San Francisco Bay Area Friday Midday News Roundup
Regional: Pearl Harbor Anniversary Marked By Variety Of Ceremonies
A variety of ceremonies are being held throughout the Bay Area today to mark the 71st anniversary of the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, that killed about 2,400 members of the America's military and plunged the nation into World War II.
Pearl Harbor survivors were honored at a ceremony this morning at Coast Guard Island in Alameda that included the placing of a wreath, a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.
Vice Admiral Paul Zukunft, the commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area, and Rear Admiral Christopher Colven, the Coast Guard Pacific Area deputy commander, participated in the ceremony.
Also this morning, the Northern California Recycle Rides program marked the anniversary by presenting refurbished vehicles at Chilton Auto Body in San Francisco to American soldiers returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Recycled Rides is a nationwide community service project in which members of the National Auto Body Council repair and donate recycled vehicles to families and service organizations in need in their local communities.
At 3:45 p.m. today, the 48th annual lighting of the beacon atop Mount Diablo is scheduled to take place. The Eye of Diablo, the rotating beacon on top of Mount Diablo, will shine throughout the night to honor those who served.
The event is sponsored by Save Mount Diablo, which has helped repair and restore the beacon, and the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.
In addition, there will be an art exhibit by more than 20 U.S. Military veterans at Bridgehead Studios in Alameda from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The artwork includes photos, pixels, paint, pottery and sculpture.
The day after the Pearl Harbor attack, President Franklin Roosevelt told Congress in a speech that Dec. 7, 1941, is "a date which will live in infamy."
California Gov. Jerry Brown said in a proclamation today, "While still deploring the treachery of one country attacking another without provocation, we remember with even greater awe the valor of those who defended Pearl Harbor, and the many more who answered their country's call in the ensuing mobilization."
Brown said, "The 2,402 members of the armed forces who gave their
lives that day will always live in our hearts as true American heroes."
SJ: Firefighters Douse Hot Spot That Sent Smoke Billowing Outside Two Restaurants
Firefighters doused a smoldering hot spot that sent out streams of smoke at a strip mall and caused a brief evacuation of two restaurants Thursday night, a San Jose Fire Department spokesman said.
The fire department received a call at about 9:20 p.m. of a reported fire at a strip mall in the 4800 block of San Felipe Road that was emitting smoke outside the Pasta Pomodoro and Panda Express eateries, San Jose fire spokesman Capt. Mike Van Elgort said.
When firefighters arrived, they saw smoke billowing from behind a restaurant sign within a crawl space and streaming outside the building's facade, but there were no flames, Van Elgort said.
Several patrons in the Pasta Pomodoro and the Panda Express and restaurant workers from each had to be evacuated.
Firefighters extinguished the smoldering heat within about 45 minutes and no one was injured, Van Elgort said.
The restaurants sustained minor damage from water firefighters sprayed into the attic above the establishments.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but it "appears to be electrical," Van Elgort said.
The call went to two alarms and briefly to three, which was canceled almost right away, Van Elgort said.
Oakland: 8 Arrested, 2 Guns Seized When Officers Service High-Risk Search Warrant
Eight suspects were taken into custody late Thursday night after Oakland police served a search warrant in East Oakland, police said.
The warrant was served in the 7800 block of MacArthur Boulevard at
11:45 p.m., police said.
Aside from the arrests for various charges including illegal firearm possession, a rifle and a handgun were seized, police said.
As of 8:10 a.m. today, officers remained at the scene where the high-risk warrant was executed.
San Ramon: Navy Reservist Just Back From Afghanistan Scores $195,000 Lotto Win
A Navy reservist who returned from Afghanistan last month has even more reason to celebrate this holiday season after winning $195,000 of the California Lottery's Fantasy 5 prize this week.
Alfredo Jauregui kept up with a weekly tradition of buying lotto tickets on Monday. It was not his lucky day. On Tuesday, he bought five more tickets at the Fast & Easy Mart at 2820 Crow Canyon Road in San Ramon, then he hit the bowling alley, California Lottery officials said.
