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Fremont: Police: Son Who Shot Father Was Attacked with Bat Covered in Nails

A 27-year-old man who shot and killed his father in a Fremont home last week has not been charged after he said his father was attacking him and his younger brother with a bat, a Fremont police spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The son, whose name has not been released, shot his 48-year-old father, identified as David Weatherton, in the chest at the brothers' home in the 39500 block of Pardee Court on Jan. 10.

The shooting occurred after David Weatherton came over to the house around 5 p.m. that evening while the brothers were at home with two other people, Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.

Weatherton walked outside to the backyard and started yelling at the 25-year-old son, who was confused about what his dad was yelling.

The son headed out to the backyard, where the father was sitting with a baseball bat that had nails in it, Bosques said.

The son tried to talk his father down, but the father apparently came after him and hit him with the bat, Bosques said.

The 27-year-old then got involved when he saw his father attacking his younger brother and told him to stop.

David Weatherton's attention was then diverted to the 27-year-old and he went after him with the bat, which was when the older son shot him in the chest once, Bosques said.

Police were called to the shooting and the 27-year-old left the house with a friend before authorities arrived.

The younger brother remained at the house, Bosques said.

David Weatherton was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 27-year-old son then arrived at the police station two hours later at 7:20 p.m. with the handgun used in the shooting.

He was cooperative with investigators and after police talked with the Alameda County District Attorney's Office determined it was a justifiable homicide.

The son was not arrested nor charged in the death, Bosques said.

Oakland: Alleged Gang Member to Stand Trial for Restaurant Shooting

A reputed Oakland gang member was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on two counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder for a shooting at a restaurant near Jack London Square in April 2011 that left two people dead and five people wounded.

At the end of a two-day preliminary hearing, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Gloria Rhynes said prosecutors produced sufficient evidence to prove that Lamar Lorice Fox, 23, was one of the two main perpetrators in a shooting at Sweet Jimmie's at 311 Broadway at 12:42 a.m. on April 25, 2011, that claimed the lives of William Jenkins, 27, of Oakland and 22-year-old Adam Williams of San Leandro.

Both were fathers of young children and Williams was an after-school teacher's aide at Peralta Elementary in Oakland. Five other people were wounded in the shooting, four of them seriously, but survived.

Prosecutor Ben Beltramo said the shooting was actually carried out by Clem Thompkins, 24, a reputed colleague of Fox in the Lower Bottoms gang, but Fox played a major role in the incident because he furnished the assault rifle that Thompkins used and was with him when the shooting occurred.

Beltramo said that when Fox admitted his involvement to Oakland police several months after the shooting "he aptly described the crime when he said it was a massacre."

The victims in the case were "completely innocent people" who wound up in the middle of a confrontation between the Lower Bottoms Gang and the rival Acorn gang, Beltramo said.

Rhynes ordered Fox to stand trial on two counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder as well as for acting to benefit a criminal street gang, using a firearm to cause deaths and great bodily injuries.

She also ordered Fox to stand trial on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, as prosecutors allege he has two prior felony convictions, one for second-degree robbery on Jan. 15, 2008, and one for selling controlled substances on Feb. 4, 2009.

In addition, Fox faces the special circumstance allegation of committing multiple murders.

At the end of a separate preliminary hearing last March 14, another judge ordered Thompkins to stand trial on similar charges.

Thompkins and Fox could have faced the death penalty but the Alameda County District Attorney's Office has already decided not to seek the death penalty for Thompkins and is unlikely to seek it for Fox because it doesn't believe he was the shooter in the incident.

Fox and Thompkins are scheduled to appear together in court on Jan. 29, when a decision could be made on whether they will stand trial together or separately.

Livermore: Suspect in Connection to Fatal Shooting Arrested in Oregon

Livermore police announced Wednesday that 24-year-old Jacob Kober has been arrested in Oregon in connection with the fatal shooting of a Livermore man last month.

Livermore Police Department's Investigations Bureau identified Kober in connection with the death of 28-year-old Livermore resident Kenneth Robert Ogden.

On the morning of Dec. 29, a man who resides on Galaxy Court in Livermore, located nearby the Springtown Golf Course and bicycle paths, saw a male subject lying in the grass near his residence, according to a police investigation.

The resident saw a female jogger crouching near the male subject.

The jogger screamed to the resident that the male subject was unresponsive and to call 911.

The resident immediately contacted police. Livermore officers and emergency responders arrived to find the subject deceased, with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

Livermore police announced Wednesday that a suspect in connection with the crime had been arrested in Springfield, Ore., where he had apparently fled following the fatal shooting.

The Lane County Sheriff's Department in Oregon took the suspect into custody.

He remains in custody while he awaits extradition to California, police said.

Menlo Park: Two Apprehended Following Attempted Jewelry Heist in Unincorporated Menlo Park

Sheriff's deputies took two suspects into custody after an attempted armed robbery of a jewelry store in unincorporated Menlo Park Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies received a call at 12:27 p.m. alerting them of an armed robbery at the Plaza Jewelers at 3303 Middlefield Road in unincorporated Menlo Park, according to sheriff's office spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenblatt.

