San Francisco Bay Area Friday Midday News Roundup
Bevy Of Boaters On Bay Advised To Watch For Marine Mammals This Weekend
The busy Bay Area weekend is expected to spread to the region's waterways and officials are warning boaters to be mindful of marine mammals in the San Francisco Bay.
With San Francisco's Fleet Week and America's Cup World Series races taking place in the Bay on Saturday and Sunday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is warning boaters, paddlers, parasailors and all other people on the water to avoid whales, porpoises, dolphins, sea lions and seals.
The weekend will be packed with Fleet Week and other boating and air activities including Saturday morning's Parade of Ships, air shows, ship tours along the southern waterfront and the America's Cup races near San Francisco's Aquatic Park on Saturday and Sunday.
The Giants playoff baseball games also will be held at AT&T Park on Saturday and Sunday evenings, which usually draws crowds in kayaks and other boats to McCovey Cove next to the ballpark.
With the flurry of activity, federal boating regulations will be strictly enforced.
NOAA has requested that all vessel operators be on alert for marine mammals in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, especially whales. Humpback whales have been sighted off of the San Francisco coast and shorelines in the past two weeks.
NOAA advises boaters to look for the whale's blow and to avoid the area if they see the puff of what looks like smoke shooting about 10 feet high. Boaters should also not get between a whale cow and her calf.
The U.S. Coast Guard said with the anticipated crowded waterways, they will be issuing broadcasts letting boat operators know about congestion or any incidents.
Coast Guard officials said parts of the Bay will be restricted to the public for Fleet Week and the America's Cup.
Many Coast Guard boats will be monitoring the water enforcing safety, officials said.
Teen Killed, Another Injured While Allegedly Trying To Rob Business in Salinas
An alleged robber was killed and another was critically injured when they were shot by a Good Samaritan after trying to hold up a business in Salinas on Thursday evening, police said today.
The armed robbery occurred around 6:45 p.m. at a business in the 1500 block of North Sanborn Road.
The two suspects demanded money at gunpoint from the business owner and several patrons who were also inside, according to police.
The Good Samaritan, who was outside the business but was associated with one of the victims, witnessed the robbery and got a gun out of his vehicle to try to stop the robbery, police said.
Fearing for his safety when he entered the business, the Good Samaritan shot both suspects, who fled and were later taken to a hospital for treatment, according to police.
One of the suspects, a 17-year-old boy, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. His name is not yet being released.
The second suspect, also a 17-year-old boy, was listed in very critical condition this morning, police said.
The Good Samaritan fled briefly out of fear but eventually returned to speak with police. Following extensive interviews with him and the victims, as well as review of video surveillance footage at the business, police do not plan to seek charges in connection with the shooting.
Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Police Department's investigations division at (831) 758-7226 or Detective Fors at (831) 758-7124.
People wishing to remain anonymous can call a tip line at (831) 775-4222, the We-Tip line at (800) 78-CRIME or can send a text message to 847411 with "SPD831" in the message.
Fatal Crash On I-880 In Milpitas Causes Car To Burst Into Flames
A fatal crash has closed a lane of Interstate Highway 880 and a state Highway 237 off-ramp in Milpitas after a car crashed and burst into flames, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Around 10:50 a.m., a gold Toyota Corolla was traveling south on Highway 880 at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control and crashed into the right side shoulder just south of Highway 237. The car then burst into flames, CHP Officer DJ Sarabia said.
The driver was killed in the crash and has not yet been identified, but the car is registered to a resident of Milpitas, Sarabia said.
Sarabia said he expects the right lane of I-880 to be closed until shortly after noon.
The car fire has been put out and fire crews are no longer at the scene.
Albany Police Chief Defends Probe Of Teacher Who Committed Suicide
Albany's police chief is defending the way his department handled its investigation into a teacher who was arrested on suspicion of molestation but committed suicide before he was charged with a crime.
In a statement he issued on Thursday, Police Chief Mike McQuiston said, "James Izumizaki's arrest and subsequent suicide understandably upset many in our small community. It's clear that people are hurt and confused by this tragic turn of events."
