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Four People Including Three Firefighters Injured In Series Of Crashes In Orinda

Four people including three firefighters were injured Sunday morning in a series of collisions on eastbound state Highway 24 in Orinda, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crashes began just before 9 a.m. when a blue Chevy S-10 collided with the concrete center divider east of Wilder Road, according to CHP Sgt. Scott Siria.

The crash triggered a second crash between a tan Toyota Corolla and a silver Honda Civic, that ended with the Civic being pushed into the Chevy. The Corolla stopped on the right shoulder of the freeay.

A fire truck arrived on the scene and stopped in the two right lanes, and then the driver and passenger from the Corolla got into the back of an ambulance, Siria said.

A burgundy Acura Legend then spun out of control and crashed into the stopped fire truck, before stopping in the right lane, near the Corolla.

As the driver of the Acura and three firefighters stood on the right shoulder near the Corolla, a Chevy Tahoe traveling in the left lane spun out of control toward the stopped vehicles, Siria said.

The Tahoe hit the rear of the Corolla, pushing it into the driver of the Acura. The Tahoe then overturned, hitting the three firefighters on the right shoulder, Siria said.

The firefighters, two males ages 42 and 41 and a 36-year-old female, suffered major injuries, as did the driver of the Acura.

San Jose Family Of 5 Escapes One-Alarm House Fire Fueled By Christmas Tree, Gifts

A family of five and their dog safely escaped a fire in their San Jose home early Sunday morning after smoke alarms alerted them to the blaze.

Fire crews were called around 1:20 a.m. to a house in the 4600 block of Rotherhaven Way, San Jose Fire Capt. Rob Brown said.

Flames burned across the front of the home, sending smoke from the house.

Crews were able to get the fire under control by 2 a.m., the captain said.

Brown said the fire appears to have started in a front room of the house, where flames torched a Christmas tree and several newly wrapped gifts underneath it. The fire heavily damaged the home's front rooms with smoke and soot damage to the rest of the house.

The exact cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Two adults, three children and the family dog all exited the house safely after the house's smoke detectors went off.

"They were all asleep and the smoke detectors woke them up," Brown said.

The fire captain said the incident illustrates the importance of having working smoke detectors throughout the home.

"In this case, it really did save their lives," he said.

The family has been displaced and plans to stay with friends and relatives, he said.

Flood Projections Downgraded For Russian, Napa Rivers

Flood warnings for the Russian and Napa rivers were downgraded following Sunday's heavy rains, according to revised projections from the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service on Saturday had forecast that the Russian River would reach flood stage in Guerneville, around 32 feet, around 2 a.m. this morning, and crest around noon at 35 feet.

However, after Sunday's storm, that projection was revised and the river is now expected to stay below flood stage, cresting at just over 27 feet around 4 a.m. today.

The highest recorded flood in Guerneville occurred in February 1986, when the river reached 49.5 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

Predictions of flooding on the Napa River were also downgraded Sunday, according to Napa city officials there.

The river was expected to crest in the city of Napa between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday evening and to stay within its banks, community outreach coordinator Barry Martin said.

As a precaution, Veterans Memorial Park, Oxbow Preserve Park and the Riverfront Promenade were set to remain closed to the public for the remainder of the day.

Residents in low-lying or flood-prone areas were being advised to remain vigilant.

Overturned Big Rig Ignored Wind Warnings, Speeded On Richmond Bridge

A big rig driver whose truck overturned on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Sunday, blocking traffic for more than five hours, ignored high wind warnings and drove at excessive speeds prior to the accident, the California Highway Patrol said.

The truck was traveling east on Interstate 580 around 4:30 a.m., just east of the San Quentin off-ramp, at speeds in excess of 45 mph when it was overturned by strong winds, Officer Eric Hohmeister said.

The driver had ignored high wind warning signs when entering the bridge, Hohmeister said.

The empty tractor trailer overturned on to its right side, blocking the two left lanes. Tow crews had to wait for winds to subside before attempting to move the fallen vehicle.

The truck was righted and the roadway reopened by about 10:30 a.m.

There were no reports of any injuries and no gasoline was spilled.

Eastbound lanes were blocked for more than five hours, with traffic using the right shoulder to pass.

Mike Nevin, Former San Mateo County Supervisor, Dies Of Cancer At 69

Mike Nevin, a former San Mateo County Supervisor, Daly City council member and San Francisco police inspector, died of cancer Sunday at the age of 69, according to local officials.

Nevin served 12 years on the Board of Supervisors following his election in 1992, before serving as executive director of the nonprofit Service League.

County officials remembered him as an effective, caring intelligent leader with an engaging personality, county spokesman Marshall Wilson said.

"Mike had a vision for a more caring, a more just and a more compassionate world," said Adrienne Tissier, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors an a fellow Daly City resident.

"What made him such a great leader is that he made you feel that together you could bring about such a world," Tissier added.

The initiatives Nevin championed during his time in office included a plan, now enacted, to provide health care coverage for all of San Mateo County's children, Wilson said.

"It is a disgrace that San Mateo County, one of the most affluent, sophisticated counties, has over 20,000 uninsured children," Nevin reportedly once told an audience. "Whether it is in good times or in bad, San Mateo County must do better for its children, and we will all work together to do so."

Nevin, a former police officer, also advocated for the provision of medical marijuana to the seriously ill, Wilson said.

Assemblyman Rich Gordon, who served with Nevin on the Board of Supervisors, said Nevin "dedicated a lifetime to public service."

