When their efforts failed, they left the house.
The three residents were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
The fire caused an estimated $250,000 in damage to their home.
The adjacent house suffered minor damage that is less than $10,000, fire officials said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, but it appears accidental.
Thirty-one fire personnel, six engines, two ladder trucks and one breathing support unit responded to the fire.
OFD Put Out Debris Fire
The Oakland Fire Department responded to a small debris fire on a boat located in an estuary near the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline early Sunday morning, a fire dispatcher said.
Firefighters used fire extinguishers to control the flames of the burning garbage on a powerboat located in waters near Swan Way and Doolittle Drive at about 4:20 a.m., a fire dispatcher said.
Although small, the one-alarm fire proved challenging because the boat was inaccessible and firefighters could not use fire hoses to put out the blaze, according to the Oakland Fire Department.
The Oakland Fire Department controlled the fire, but the debris was still smoldering as of about 6 a.m. Sunday, and crews were working to quell the smoke.
Elderly SF Man Hit Tree, Died
An elderly San Francisco man was killed after his car hit a tree in Saratoga on Saturday evening, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The 70-year-old man was traveling eastbound in the driveway of 14831 Pierce Road at an unknown speed when he failed to negotiate a curve to the left at about 5:45 p.m., CHP officials said.
The driver's 1969 Volkswagen Beetle veered to the right off of the roadway and crashed into a large tree on the right shoulder, according to the CHP.
After the crash, the Volkswagen came to a stop on its wheels with the front of the car against a tree.
The 70-year-old was not wearing his seatbelt and it appears he was killed instantly, CHP officials said.
It is unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.
The CHP has not yet released the name of the victim.
SOMA Stabbing Leaves Victim with Life-Threatening Injuries
A man suffered from life-threatening injuries following a stabbing in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood early Sunday morning, police said.
The victim, a man in his 20s, was found at Harrison and Fourth streets just after 2 a.m. with several cuts to his throat, police said.
The man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital in critical condition, according to police.
San Francisco police describe the suspect as a black man in his 20s, who witnesses saw running away from the scene. Investigators believe the suspect and the victim might have been arguing, which could have led to the stabbing, police said.
Fairfield Police Arrest Bomb Suspect, After 8 Hour Standoff
Fairfield police arrested the man allegedly responsible for two explosive device incidents after an eight-hour standoff Saturday, police said.
Daniel Garcia, 29, surrendered after a SWAT team deployed tear gas into his home in the 1600 block of Quincey Lane, police said.
He was arrested on suspicion of using a destructive device.
On Friday, police named Garcia as a suspect in two incidents involving explosives and issued a $200,000 warrant for his arrest.
On May 27, police discovered that a pipe bomb had been detonated under a parked vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Phoenix Drive. The owner of the vehicle put out the fire from the explosion before police arrived.
The blast caused minor damage to the vehicle's undercarriage, police said. Fairfield police executed a search warrant at Garcia's home on Thursday, and found an explosive device and the materials used to make it. On Saturday, officers received a tip that Garcia had returned home.
Once police arrived, he refused to communicate with officers and ignored orders to surrender until the tear gas was used, police said. Police also arrested 29-year-old resident Jimmie Hicks, who was in the home with Garcia, on suspicion of obstruction.
Garcia, who was on probation for unrelated narcotics offenses, was also arrested on suspicion of probation violation.
The Fairfield Police Department SWAT team, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Task Force, Yolo County Bomb Squad, and FBI Bomb Unit responded to assist with Garcia's arrest.