Witnesses say four dark-skinned males in a white sedan used a handgun in an attempt to rob the store, Rosenblatt said.

Deputies arrived within 30 seconds of the call and followed the suspect vehicle until it crashed into an uninvolved civilian's vehicle at Marsh and Bay roads at 12:32 p.m.

The suspects fled on foot forcing officers to lock down the area and conduct a yard-to-yard search, at one point using the California Highway Patrol's plane.

Two suspects were apprehended and the handgun allegedly used in the attempted robbery was recovered.

Two suspects remain at large.

No schools were locked down and the area around Marsh and Bay roads was cleared just after 4 p.m. The investigation is ongoing.

Oakland: School District Admin Building Damaged in Flooding Not Expected to Reopen Until Spring

Employees who work at the flood-damaged Oakland Unified School District administration building are projected to not be able to return to the space until later this spring, a district spokesman said.

The building at 1025 Second Ave., near Lake Merritt, was discovered severely damaged on Jan. 8 when a faucet was left on overnight in a fourth-floor janitor's closet, soaking all four floors, spokesman Troy Flint said.

About 1,440 gallons of water spilled into the building during the course of about eight hours, leaving some ceilings and floors nearing collapse.

The extent of the damage to the building, first constructed in 1919, is being assessed, however initial building inspections are expected to take up to 10 weeks, Flint said.

Follow-up building rehabilitation will take additional time, keeping administrators out of the building through the end of the school year, he said.

Staff has been relocated to various school district locations, with certain departments temporarily housed at schools.

A full list of department temporary locations is available at 

Contra Costa Co.: FBI Raids El Sobrante Real Estate Office

The Federal Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant at a business in El Sobrante Wednesday, an FBI spokeswoman confirmed.

FBI spokeswoman Julie Sohn said federal agents served the warrant in the 4900 block of Appian Way, but said she could not disclose further details about the operation since the search warrants are sealed.

According to a neighbor, cars and people poring over documents filled the parking lot of Pinnacle Realtors' office Wednesday afternoon, located at 4990 Appian Way.

The neighbor said he knew little about the company, which moved into the building about two years ago.

The building previously housed a deli, he said. According to Pinnacle Realtors' website, the business is owned by Juan Mancheno of Orinda, who specializes in FHA financing for first-time buyers and other real estate services.

Mancheno declined to comment Wednesday.

Oakland: Museum Releases Photos of Gold-Rush Era Box Stolen From Museum Last Week

More than a week after a Gold Rush-era jewel box was stolen from the Oakland Museum of California, the museum has released a photo of the relic.

The historic box was taken during a break-in at the museum early on the morning on Jan. 7, along with another less valuable item from the California history exhibit, police and museum officials said.

Museum director Lori Fogarty said the box was a wedding anniversary gift for the wife of a California pioneer who had come out West in the late 1800s.

The gold-and-quartz box that has engraved scenes depicting early California life, including herds of buffalo, Native Americans and railroads, was made between 1869 and 1878 by A. Andrews, a San Francisco goldsmith, and is signed.

The 7-by-9-inch box weighs about 3 pounds and had last been appraised about 30 years ago.

It's unclear how much the box is worth, however museum officials said it has high historical value.

The box has been part of the museum's collection since the 1960s, according to Fogarty.

The theft is the second break-in at the museum in the past few months.

Oakland police are investigating whether the Jan. 7 burglary is connected to an overnight burglary at the museum that was discovered the morning of Nov. 13.

In that case, several items, including gold nuggets, were taken from display cases.

The burglar was caught on surveillance video, and was described by police as a black male with a medium complexion who is 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall.

At the time of the burglary, he was wearing a white mask, a dark hat, dark jacket and dark shoes.

Police believe the suspect committed or is connected to both robberies.

SJ: Driver in Suspected Stolen Car Crashes Into Police Car, House

Police arrested a driver on Tuesday who rammed a suspected stolen car into a police cruiser and then crashed into a house near East Capitol Expressway in San Jose, police said.

Patrol officials found the suspect, who was not identified, inside an allegedly stolen vehicle at Nerdy Avenue and Cas Drive at about 2:35 p.m., police said.

When officers approached, the driver tried to drive away and hit a marked police car.

The suspect's car then went out of control and struck a nearby house, police said.

The suspect briefly tried to resist officers before he was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, felony reckless driving and auto theft charges, police said.

One officer was treated at the scene for minor injuries, police said.

SF Bay Area Thursday Morning Weather Forecast

Sunny skies are expected in the Bay Area this morning. Highs are likely to be in the upper 50s, with northeast winds up to 15 mph.

Mostly clear skies are likely this evening. Lows are expected to be in the lower 40s, with northeast winds up to 15 mph.

Sunny skies are expected Friday. Highs are likely to be in the upper 50s, with northeast winds up to 15 mph.

Bay Area beaches have issued warnings for unsafe conditions that will be in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.

High surf warnings in the Bay Area are in effect from 10 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday.


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