Izumizaki, 28, a sixth-grade teacher at Albany Middle School, was arrested at his Albany home on Sept. 26 on suspicion of performing lewd acts with a child under the age of 14. He posted bail the following day and was released.
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office was reviewing the case and his arraignment tentatively was set for Oct. 24, but he hadn't been charged as of Monday morning when he was found dead in his car on Via Alamitos in San Leandro.
A makeshift memorial for Izumizaki was set up at Albany Middle School after his death and some students and parents criticized Albany police for the way they investigated the case.
But McQuiston said in his statement that a judge approved a probable cause warrant enabling police to search Izumizaki's home, which provided evidence in the case.
He said, "This step provided judicial scrutiny of the evidence.
This independent, third-party review by a magistrate uninvolved with the investigation is a safeguard against police abuse of the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment."
McQuiston's statement also indicates that there were multiple victims, although it doesn't specify how many.
He said, "The reported victims in this matter are minors" and he wants to thank "those victims and witnesses who have shown great courage and character by coming forward."
McQuiston said the Albany police investigation "continues today and will continue until all known leads are exhausted" despite Izumaki's death.
He also said police will share with the school district any information they share during their investigation if it "might help our school district colleagues better protect their students."
McQuiston said he released the statement "because I believe in transparent and responsive policing."
Vallejo Police Identify Victims Of Double Homicide Wednesday Evening
Vallejo police have identified the two men who were killed allegedly by their neighbor during an argument about politics Wednesday evening as Douglas Kahley, 50, and Michael Scally, 58.
Police arrested Martin Hohenegger, 65, for the city's 12th and 13th homicides of the year. Hohenegger is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. today in Solano County Superior Court.
Vallejo police Lt. Sid De Jesus said the fatal shootings happened in the driveway of Scally's home in the 300 block of Foulkstone Way.
"There was an argument between neighbors over politics," De Jesus said.
Police responded around 6:10 p.m. to calls about shots fired and two people down in the yard of a residence. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Investigators learned the shooting suspect was in a nearby residence. A hostage negotiator made contact with Hohenegger, who surrendered to police about 45 minutes later, Sgt. Jeff Bassett said.
Hohenegger is a former Marine who served between 1966 and 1968. Neighbor Lina Hilario said she and her husband heard what sounded like firecrackers around 5:45 p.m. and soon saw a helicopter hovering overhead.
She said Hohenegger is known as a polite man who would deliver packages to her if they were sent to his address.
She said Hohenegger was always seen outside talking to neighbors.
"I was shocked. This is a quiet area," Hilario said.
Sonoma Man Identified As Victim Of Fatal Motorcycle Crash
The Sonoma County coroner's office this morning identified the motorcycle rider who was killed in a three-vehicle crash Thursday evening as 43-year-old Sonoma resident Heath Kingsley Hunter.
A passenger on Hunter's 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle, Angelica Saragosa, 34, of Sonoma, suffered major injuries in the crash and was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, then transferred to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. She was in critical condition this morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Hunter was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hunter and Saragosa were riding south on Arnold Drive just south of Avenida Sebastiani in unincorporated Sonoma County near Sonoma around 8 p.m. when they approached a 1999 Dodge at an unknown speed, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The motorcycle collided with the rear of the Dodge and slid underneath a northbound 2003 Nissan, CHP officials said.
Saragosa was ejected from the rear of the motorcycle, struck the hood and windshield of the Nissan and landed 40 feet away in a dirt and grass drainage ditch on the east edge of Arnold Drive, according to the CHP.
The driver of the Dodge, a 47-year-old Sonoma man, suffered minor injuries while the driver of the Nissan, a 43-year-old Kenwood woman, was not injured.
Brisbane Man Arrested For Illegal Possession Of 145 Pounds Of Explosives
A Brisbane man accused of stashing 145 pounds of explosives and a gallon-sized bag of marijuana in his apartment pleaded not guilty to all charges Thursday, according to prosecutors.
William Myles Harrell, 46, was arrested Monday after Brisbane police were called on reports of a domestic disturbance at the apartment at 132 Cliff Swallow Court that he shared with his girlfriend.
