Suisun City: 18-Year Old Arrested for Posting Threats to Duplicate Shooting Tragedy
Police arrested an 18-year-old Suisun City man on Monday, who had been posting comments on the Internet indicating that he supported the actions of the school shooting in Connecticut and had thoughts of possibly committing similar acts.
Fairfield police received information that Sergio Cabada was posting threats online on Monday morning.
At about 3:30 p.m., detectives served a search warrant at the home of the suspect in Suisun City, police said.
Cabada was home at the time the search warrant was served.
Several items were seized to complete the criminal investigation and to prevent future acts of violence, police said.
Cabada was arrested without incident and booked into Solano County jail on felony charges of criminal threats.
Regional: Gun Buyback Events Overwhelmed in SF, Oakland this Weekend
In the wake of the massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut, police in Oakland and San Francisco were overwhelmed with people handing over firearms at gun buyback events this weekend, San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said Monday.
Nearly 300 guns were brought to the event on Saturday at the Omega Boys Club in San Francisco on Saturday while about 300 more were brought to Saint Benedict's Church in Oakland, Suhr said.
"We far exceeded whatever we thought we could get ... based on all the other gun buybacks," he said.
Residents who turned in a working, unloaded gun received $200 per gun on up to three guns, but because of the high volume of guns handed over, roughly half of the people had to be given vouchers for the money and organizers are currently looking for funding sources to pay them, Suhr said.
The chief said the high numbers were likely attributed to the shooting that left more than two dozen students and staff dead at an elementary school a day earlier, a case Suhr called "unimaginable."
He said, "We're doing everything we can make sure that those things don't happen ever again anywhere."
Speaking at an unrelated event in the city's Bayview District Monday, Suhr said many of the people who came to the gun buyback event were relieved to be rid of the firearm.
"A lot of the commentary we got was 'I'm so glad I get to have this out of my house,'" he said, adding that there are also "a lot of cops here in the Bayview that are happy that those guns are off the streets."
Pleasant Hill: Threatening Call to Middle School Leads to Brief Lockdown this Morning
A Pleasant Hill middle school was briefly locked down Monday morning after someone called in a threat to the school, according to a Pleasant Hill police sergeant.
Around 10 a.m. someone called Sequoia Middle School, located at 265 Boyd Road, and said, "You're next," according to Sgt. Tim Frank.
Police immediately arrived and searched the school for suspicious objects and activity.
The campus was given the all-clear by 10:40 a.m., Frank said.
Faculty and staff were alerted about the threat and no one was able to leave the campus, however classes were not interrupted, Frank said.
Frank said the school and police exercised an "abundance of caution" following Friday's elementary school shooting rampage in Connecticut and other recent threats in Pleasant Hill.
Other incidents in the past few weeks include a bomb threat at Pleasant Hill Elementary School last week and juveniles blowing up a mailbox with a homemade bomb a few days before that.
Frank said police are investigating who called the school.
Sunnyvale: Man Allegedly Wielding Hammer Struck, Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting
A man who was struck in an officer-involved shooting following an apparent family fight and an attack on an officer Saturday evening in Sunnyvale died that night, according to Sunnyvale public safety officials.
Officers responded to Tartarian Way at 5:56 p.m. after reports of a family fight in which a man had attacked a fellow family member, public safety officials said.
One of the arriving officers walked toward the home and while at the intersection of Middlebury Drive and Tartarian Way a man holding a hammer confronted him, officials said.
The officer ordered the man to stop and drop the hammer.
Instead the man apparently charged at the officer, prompting the officer to fire shots, officials said.
The suspect was struck by the gunfire.
Medical personnel responded to the officer-involved shooting and took the suspect to Stanford Hospital.
The suspect, a Sunnyvale resident, was taken into surgery, however he was pronounced dead that night, officials said.
The sole officer fired at the suspect. He is a four-year veteran of the department.
He has been placed on administrative leave, in accordance with department procedures, as the case is investigated.
Oakland: Couple Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering Neighbor
A married couple pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge that they murdered their neighbor in East Oakland in August. Larry Alford and Donisha Rene Allen, both 22, are scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on Jan. 28 for a pretrial hearing.
