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14 Year Old Boy Hospitalized After being Hit by Car in Concord

A 14-year-old boy was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a car while crossing Solano Way in Concord Monday, according to police.

Contra Costa County firefighters responded to a call at 1:26 p.m. of a collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian at Solano Way at Grant Street.

They discovered that the boy, a Concord resident, had been walking across Solano Way in a crosswalk when a 2004 Scion traveling west struck him, police said.

The boy was transported to John Muir Medical Center and later transferred to Children's Hospital Oakland.

The intersection was closed for several hours while police investigated.

The driver is not believed to have been drunk or speeding, police said.

Fremont Robbery Suspects Arrested in Newark Motel

Two suspects in a Fremont bank robbery were arrested after holing up in a Newark motel room Monday afternoon, a Fremont police spokeswoman said.

Around 1:40 p.m. two men entered the Bank of the West at 39533 Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont, police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.

Both suspects had their faces partially covered with bandanas and simulated weapons underneath their clothing.

The pair fled in a maroon pickup truck with an undisclosed amount of cash, she said.

Newark police said they received a tip that a suspicious vehicle matching the truck's description had stopped in Newark.

Around 2:05 p.m. Newark police reported to Fremont investigators that the suspect vehicle had stopped at Mowry Avenue and Cedar Boulevard in Newark and two men were seen running from the truck, Bosques said.

Fremont police responded and determined the two men were in a room at the E-Z 8 Motel at 5555 Cedar Court in Newark, Bosques said.

Police surrounded the motel and attempted to contact the suspects. Around 3:30 p.m. one of the suspects, a man in his mid-30s, exited the room and was taken into custody, Bosques said.

She said he was uncooperative with police.

The second suspect remained barricaded in the room for several hours, and Newark and Union City police SWAT teams and hostage negotiators responded, according to Newark police.

After about five hours, negotiators talked the second suspect into surrendering peacefully, Newark police said.

The names of the two suspects have not been released.

Alligator and Marijuana Found in Fairfield Home Search

Vacaville police encountered a baby alligator when they searched the home of a Fairfield couple suspected of possessing marijuana for sale.

The married couple, Lori Riley, 34, and William Riley, 37, were seen conducting a transaction in Vacaville that police believed involved marijuana, but police did not have a warrant to search their car.

The couple drove away but the Vacaville Narcotics Enforcement team and Crime Suppression Team got a warrant and stopped the couple's car on a freeway in Modesto on Jan. 31, police said.

The Rileys had 50 pounds of processed marijuana with a street value of $250,000 and a handgun in their possession when they were arrested, Sgt. Rick Elm said.

The couple was taken back to their Fairfield home where a search was conducted, Elm said.

Officers found additional marijuana, seven firearms, including a .50-caliber bolt-action rifle, more than $29,000 in cash and a 3-foot long baby alligator, Elm said.

The alligator was turned over to Solano County Humane Services. Vacaville officers got warrants to search two Vallejo homes where they found indoor marijuana grows totaling 900 plants, Elm said.

The Rileys were booked into the Solano County jail on marijuana possession and transportation and weapons charges, Elm said.

Police wrapped up their investigation on Friday, City of Vacaville spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said.

Police Shoot Armed Gunman in Richmond

An armed man was taken to a hospital Monday evening after he was shot by Richmond police officers, a police lieutenant said.

Police responded to reports of a man with a gun and a ShotSpotter alert of gunfire shortly after 5 p.m. near the intersection of West Nevin Avenue and B Street, near the Richmond Parkway, Lt. Bisa French said.

Officers found the armed man and ended up firing at and wounding him.

He was taken to a hospital in critical condition with injuries that could be life threatening, French said.

French did not yet know whether the man had fired his gun at the officers.

San Francisco Couple Renews Vows to Campaign for Recruitment of Bone Marrow Donors

While visitors to San Francisco City Hall often see weddings taking place, one held there Monday had a special purpose and a special officiant.

Attorney General Kamala Harris oversaw the renewal of vows for Lateefah Simon and Kevin Weston as part of a campaign aimed to recruit people to join the registry of possible bone marrow donors.

Weston, 44, was diagnosed in August 2012 with an extremely rare form of leukemia and the couple -- who met in Harris' office when she was San Francisco's district attorney -- were initially married the next month while he was in intensive care at a hospital.

Prior to the renewal of their vows late Monday afternoon, organizers gathered about 85 new potential donors to the registry and are encouraging others, particularly people of color, to sign up as well.

"We've got to increase knowledge about this, we can actually save some lives," said Ayoka Turner, one of the organizers of the campaign.

"If you're a person of color, specifically black people, you simply don't have the opportunities to have a match like other races."

According to Be the Match, a group that helps gather potential bone marrow donors, only about 7 percent of the people on the national registry are black.

Weston is a longtime Bay Area journalist and a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University while Simon is a MacArthur Genius grant recipient for her civil rights work.

The couple has a 1-year-old daughter and Weston is stepfather to Simon's teenage daughter. Harris, who said she has known Simon for nearly 20 years, called them "an extraordinary couple" that have done great work in the community.