During the investigation, Harrell's girlfriend showed police a closet where he allegedly kept 145 pounds of dynamite, $37,000 in cash and a gallon-sized bag of marijuana, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors said the woman's children, ages 11 and 20, also lived in the home at the time, and that the amount of explosives were enough to destroy the neighborhood.
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office bomb squad and San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force responded to the residence and seized both the explosives and marijuana.
Subsequent searches in San Francisco and unincorporated San Mateo County led to additional seizures of marijuana.
Harrell faces felony charges of possession of explosives and possession of marijuana for sale. He remains in custody with bail set at $500,000, but the court has granted a prosecution motion requiring Harrell to show a legitimate source for any money he tenders for bail.
Harrell will return to court on Oct. 18 for the preliminary hearing.
New CSU Chancellor Has Strong Ties To The Bay Area
California State University officials named a man with strong Bay Area ties as the new chancellor Thursday.
Timothy White will replace current CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, who announced in late May that he planned to retire after a 14-year tenure.
White, 63, has spent the past four years as chancellor of University of California at Riverside.
Born in Argentina, White and his family moved to Calgary before settling in the Bay Area when he was 9 years old, he said in a teleconference Thursday.
White attended elementary, intermediate and high schools in Pleasant Hill, he said. His first job was delivering newspapers for the Contra Costa Times, and he "never broke a window."
The chancellor then went to Diablo Valley College before getting his undergraduate degree at California State University, Fresno.
White was on the swim and water polo teams while at Fresno State and wanted to become a coach for those sports.
He said in order to coach at a high school level, he needed a master's degree, so he then returned to the Bay Area where he got it at Cal State University Hayward, now Cal State East Bay.
White then wanted to coach those sports at the collegiate level and needed to get a doctorate degree, which he earned at University of California at Berkeley.
White has had stints working at Oregon State, University of Idaho, University of Michigan and UC Berkeley before becoming chancellor at UC Riverside.
"This is a very important job and I'm pleased and proud that the board has selected somebody who understands the California state schools' mission," Chancellor Reed said of White's hire.
White was the unanimous decision by the CSU Board of Trustees to be Reed's heir apparent.
University of California President Mark Yudof issued a statement Thursday morning on the selection, calling White "an excellent choice to lead the California State University system."
Yudof said he will appoint an interim chancellor for UC Riverside in the near future.
"While he will be missed, it is no small consolation knowing that, with Chancellor White at the helm of the CSU, the University of California will continue to have a well-placed partner and ally in the fight to preserve public higher education in California," Yudof said.
As chancellor at UC Riverside, White was leading a campus of 21,000 students. As the CSU chancellor, he'll be overseeing more than 420,000 students.
White will take over as CSU chancellor in late December. He will earn an annual salary equal to Reed, at $421,500 with the CSU standard benefits package, as well as a $30,000 supplement from CSU Foundation sources.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said he believes White is qualified to help the state schooling system get back onto a better path.
"His dedication towards pushing public universities forward is equal only to his passion for fostering unique opportunities and innovative ideas at a time when public higher education has become, more often than not, a discussion about funding," Newsom said in a statement.
"I have no doubt that he will lead a renewal of CSU," Newsom added.
White, a self-proclaimed optimist, believes he can do the job.
"We have our work cut out, but I am enormously optimistic," he said.
Bicyclist Struck By Vehicle In Downtown Santa Rosa Thursday
A bicyclist was injured after being struck by a vehicle in downtown Santa Rosa Thursday afternoon, according to police.
Police responded to the traffic collision at the intersection of Cypress Way and Hoen Avenue, near Montgomery High School at 4:18 p.m.
Emergency medical personnel determined the bicyclist, a man in his 50s, had sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.
The bicyclist, who was wearing a helmet when the collision occurred, was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries, police said.
Based on a preliminary investigation, police said the vehicle entered the intersection against a red traffic signal and struck the bicyclist.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call Santa Rosa police Officer Steve Dineen at (707) 543-3636.