At the bowling alley, Jauregui saw on television that someone from San Ramon had won the top Fantasy 5 lotto prize.
He immediately called his wife, who said she had a good feeling that he had the winning ticket.
"I bowled the worst three games of my life because I was anxious - I just wanted to check those tickets," he said.
Once Jauregui returned home and checked his tickets, he realized he had won half of the $391,894 top prize, or $195,947, according to lottery officials.
The Navy reservist wasted no time in picking up his prize, which he said he plans to use to pay off debt, buy a new car, help out family members and save for his and his wife's future family.
A player wins the Fantasy 5 jackpot by matching five numbers out of 39, and winning numbers are drawn daily. The top prize is $50,000 and increases each day until someone hits the jackpot. Tickets may be purchased for $1 from 21,000 retailers statewide.
Petaluma: Bicyclist Injured In Hit-And-Run Collision
A 23-year-old bicyclist was injured in a hit-and-run collision in Petaluma on Thursday night, according to police.
At about 10:15 p.m., police received a report of a bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle at about 9:15 p.m. near the intersection of E. Washington and Lakeville streets.
The injured bicyclist was transported to Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa with facial injuries.
The bicyclist's mother told police her son had been struck by a vehicle before the driver fled the area.
The victim told police the vehicle, described as a dark-colored, four-door sedan, struck his back tire, which caused him to fall to the ground. The victim was treated and released from the hospital.
Marin Co.: Arraignment Date Set For Suspect In Assisted Living Facility Fraud, ID Theft Case
The manager of an assisted-living facility in Mill Valley who was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of fraud, identity theft and financial elder abuse of a resident is scheduled to be arraigned in Marin County Superior Court on Christmas Eve.
Marianita Capra, 49, of Novato, posted bail and was released from the Marin County jail.
Mill Valley police have released more information about the alleged crimes.
Marianita is suspected of defrauding more than $40,000 from an 80-year-old female resident of the 49-bed Marin Terrace assisted-living facility at 297 Miller Ave. during the last several months, Detective Sgt. Paul Wrapp said.
She allegedly stole the elderly woman's identity, applied and received credit cards in her name and bought retail goods and personal and home items, Wrapp said. The woman has been living at Marin Terrace for about six months.
Most of the allegedly stolen money was spent, Wrapp said.
Police have identified one victim so far and are determining whether there are other victims.
Wrapp said Capra managed the facility but did not own it and has worked there for four years.
A man who answered the phone at the facility today said Capra was no longer working there.
SJ: Former Teacher Sentenced To One Year For Possession Of Child Pornography
A former San Jose elementary school teacher was sentenced Tuesday to one year in the Santa Clara County Main Jail for possession of child pornography after police found images on computer hard drives he used, a district attorney's office spokeswoman said.
Johnny Urias, 51, has been given until Dec. 14 to surrender to begin his sentence, which also includes four years probation and registration as a sex offender, said Lisa McCrary, ombudsman for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.
The Santa Clara County Superior Court also required Urias to stay at least 300 yards from the elementary school where he used to work, McCrary said.
The court agreed to drop one of the two counts of possession of child pornography against the defendant, McCrary said.
Urias, a former teacher at the Will Rodgers Elementary School in San Jose, was arrested by Milpitas police at his San Jose home May 30, months after they received a report that he might have child pornography, according to the Milpitas Police Department.
His wife found the images on his computers and turned him in, according to Clarissa Hamilton, deputy district attorney with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.
Milpitas police began an investigation, which included examining the hard drives of computers Urias had access to, in August 2011 when Urias used to live in Milpitas.
Investigators did not extract enough evidence from the hard drives to make an arrest until May, police said.
Urias had been placed on paid leave from the school in September 2011, police said.
