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San Jose Mayor's Office Ups Reward To $20,000 For Info On Crime Spree Suspect

The reward has been increased for information leading to the arrest of a second suspect in a Friday crime spree that resulted in the murder of a San Jose man and the shooting of a police officer, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed announced today.

Reed joined leaders from the City Council and Police Department this morning to announce that his office will add $10,000 to the $10,000 already offered up by the San Jose Police Officers Association on Sunday.

One suspect, San Jose resident Jonathan Wilbanks, 26, is already in custody, but police are looking for his accomplice in the two-hour crime spree that escalated into what Assistant police Chief Rikki Goede called a "carjacking gone bad."

Police today released a sketch of the suspect and Goede said investigators are asking the public for information about him. Although Wilbanks is in custody, Goede said he has not given police any big leads on his accomplice so far.

"He's given us the indications that he wants to give us, let's put it that way," Goede said, later adding that police have no idea who or where the other suspect is.

"He could be anywhere," she said.

Police said Wilbanks and his accomplice committed four robberies on Friday, starting with a Little Caesars Pizza in the 2800 block of Story Road at 7:25 p.m.

They then allegedly robbed a gas station in the 1000 block of E.

Capitol Expressway at 7:40 p.m., a Jack on the Box in the 600 block of Curtner Avenue at 8:43 p.m., and a spa in the 1400 block of Bird Avenue at 8:58 p.m.

Minutes later, the suspects allegedly shot San Jose resident Rory Parkpettiford, 22, while carjacking him in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven store in the 400 block of South Kiely Boulevard. ParkPettiford died at the scene.

The crime spree escalated further when the pair ran into police around 9:13 p.m. near U.S. Highway 101 and Interstate Highway 280, where officers had seen the vehicle.

The vehicle fled and police pursued until the vehicle stopped at a red light at Tully Road and Lanai Avenue and the suspects got out and allegedly opened fire on the officers.

Officer Bruce Barthelemy and another officer, whose identity has not been released, returned fire and hit Wilbanks.

The second officer was injured during the exchange, suffering two gunshot wounds.

The suspects then got back into their car and drove away, with police chasing them.

The suspects allegedly continued to fire at police as they drove.

At some point, the passenger jumped out of the car and fled on foot while Wilbanks continued to flee in the vehicle.

Wilbanks' vehicle then crashed on Cunningham Avenue on the west side of Reid-Hillview Airport where he fled on foot, eventually entering a house through the back door. The residents told police where he was and officers surrounded the house and arrested him.

Goede said today that Wilbanks did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he was arrested.

Wilbanks was treated for two gunshot wounds that were not life-threatening and was arrested on suspicion of murder, two counts of attempted murder, four counts of robbery, burglary and auto theft.

The injured officer has since been treated for his gunshot wounds and was released.

Though Reed and police have often been at odds over fiscal issues and pension plans for officers, today they agreed that the second suspect needs to be found.

"We need to get him off the street as soon as possible," Reed said, calling the suspect "a danger to the community and a danger to police officers."

He said, "We know that people know these suspects ... We're probably talking about people that might not necessarily be willing to help us, $20,000 will get their attention."

Police say the second suspect is described as a Hispanic or black man between 20 and 25 years old who weighs about 180 to 200 pounds.

He is 5 foot 10 inches to 6 feet tall and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and white tennis shoes at the time of the crime.

Anyone with information about the alleged crimes or the identity and whereabouts of the second suspect should contact San Jose police Detective Sgt. Craig Storlie at (408) 277-5283. Anonymous tips can be made by calling (408) 947-7867 or go to www.tipsubmit.com.

United Flight at SFO Halted Briefly Over Suspicious Checked Baggage

Outgoing flights by United Airlines at San Francisco International Airport were briefly halted this morning after authorities found a checked bag believed to be suspicious, a Transportation Security Administration spokesman said.

The luggage triggered an alarm and required an inspection by TSA and United representatives at about 8:30 a.m., said TSA spokesman Nico Melendez.

United flights were briefly grounded but were released for takeoff at about 8:50 a.m., according to airport spokesman Doug Yakel.

Authorities are not yet saying what was in the baggage and the incident remains under investigation, Melendez said.