Man Exposes Himself To 12-Year-Old Girl Walking Home From School In San Carlos
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl walking home from school Thursday afternoon in San Carlos.
The student was walking home from Central Middle School on Arroyo Avenue near Cedar Street at about 3:28 p.m. when a dark colored four-door sedan slowed down in the roadway near to her, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
The driver proceeded to expose himself to the young girl, sheriff's deputies said.
The student immediately turned around and walked the opposite direction, returning to her school, where she reported the incident to school officials.
The student said the vehicle had a young child, approximately 6 years of age, sitting in a car seat in the right rear seat of the vehicle.
She said the vehicle drove westbound on Arroyo Avenue toward Cordilleras Avenue.
School officials immediately notified the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, sheriff's deputies said.
Patrol units from both the San Mateo County Sheriff's San Carlos Bureau and from the South County responded.
A San Mateo County alert went out to San Carlos residents and a radio broadcast was transmitted to San Mateo County police agencies.
The driver was described as a Hispanic male between the ages of 20 and 30 years of age. The victim described the man as chubby. The suspect was wearing a black short-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and had a buzz-cut hairstyle, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to cal the San Msteo County Sheriff's Office at (650) 802-4277.
San Mateo County Residents Asked To Be On Alert After Series Of Mailbox Thefts
Several mailboxes in unincorporated San Mateo County near Redwood City were forced open and their contents stolen between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, according to county emergency officials.
The series of thefts occurred between 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday from mailboxes located at Skyline Boulevard and Bear Gulch Road West, emergency officials said.
The boxes were forced open with pry tools and locks were cut with bolt cutters to get to delivered mail, according to officials.
Emergency officials said an inspector from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has been assigned to investigate the rash of thefts and will be working with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
Anyone with information about the mail thefts is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents are asked to report any suspicious vehicles or people breaking into mailboxes and to share a full description of suspects to San Mateo County sheriff's dispatch at (650) 363-4911.
Mail theft is often associated with check, credit card and identify theft. Stealing U.S. mail is a federal offense punishable by a lengthy term in federal prison, according to officials.
St. Mary's College In Moraga Gets Ready For 'Gaelebration'
Saint Mary's College of California is gearing up for Saturday when the school will celebrate its sesquicentennial year and a long history that has taken it from San Francisco to Oakland to Moraga.
The school anticipates that approximately 5,000 people will descend upon the Moraga campus Saturday for the school's 150th anniversary "Gaelebration," where Saint Mary's will highlight its accomplishments over that time and showcase what it has to offer in the future.
The event will include open houses for the different undergraduate and graduate programs, discussions on various topics, student presentations and various musical performances.
The discussions include talks about social justice, education, current affairs and even the Rolling Stones.
Saturday's event is part of a series of events throughout the 2012-13 school year to celebrate the occasion, calling this year "The Year of the Gael."
The Gael, a speaker of the Irish, Scottish Gaelic or Manx language, has been the school's sports teams' nickname since 1926 when a writer in the now-defunct San Francisco Call-Bulletin called the Saint Mary's football team "The Galloping Gaels" in one of his articles.
The school's 14 NCAA Division I teams will also be highlighted and people will have the chance to take pictures with the 2011-12 men's basketball, men's soccer and men's golf West Coast Conference championship trophies.
Attendees will also have the chance to participate in a three-point shooting contest while being partnered with one of the members of the men's or women's basketball team.
There will also be games and activities for children, including a dunk tank, bungee basketball, bounce houses and a seven-story Ferris wheel.
The event is free and open to the public and will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will be on the main Saint Mary's campus at 1928 Saint Mary's Road in Moraga.
Campus tours will also be offered throughout the day.
Archbishop Joseph Alemany founded the college in conjunction with the Christian Brothers in 1863. Alemany was also instrumental in the opening of the University of San Francisco.
The Christian Brothers is a sect of the Catholic Church completely dedicated to education.
The school was originally located in San Francisco between the Excelsior and Bernal Heights neighborhoods until 1889 when it moved across the Bay to Oakland and a building that came to be known as "The Brickpile" at 30th Avenue and Broadway.
The college then made its final move in 1928 to Moraga.
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