Solano Co.: Fatal Hit-And-Run Suspect Posts Bail
A Fairfield man arrested for the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian on Peabody Road in unincorporated Solano County on Wednesday posted bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 2.
Alex Perez Jr., 23, is suspected of striking Fairfield resident Moses Sala, 28, as he drove his 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pickup south on Peabody Road north of Chuck Hammond Drive, California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parker said. Sala was walking south on the road.
Fairfield police informed the CHP at 8:52 a.m. that they were at the scene of a fatal collision involving a pedestrian, Parker said.
Sala's body was found just off the west edge of Peabody Road.
Investigators believe the collision happened several hours before the body was discovered, Parker said.
Debris collected at the scene led the CHP to a Vacaville address where the Chevrolet was found and Perez was interviewed, Parker said.
Perez was then arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run and booked into the Solano County jail.
San Mateo Co.: 77-Year-Old Woman With Alzheimer's Missing After Walking Away From Assisted Living Facility
San Mateo Sheriff's Office deputies are searching for a missing 76-year-old woman with Alzheimer's this morning.
Reva Leham was reported missing after she walked away from an assisted living home at 777 Bayview Drive in unincorporated San Carlos around 1 a.m. today, emergency officials said.
The Bayview Villa is listed at that address.
Leham is a white woman with white hair who stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weights 128 pounds, officials said.
She was last seen wearing a black jacket and black pants.
Leham can become paranoid, officials said.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call 911.
Antioch: Temporary Lane Changes Scheduled As Crews Install Equipment On Toll Plaza
Motorists may face short delays during off-peak traffic hours at the Antioch Bridge toll plaza during the next 10 days as crews install a new toll collection and accounting system.
Starting this evening, one of three lanes at the bridge's toll plaza will be closed at most times while workers install the updated system.
The installation work is set to continue through Dec. 17, outside of weekday peak commuting hours from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to Caltrans and Bay Area Toll Authority officials.
The new toll system is designed to improve the toll plaza's accounting system.
"It gives us more reliability on toll collection and accounting," said Bay Area Toll Authority spokesman John Goodwin.
He described the current system as "ancient by technology
However, the only change drivers are likely to notice will be small - instead of seeing "ETC approved" on toll plaza signs, a display will now read "FasTrak approved," Goodwin said.
The new toll collection equipment was installed at the Benicia-Martinez Bridge toll plaza in August, and is set to be in place on the Carquinez, Richmond-San Rafael, Bay, San Mateo-Hayward and Dumbarton bridge toll plazas next year.
California Public Health Director Warns Against Wild Mushroom Consumption
With wild mushroom growth prompted by seasonal rains, the California Department of Public Health has issued a warning this week to discourage consumers from precariously collecting and eating wild mushrooms.
According to the California Poison Control System, of the 1,602 cases of mushroom ingestion reported in California from January 2011 through November 2012, five people died, 18 people suffered major health issues, and 30 people were admitted to intensive care units.
Among the most harmful mushrooms is the Amanita ocreata, also known as the "destroying angel" or "death angel," which causes liver damage and can lead to serious illness or death, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Symptoms from eating poisonous mushrooms can include abdominal pain, cramping, vomiting, diarrhea, and liver damage, according to the health department.
Anyone who develops symptoms after eating wild mushrooms should seek medical attention immediately and contact the California Poison Control System at (800) 222-1222.
Individuals planning to forage for wild mushrooms are encouraged to seek out educational resources provided by local mycological societies and can find more information at the North American Mycological Association's website, www.namyco.org.
SF: Man In Lower Haight Injured After Another Man Hits Him With Hard Object
A man was arrested in San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood Thursday afternoon after he struck another man in the head with either a brick or rock, police said.
A 47-year-old man told police he was standing in the 300 block of Waller Street around 4:35 p.m. when a 33-year-old man approached him and hit him on the head, police said.
The suspect then ran away but was found by police nearby and taken into custody.
The victim had a cut on his head and was taken to the hospital for his injuries that are not considered life threatening, police said.
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