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Fremont: Carjacking Suspects Crash Outside Union City Shopping Center

Carjacking suspects fleeing from police in a stolen Mercedes crashed in a Union City shopping center, injuring one person, before they were captured, police said Sunday.

The vehicle was taken around 12:45 p.m. in the Mission San Jose area of Fremont, and was last seen headed on Curtner Road toward Mission Boulevard.

The Mercedes was spotted on northbound Interstate Highway 880, and followed to the Lowes store at the Union Landing shopping center, police said.

The vehicle failed to stop and crashed into several parked cars in the shopping center, injuring one woman.

The driver and passenger both fled on foot, and police were able to capture the driver, an 18-year-old Oakland woman.

The second suspect, Cornelilus Smith, 18, was taken into custody a short time later.

Both were arrested on suspicion of felony car jacking, and the woman, whose identity has not yet been determined, was also charged with hit and run.

SF: Two-Alarm Fire at Tenderloin Apartment Building Under Control

Firefighters have extinguished a two-alarm fire that burned in an apartment building in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood Sunday morning.

The fire was brought under control at about 12:45 p.m. after burning for just under an hour at a multi-unit building at Golden Gate and Larkin streets, according to the San Francisco Fire Department.

The fire was first reported at about 11:55 a.m., a dispatcher said.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

The cause remains under investigation.

SF: Former President Jimmy Carter in San Francisco for Discussion on World Superpowers

Former President Jimmy Carter was in San Francisco Sunday for a Commonwealth Club conversation about the challenges facing the U.S. as a world superpower.

During his tenure as the 39th president of the U.S., President Carter helped broker peace between Israel and Egypt, established diplomatic relations with China and signed the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union to reduce the world's arsenal of nuclear weapons.

President Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

He will be speaking at 12:30 p.m. at the Herbst Theater in the War Memorial Building, located at 401 Van Ness Ave.

Napa Coroner Responding to Scene of Crash on Highway 121 Near Circle Oaks

The California Highway Patrol is at the scene of an injury crash in rural Napa County Sunday afternoon, an officer said.

The crash was reported at about 1:45 p.m. on state Highway 121 near Circle Oaks Drive in the tiny community of Circle Oaks, CHP Officer James Evans said.

Two occupants of a vehicle were reportedly trapped, Evans said, and the Napa County coroner's office is responding to the scene.

It was unclear if more than one vehicle was involved in the crash.

Further information was not immediately available.

Police Search for Missing Purple-Haired San Francisco Woman in San Bruno

The San Bruno and San Francisco police department are searching for a 36-year-old woman who hasn't been seen for over a week.

On Feb. 16th at about 4:25 p.m., the San Bruno Police Department was made aware of a missing person case being investigated by police in San Francisco.

Cecelia Zamora might have been seen in San Bruno since she was reported missing, police said.

Zamora is 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs around 125 pounds and has brown eyes and dyed purple hair.

Palo Alto: Police Release Sketch of Armed Suspect who Fought with Victim During Attempted Robbery Friday

Police in Palo Alto Sunday released a sketch of a suspect who tried to rob a man at gunpoint near a parking garage on Friday night.

Police said dispatchers got a call around 8:25 p.m. from a man reporting that an armed man had just tried to rob him near the Webster/Cowper Parking Garage at 520 Webster St.

Officers arrived on the scene within two minutes but were unable to find the suspect.

Police said the victim, a man in his 50s, had taken a pause during a walk along a pathway on the south side of the parking garage when the suspect approached him on a bicycle.

The suspect pulled out a gun and demanded cash from the man.

The victim grabbed the suspect's arm and tried to wrestle his gun away, and the two men fell to the ground and struggled over the weapon, according to police.

The suspect kept a firm grip on the weapon, and the victim gave up and ran away.

No one was injured and no property was stolen.

Detective are actively investigating the incident and attempting to determine whether there is a possible link to three other armed robberies reported in Palo Alto in recent weeks.

Each of those robberies involved people walking in or near Downtown Palo Alto.

Police are reminding people to stay aware of their surroundings while out for walks and to report any suspicious activity immediately to 911.

San Leandro: Police Need Public's Help to Stop Recent Wave of Residential Burglaries

Police in San Leandro are asking for the public's help to neutralize the rash of residential burglaries in the city.

On Friday, burglars attempted to break into a home and were scared off from an alarm that went off, police said.

The burglars in San Leandro have been getting into homes by knocking on doors to see if anyone is home, then, if no one answers, they go to the side or rear of the home to kick in doors, police said.

Most of the recent cases result in firearms that have been stolen, according to police.

As a way to protect the community from continuing burglaries, police have asked the public to help by getting to know your neighbors; form neighborhood watch groups; invest in an alarm system; reinforce door locks; secure side gates to prevent entry into a yard; and install sensor lighting around the home's perimeter.

More information about neighborhood watch programs can be found at

Santa Rosa: Arson Arrest Made After Vehicle Set Alight

A Santa Rosa man was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of arson after he was spotted running from a burning car, according to police.

Eston Meir Macmath, 22, was spotted around 2:20 a.m. running east on 12th Street away from Monroe Street by an officer on patrol in the area, according to Sgt. John Cregan.

The officer noticed there was vehicle parked at the intersection that was engulfed in flames, and pursued the fleeing suspect, catching him after he attempted to hide in a recessed entryway to a nearby backyard, Cregan said.

A search of MacMath revealed tools apparently used in arson.

The flames on the vehicle shot around 8 to 10 feet into the air and partially burned a tree on the sidewalk, coming close to a nearby residence, Cregan said.

The residents of the home were evacuated as a precaution.

The vehicle, a 1986 Plymouth Reliant, was parked and unoccupied at the time and had been deliberately set on fire, Cregan said.

It was a complete loss due to fire damage. MacMath was arrested on suspicion of arson.

Weather Forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area

Sunny skies are likely in the Bay Area this morning.

Highs are likely to be in the upper 50s, with westerly winds up to 15 mph.

Mostly clear skies are expected this evening.

Lows are likely to be in the mid 40s, with northwest winds up to 10 mph.

Sunny skies are likely Tuesday.

Highs are expected to be in the upper 50s, with light winds.


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