49ers Hosting Their First Monday Night Football Game Since Power Outages Last December

The San Francisco 49ers tonight are hosting their first Monday Night Football game at Candlestick Park since embarrassing power outages last December delayed the nationally televised game.

Today's 5:30 p.m. game matches up the 49ers with the Chicago Bears, two of the top teams in the National Football Conference.

Team and city officials are hoping tonight's game goes more smoothly than the 49ers' Monday Night Football game last season on Dec. 19, 2011, when the stadium went dark twice before and during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in what Mayor Ed Lee called a "national embarrassment."

PG&E admitted fault for the first outage, which occurred shortly before game time and was caused when a splice, which connects two overhead wires, failed and the power line fell to the ground on Ingerson Avenue near the stadium.

The city admitted fault for the second outage, which happened during the second quarter of the game and was caused by a malfunctioning switch on the backup power inside the stadium.

Crews made repairs and the 49ers have hosted night games since then that have gone off without a hitch, including last season's NFC Championship game in January and two Sunday Night Football games this season.

The 49ers have a 6-2-1 record on the season while their opponents from Chicago have a 7-2 record.

Both teams will be without their starting quarterbacks, Alex Smith and Jay Cutler, who each suffered concussions last week. However, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who was briefly hospitalized last Thursday with an irregular heartbeat, is expected to be on the sidelines for the game.

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN as well as locally on CBS5.

Fans attending today's game will receive red rally towels and will receive coupons for two free Jack in the Box tacos if the 49ers win.

The 49ers are also joining with Second Harvest Food Bank to hold a holiday food and fund drive. Fans can drop off non-perishable food items at all gates throughout the stadium.

Fire At Guerneville Resort Sends 4 To Hospital, Downs Power Lines

Four people were hospitalized and power lines knocked down after a two-alarm fire broke out early this morning at a Russian River resort, a Sonoma County Fire dispatcher said.

Firefighters were called around 3:45 a.m. to reports of a blaze at the Guerneville Lodge at 15905 River Road, according to the dispatcher.

When crews arrived, multiple occupants were still inside the building. Four occupants were transported to an area hospital, and the American Red Cross was called to assist others at the scene. The extent of the injuries was not immediately known.

No firefighters were reported injured in the blaze, which was knocked down around 4:30 a.m., according to the dispatcher.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and crews remained on the scene as of 6:30 a.m.

The blaze also sent two power lines across both lanes of traffic on River Road, which has been closed from Bonita Avenue to state Highway 116, according to the CHP.

A fire dispatcher said that PG&E crews have been called to the scene to repair the power lines.

Man Fatally Shot Early Saturday In East Oakland Identified

A man who was fatally shot in East Oakland early Saturday was identified by police today as 27-year-old Ian Smart, who lived near Coronado in Southern California.

Oakland police said Smart was found with several gunshot wounds at about 1 a.m. Saturday in the 3100 block of Pleitner Avenue, which is located near School Street and only a few blocks from Interstate Highway 580.

Smart was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have not released any information about suspects or a motive for the shooting as of this morning.

Man Critically Injured In Excelsior District Shooting Sunday

A man was critically injured when he was shot in the head in San Francisco's Excelsior District early Sunday morning, police said today.

Officers responded at 3:33 a.m. Sunday to a report of shots fired at Mission Street and Silver Avenue, where they found the 24-year-old victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his head, according to police.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are considered life-threatening, police said.

No arrests had been made and no suspect information was available in connection with the shooting as of this morning.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

Chevron, Air Quality Officials To Discuss Richmond Refinery Repairs

Chevron officials were slated today to address the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's board of directors about the progress of repairs to the crude oil unit at the company's Richmond refinery that was damaged during a major fire in August.

At its 9:45 a.m. meeting in San Francisco, air quality management district officials planned to discuss their visits to the refinery and hear from Chevron representatives about reconstruction plans for the crude oil unit that was torched on Aug. 6. Richmond city officials were also expected to attend the meeting.

The fire caused a vapor plume that spread for miles and prompted 15,000 people to go to hospitals to complain about breathing problems.