Alford and Allen are accused of killing 21-year-old Demetria Spears at their apartment complex in the 1900 block of 85th Avenue at about 9:35 p.m. on Aug. 25.
Oakland police Officer Robert Rosin said in a probable cause declaration filed in court that Alford was involved in an altercation with Spears but didn't say what the altercation was about.
Rosin said, "Alford armed himself with a firearm and shot the victim, who succumbed to her injuries and died."
He said Alford also shot and attempted to murder Spears' 14-year-old cousin, who was hospitalized for treatment for the injuries he suffered in the shooting.
Authorities haven't disclosed what role Allen allegedly played in the shooting.
In addition to the murder charge for Spears' death, Alford and Allen also are charged with attempted murder for the shooting of Spears' cousin.
Alford, in an unusual move, turned himself in to police at Oakland police headquarters on Sept. 5.
Although Spears was killed nearly four months ago, Allen's attorney, Mario Andrews, said he still wasn't ready for Allen to enter a plea Monday because he wants more time to review police reports on the case.
But Judge Carrie Panetta ordered Allen and Alford to enter their pleas Monday, saying they initially were scheduled to enter pleas back on Sept. 7 and the case has already been postponed multiple times since then.
Co-defendants are barred from communicating with one another while they're in custody, but Andrews asked that an exception be made for Allen and Alford because they're married and have children and want to communicate with each other about arranging care for their children.
But Panetta refused to make an exception for them, saying they're involved in an important murder case.
The judge said Allen and Alford will have to continue to work with their children's grandparents to arrange for the care of their children.
SF: Man Gets Stuck in Chimney at Presidio Heights Apartment Building
A man got stuck in a chimney at an apartment building in San Francisco on Sunday night and while investigators are unsure why he ended up there, they have ruled out that it was Santa Claus doing a pre-Christmas test run, a police spokesman said Monday.
Officers responded shortly before 11:35 p.m. to the 3300 block of Clay Street in the city's Presidio Heights neighborhood, where the man was reportedly trapped in a ventilation duct, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.
After being stuck in there for roughly an hour, fire crews were able to free the man after dislodging some bricks in the chimney.
He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with minor cuts and scrapes, Shyy said.
No charges are pending against the man, according to Shyy, who said he did not know why the man ended up in the chimney.
While the incident occurred just nine days before Christmas and a day after the popular SantaCon event in San Francisco, Shyy said there were no reports that the man was dressed as Santa.
SF: Judge Promises to Rule Quickly on Challenge to Prop 35 Provision
A federal judge in San Francisco heard arguments but made no immediate ruling Monday on a bid to block a voter initiative's mandate that California's 73,000 registered sex offenders must disclose their online screen names and Internet service providers to police.
"I will be coming out with a ruling as quickly as I can," U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson told lawyers for two offenders, the state and the measure's sponsors after hearing two hours of arguments on the offenders' motion for a preliminary injunction.
The challenged mandate is part of Proposition 35, a ballot initiative intended to crack down on sex trafficking.
It was approved by 81 percent of state voters in November.
Two anonymous offenders and a group called California Reform Sex Offender Laws say the requirement, encompassing the offenders' use of discussion blogs, social media, e-mail and other Internet sites, violates their constitutional rights to free speech and due process.
"Our essential arguments are that this law is far too broad, sweeps in far too many people and sweeps in far too many types of Internet use," American Civil Liberties Union attorney Michael Risher told Henderson.
"It's also impossibly vague," Risher said.
Supervising Deputy California Attorney General Robert Wilson, defending the law, argued that the requirement will help officers find online predators and is a minimal addition to the identification information already required of registered offenders.
"The purpose is to be able to find somebody if we need to," Wilson contended.
The disclosure requirement "is nothing more than another location-information tool that law enforcement can use," he said.
"The burden on the registrants is negligible.
We're talking about filling in two blanks on a four-page form they already have to fill out," Wilson told Henderson.
In a brief filed last month, Wilson wrote, "Possession of this information may provide enough of a head start to save a victim's life."