"...Mike focused squarely on the needs of our most vulnerable residents," Gordon said, adding "His faith and his family always guided him, and as his colleague for many years, I appreciated his energy and valued his commitment."

Congresswoman Jackie Speier called Nevin a "giant in politics in San Mateo County."

"His passion was unbridled, his compassion boundless and his love for those without inexhaustible," Speier said, describing Nevin as someone who would speak for understanding on behalf of ex-offenders "literally with tears in his eyes."

"He was wise. He was iconoclastic. He was a leader by example," she said. "I loved him and admired him greatly."

BART, Muni Service Restored Following Flooding, Power Outages

Public transit suffered flooding and power outages Sunday caused by heavy rains.

San Francisco's Muni Metro subway system was shut down for hours Sunday by flooding at the Church Street Station, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesman Paul Rosa said.

The tracks were closed from around 8:40 a.m. until around 1 p.m. while crews worked to pump water out of the station and tunnel.

"We have pumps in the tunnel, but because there was so much water on the surface, the pumps underneath were overwhelmed," Rose said.

Muni provided bus shuttles between West Portal and Embarcadero stations until the station was restored to service.

All service has returned to normal at this point, Rose said. 

Meanwhile BART suffered two power outages that disrupted service systemwide Sunday.

At 9:18 a.m., BART experienced a power failure that affected its computer system and backup generators and halted service. Power and service were restored at 10:18 a.m., officials said.

However, a second computer power circuit failure at 2:05 p.m. once again brought service to a halt, this time for around 20 minutes, according to BART spokeswoman Luna Salaver.

Service was restored at 2:22 p.m., Salaver said.

27-Year-Old Woman Killed In Early Morning Crash In Daly City Identified

A 27-year old woman who was killed in a crash in Daly City early Sunday morning has been identified as Lauren Delos Reyes, according to the San Mateo County coroner's office.

The Daly City resident was driving north on Interstate Highway 280 when she collided with another vehicle near the Eastmoor Avenue off-ramp just after 5 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Delos Reyes was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Several lanes were blocked until the roadway was cleared at about 7 a.m.

The crash remains under investigation by the CHP.

Driver Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash In Oakland's Temescal District

A driver was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Oakland's Temescal District early Sunday morning, a police officer said.

Officers located a driver inside his car near the intersection of Telegraph and 44th avenues. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Officer Kevin McDonald said.

It appears that a vehicle crashed into the victim's car before fleeing the scene, he said.

Police are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Man Injured In Mission District Shooting

A man was injured in a shooting in San Francisco's Mission District early Sunday morning, a police officer said.

The man was near the intersection of Mission and 18th streets around 1:30 a.m. when someone shot him twice, according to police.

The man was taken to a hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

No suspect information was immediately available.

Woman Fights Off Purse Snatcher Despite Beating, Chases Suspect In Downtown Palo Alto

A woman who was attacked and beaten by a purse snatcher in downtown Palo Alto early Sunday morning not only held on to her purse but fought off her attacker and chased him down the street, according to police.

The victim, a woman in her 30s, was walking on the 200 block of Homer Avenue around 1 a.m. while listening to music on headphones, police said.

She was pushed to the ground from behind without warning by a suspect who tried to grab her purse.

The victim rolled on to her back and held on to her purse while the suspect struck her in the face repeatedly, around six to eight times, police said.

The woman then kicked the suspect in the midsection, causing him to back off and run away.

At that point, the woman began chasing the suspect west on Homer Avenue, then north on Ramona Street and east on Forest Avenue, before she stopped at a police garage and yelled for help.

A police employee found her outside, crying and bleeding from her nose, police said. She suffered swelling to the left side of her face and had cuts to one of her lips.

The suspect, meanwhile, continued east on Forest Avenue and the victim lost sight of him. Police were unable to locate him in a search of the area.

The suspect was described as a black male in his 20s or 30s, more than 6 feet tall and wearing a dark or black long-sleeved hooded sweatshirt or jacket and dark pants.

Two Santa Cruz Men Robbed, One Shot, Outside Watsonville Gun Range

A Santa Cruz man was shot in the leg and injured outside a Watsonville gun range Sunday afternoon when a suspect attempted to rob him and his father-in-law of their gun, according to police.

The victims, a 38-year-old Santa Cruz man and his 46-year-old father-in-law, were just leaving Markley's Gun Range on Vic Rugh Lane at Blanca Lane just after 2 p.m. when the robbery occurred, according to police.

After locking their weapon in the trunk of their car, the two were approached by a man wearing a bandanna over his face and armed with a handgun.

The suspect allegedly demand their weapon, and the father in law grabbed the suspect's gun and struggled with him, police said.

The younger victim began to run south on Vic Rugh Lane, and the suspect broke free and chased him, allegedly firing at the man multiple times, police said. One of the bullets struck the victim's leg.

A black or dark green Acura picked up the suspect on Vic Rugh Lane and fled the scene toward Freedom Boulevard from Gardener Avenue, police said.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a hat and a black and white bandanna.

The suspect vehicle was described as being black or dark green, with a model year between 1988 and 1992. The body was in poor condition, and the rear window had a tint that was bubbling.

The driver was a Hispanic male adult, 28-32 years old.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Report

Partly cloudy weather is likely in the Bay Area today. Highs are expected to be in the lower 60s, with light winds.

Mostly cloudy skies are expected tonight, with lows in the lower 50s and light winds.
Mostly cloudy skies and a chance of rain are expected on Tuesday.

Highs are expected to be in the lower 60s, with southern winds around 5 mph.

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