In a letter dated Nov. 7 to BAAQMD and Richmond officials, Chevron Richmond refinery General Manager Nigel Hearne wrote that the oil company continues to work with federal, state and local investigations into the root cause of the fire.

Hearne wrote that Chevron estimates only about 20 percent of the crude oil unit was damaged in the blaze.

Refinery management is working toward replacing pipeways, tanks, pumps and other structures destroyed in the fire, according to Hearne. 

Repairs will also be made to a cooling tower and a motor control center damaged in the blaze.

Before it can complete the repairs, Chevron will need to obtain building permits from the city of Richmond. That permitting process, which could begin this month, was also set to be discussed at today's meeting.

Man Arrested For Stabbing At Baptism Celebration In Redwood City

A man was stabbed and another was arrested at a party celebrating a baptism in Redwood City on Saturday night, police said today.

Officers responded at 10:21 p.m. Saturday to a report of a fight in progress involving several people at Highland Community Club, located at 1665 Fernside St.

They arrived and detained a suspect armed with a folding pocketknife as well as several other people involved in the altercation.

Police then learned that a stabbing victim had been taken to a hospital.

The victim, a 24-year-old man, was stabbed in his lower abdomen and left forearm. He is expected to survive, according to police.

Investigators believe the victim and the suspect with the knife, later identified as Yazmani Moreno Ramirez, 28, got into an argument on the club's dance floor shortly before the altercation and stabbing.

Ramirez apparently felt the victim had disrespected his wife, police Sgt. Sean Hart said.

Ramirez was booked into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, police said.

The other people detained following the altercation were later released, Hart said.

Vallejo Police Investigate Series Of Shootings Saturday Night

Three men were arrested on suspicion of illegal gun possession after a routine traffic stop in Vallejo on Sunday afternoon, a police lieutenant said.

Around 3:35 p.m. Sunday, an officer conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle in the 1600 block of Fairgrounds Drive, Lt. Kenny Park said.

The officer determined that the car's driver was a probationer who is subject to search and seizure. A search of the car turned up a loaded handgun and live ammunition, Park said.

All three men in the vehicle were arrested. They were identified as 30-year-old Vallejo man and convicted felon Dondi Davis, Steven Henderson, 45, and Carlos Addison, 55, both of Oakland.

Park said that while the arrests took place not far from the scenes of three separate shootings in Vallejo Saturday night, police have not determined any link between the suspects and any of the shootings.

"As far as we're concerned, we're treating them as separate incidents," he said.

Boy Steals Car Before Crashing and Fleeing In Concord

A 14-year-old boy was arrested Sunday evening after allegedly stealing and crashing a car in Concord, police said.

Police received a report around 6:50 p.m. Sunday of a car stolen from the parking lot of the Burger King restaurant at 3399 Port Chicago Highway, Lt. Tim Runyon said.

The car belonged to an employee of the Burger King, who got into a co-worker's car and followed the thief as he sped away from the restaurant.

The employee witnessed the thief crash her car. He and two other teen boys then exited the car and fled the area on foot, Runyon said.

Police caught up to the driver of the car after a brief foot chase. He was cited and released to the custody of a guardian.

Santa Rosa Suspect Arrested For Burglary, Vehicle Theft

A Santa Rosa man was arrested Friday on suspicion of burglarizing a used car dealership and stealing a van, a Sonoma County sheriff's sergeant said.

The owner of Avenida Auto Sales notified the sheriff's office at 8:35 a.m. Friday of the burglary and theft at the car lot at 3534 Santa Rosa Ave. in Santa Rosa, Sgt. Mike Raasch said.

The owner said a locked gate was damaged when it apparently was rammed by a vehicle, and that a 2003 Dodge Caravan was missing, Raasch said.

A surveillance camera recorded the burglary, which happened around 1:10 a.m., and sheriff's deputies found paperwork inside the business that identified the suspect, according to Raasch.

A Global Positioning System in the van led deputies to the 3200 block of River Road where Javid Kashani, 31, was sitting in the parked van, Raasch said.

Kashani was arrested on suspicion of burglary, vandalism, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and a violation of probation, he said.

Kashani has been convicted of misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and trying to remove a peace officer's weapon, Raasch said.

He is being held under no bail in the Sonoma County jail.

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