Oakland: Two Men Plead Not Guilty in Fatal Shooting at KFC Restaurant
A convicted drug dealer and another man pleaded not guilty Monday to murder and attempted murder charges for a shooting at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in East Oakland on Aug. 16.
Anthony Paige, 27, who previously was convicted of drug-related charges, and Terry Austin, 27, are accused in the killing of 25-year-old Demariae Clay and the wounding of Karianna Valentina Threets while the victims were waiting for food in the drive-through lane of the restaurant at 73rd Avenue and International Boulevard at about 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 16.
The victims were in Threets' Lexus with Clay driving, according to Oakland police.
Officer Robert Trevino said in a probable cause statement filed in court that a witness saw Paige and Austin jump over a fence from the 1400 block of 72nd Avenue into the KFC parking lot.
The witness then saw both suspects brandish handguns, approach the victims' car and then shoot into the car, according to Trevino.
Paige and Austin got into an awaiting vehicle and fled the scene, the witness told police.
However, the witness saw the suspects drop a piece of evidence and when police tested a latent fingerprint on it the print matched Paige's prints, Trevino said.
Paige was arrested for murder and taken into custody on Sept. 4.
Austin was arrested on Nov. 21.
Trevino said when Paige was interviewed on Sept. 4 he denied being in the area of the restaurant at the time of the shooting but when he was re-interviewed on Sept. 6 he admitted to showing up at the shooting scene but only after the shooting had taken place.
Police didn't disclose the nature of the piece of evidence that they believe connects Paige to the shooting.
In addition to murder and attempted murder, Paige is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and of having two prior felony convictions, one in 2010 was for selling a controlled substance and one in 2005 was for selling or transporting marijuana.
Paige and Austin are scheduled to return to court on Jan. 14 for a pretrial hearing.
Rohnert Park: Alabama Man Arrested for Pimping Girls at Motel
Rohnert Park police arrested an Alabama man Monday morning who was traveling across the country with two girls, ages 17 and 18, and pimping them against their will, a police sergeant said.
Jeremy Tyron Mickens, 30, of Hoover, Ala. was arrested around 9 a.m. at the Good Night Inn at 5040 Redwood Drive, Sgt. Aaron Johnson said. Police responded to a report of a battery at the motel and found a juvenile girl with injuries on her head and face, Johnson said.
Evidence of human trafficking was found in one of the two motel rooms involved, Johnson said. Mickens worked for several companies doing inventory control and forced the girls to go with him, Johnson said.
One of the girls said they left Alabama four months ago, Johnson said.
The 17-year-old girl told police she had been to Kansas, Texas, Oregon and California, Johnson said.
The girl said she had no money or way to get home to Alabama, Johnson said.
Both girls will be taken to an undisclosed location for their safety until they can return home, Johnson said.
Mickens used a computer and cellphone to post photos of the girls on a website frequented by men looking for prostitutes, Johnson said.
Mickens was booked into the Sonoma County jail for pimping, pimping of a minor, false imprisonment, cruelty to a child, battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
His bail is $250,000. He will be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court.
Oakland: Three Suspects are Arrested in Shooting Deaths of Two Teen Girls
Three suspects have been arrested in the brutal shooting deaths of two teenage girls near Brookdale Park in East Oakland three weeks ago, police confirmed Monday.
However, police aren't yet releasing the names of the two men and the teenage boy who are in custody for the deaths of 15-year-old Raquel Gerstel and 16-year-old Bobbie Sartain in the 2600 block of Minna Avenue, near Brookdale, shortly before 6 a.m. Nov. 25.
It's expected that police will present the case to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office today to consider filing charges against the suspects.
The two girls were friends who grew up together in Alameda. Gerstel lived in San Leandro and was a freshman at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo.
Sartain lived on High Street in Oakland, a few blocks away from the scene of the shooting, but it's unclear if she was attending school.
The shooting deaths of the teenage girls sparked community outrage because they were each shot multiple times.
Oakland police have provided few details to the news media but Jayne Nayman, who lives near the shooting scene and heard the shooting, said police told residents that they found 36 shell casings at the scene.
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