"But now the time has come for them to actually advocate not for everybody else but for themselves ... and the need for the marrow donorship base to be expanding because so many other people have the same problem," she said.

More information about the couple's story is available online at www.kevinandlateefah.com. People interested in joining the bone marrow registry can call (800) MARROW-2 or visit online at www.bethematch.org.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Promotes Community Benefit Districts

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other city officials Monday lauded community benefit districts after a recent report found they tend to be cleaner and safer than other similar neighborhoods in the city.

The report by the city's Office of Economic and Workforce Development looked at the community benefit districts, public-private partnerships in which property and business owners pay special assessments toward the improvement and maintenance of a neighborhood.

San Francisco's first CBD was created at Union Square in 1999 and has since expanded to 13 around the city, including at Fisherman's Wharf, Central Market, Civic Center, Ocean Avenue and in Noe Valley, the site of Monday's news conference.

The report found that CBDs had cleaner streets than similar ones in their supervisorial districts, and that the neighborhoods also experienced declining crime compared to citywide trends.

Lee said the community benefit districts were about "people rediscovering and reinvesting in their neighborhoods."

Supervisor Scott Wiener, whose district includes the Noe Valley CBD, said the neighborhood benefits from the public-private partnership.

"It makes all the difference in the world," Wiener said. "You have every day, 7 days a week, eyes and ears, people who are in the neighborhood cleaning it, helping to keep it safe, who notice something that may be going wrong before it gets to a breaking point."

Oakland Man Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charges

An Oakland man pleaded not guilty Monday to a murder charge for the shooting death of 19-year-old Kenneth Ray Jones in West Oakland last August.

Larry Williams, 47, is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on April 2 for a pretrial hearing.

Williams is accused of murdering Jones, who was shot to death near the corner of Eighth and Adeline streets at about 8:55 p.m. on Aug. 27.

Oakland police said Jones was standing on the street corner when he was shot. A second suspect in the case, Arthur White, appeared with Williams in court Monday but declined to enter a plea and is scheduled to return to court on March 18.

White, 35, who also is being held without bail, is charged with being an accessory in the case as well as carrying a concealed weapon and being an ex-felon with a gun.

Orinda College Student Found Dead Outside Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Dorms Sunday

A 20-year-old Orinda college sophomore student died after he was found unresponsive near the dorms at the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo early Sunday morning, according to school officials.

Brandon Huang, a second-year biology major at the university, was found lying in front of his campus residence hall at the Poly Canyon Village just after midnight apparently returning from somewhere off-campus, college president Jeffrey Armstrong wrote in a message to the school community Sunday.

University police personnel transported Huang to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo where he was pronounced dead.

According to school spokeswoman Ellen Cohune, police said there is no evidence of foul play and the death is under investigation.

Acalanes Union High School District associate superintendent Kevin French said Huang attended Miramonte High School, located at 750 Moraga Way in Orinda, and graduated in 2011.

He previously attended Orinda Intermediate School for middle school.

French said support staff will be available at the high school for students and teachers hearing about the former student's death.

According to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office, an autopsy will be performed later this week, but a cause of death will not be officially reported until toxicology results are returned in up to three weeks.

Cohune said details about memorial services will be posted on the dean's website at www.deanofstudents.calpoly.edu.

Hayward Drug Deal Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder

A Hayward man has been convicted of second-degree murder for fatally shooting another man in a dispute over a drug deal in August 2010.

An Alameda County Superior Court jury delivered its verdict against Aaron Chandra, 22, on Thursday in connection with the death of 28-year-old Osana Saga in the 5000 block of Cottage Park Drive in Hayward at 4:11 p.m. on Aug. 29, 2010.

Jurors also convicted Chandra of using a gun to kill Saga and of possession of marijuana for sale.

Chandra faces a state prison term of 40 years to life when he's sentenced by Judge Kevin Murphy on March 28.

Prosecutor Brian Owens said Chandra had sold about $800 worth of marijuana to Saga but Saga didn't think he got as much marijuana for that price as he should have so he confronted Chandra in his driveway and struck Chandra in his face.

Chandra then pulled out a loaded pistol and fired three shots at Saga, striking him once in his upper chest, Owens said.

Saga ran to the end of the block but then collapsed and died, he said.

The prosecutor said he didn't ask the jury to convict Chandra of first-degree murder but thinks second-degree murder is an appropriate outcome in the case, even though Saga struck Chandra before Chandra opened fire.

"You don't pull out a gun at a fistfight," Owens said. Chandra's lawyer, Todd Bequette, couldn't be reached for comment.

Owens said Bequette asked jurors to find Chandra not guilty because he thinks Chandra acted in self-defense.

Bay Area Weather Report for Tuesday February 12th

Sunny skies are likely in the Bay Area this morning. Highs are likely to be in the upper 50s, with light winds up to 10 mph. Mostly clear skies are likely this evening. Lows are expected to be in the mid 40s, with western winds around 5 mph. Sunny skies are likely Wednesday. Highs are expected to be around 60, with light winds.

 

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