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BART Ridership Hits New Record High Due To Weekend Events

BART ridership hit a new record high on Saturday and was expected to spike again Sunday, the transit agency announced.

A total of 319,484 people rode BART on Saturday, well above the previous record of 287,586, according to spokesman Jim Allison. 

The old record was set on Sept. 1, 2007 when the Bay Bridge was closed and there were three major sporting events taking place, Allison said.

This weekend's high ridership may have been driven by the concurrence of events including Fleet Week, The America's Cup and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, among many others.

BART prepared for the busy day by adding trains and train cars at expected peak travel times, Allison said.

By way of comparison, the average Saturday in 2012 has had ridership of around 202,000, Allison noted.

Parking at BART stations is free on weekends.

Hercules Family Seeks Public's Help In Finding Murder Victim's Stolen Car, Plans Vigil

Family members of a Hercules woman found murdered in her home Friday night have established a web site seeking help from the public in locating her killers and mourning the mother and grandmother they loved.

The web site,, urges members of the public to contact police immediately if they spot the sky blue 2011 Subaru Outback that belonged to Susie Ko. Several possible sightings have been reported, in locations including Bakersfield and Davis Creek, Calif., according to the site.

Ko, 55, was found unconscious in her home on Ash Court around 10:45 p.m. Friday night, and declared dead at the scene, according to police.

Neighbors, who made the call to police, found her after her husband called them from Oakland International Airport. Ko was supposed to pick him up from the airport, but never arrived, police said.

Ko's vehicle, which has an Idaho license plate of 1A1F680, remains missing.

On the web site, family members say that Ko and her husband were supposed to arrive in London Sunday to visit their daughter and only grandchild. The principal of Hilltop Chinese School and an elementary school teacher at St. Patrick's School Rodeo, Ko is survived by her husband and four children.

A candlelight vigil is planned for tonight at 8:30 p.m. on Ash Court, according to the web site.

Occupy Oakland Marchers Vandalize Businesses, Banks On March

Occupy Oakland protestors vandalized some businesses and financial institutions Sunday evening in a march down Franklin Street, according to Oakland police.

The march began around 7 p.m., and had already dispersed by around 8:30 p.m., according to Officer Cynthia Espinoza.

Espinoza said police were on scene during the march, but it was unclear whether they ordered the dispersal. She did not know of any arrests.

Man Seriously Injured In North Beach Fight Early This Morning

A 23-year-old man was seriously injured in an apparent fight in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood Sunday morning.

Officers responded to a report of a fight in the 400 block of Broadway just after 2 a.m., San Francisco police Officer Gordon Shyy said.

Arriving police found one man who had been punched in the face and hit his head on the pavement when he fell to the ground.

The victim was taken to a hospital with injuries that were potentially life threatening, Shyy said.

The suspect was described as a man in his 20s who fled the area in a white vehicle.

No arrests were made.

Rohnert Park Police Taser Man Who Allegedly Assaulted Officers With Knife

Rohnert Park police say they had to Taser a man three times on Saturday before he dropped a knife and ceased an alleged attack on officers.

Police responded to a home in the 7500 block of Adrian Drive at about 5:30 p.m. after receiving calls from the family of a man who was acting erratically and possibly under the influence of drugs, according to Rohnert Park police.

The suspect, later identified as 24-year-old Anthony Rodriguez, had apparently locked his mother in a bathroom on Friday, police said.

When officers confronted Rodriguez in the kitchen of the home, he began throwing furniture, police said.

During a violent struggle, police said Rodriguez took out a knife and armed himself.

Two officers Tasered Rodriguez a total of three times before he dropped a knife and was taken into custody, police said.

He received treatment for minor injuries and was subsequently booked into Sonoma County jail for assaulting officers with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest with a threat of violence and resisting arrest.

Two Cats Perish, A Dozen More Rescued From Daly City House Fire

Two cats died and a dozen more were rescued from a fire at a home in Daly City Sunday afternoon, according to the North County Fire Authority.

Firefighters responded to reports of a structure fire at a two-story home at 315 Irvington St. at about 12:20 p.m., spokesman Matt Lucett said.

Two residents at home were able to safely evacuate, and the fire was quickly extinguished, Lucett said.

Firefighters helped rescue one dog and 14 cats, two of which died from apparent smoke inhalation.

The Peninsula Humane Society responded to assist with housing the displaced animals.

No firefighters were injured.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Richman Man Arrested For Allegedly Robbing Pleasant Hill KFC At Gunpoint

A Richmond man was arrested Friday night after allegedly robbing a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Pleasant Hill at gunpoint, police said.

Around 8:45 p.m. Friday, a man entered the KFC restaurant at 635 Contra Costa Blvd. and confronted workers with a handgun, demanding cash, police said.

A worker handed the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash and the man fled the scene on foot.

Police said officers arrived in the area and spotted the suspect near the intersection of Contra Costa Boulevard and Golf Club Road.

The suspect started running but officers quickly detained him at gunpoint, according to police.

Officers found a loaded gun and the cash stolen from KFC on the suspect, who was identified as 29-year-old Eugene Markell Drake of Richmond, police said.

Drake was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery and taken to county jail.

Police Search For Suspects In Fatal Soma Shooting

Police in San Francisco are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another injured in the city's South of Market neighborhood early Sunday morning.

Officers were flagged down in 700 block of Mission Street near Fourth Street at about 2:40 a.m., San Francisco police Officer Gordon Shyy said.

Two men in their 20s had been shot in their vehicle, Shyy said. 

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The second victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries that were not expected to be life threatening.

No one was arrested and no suspect information was immediately available, Shyy said.

One Person Killed In Crash On Highway 680 In Pleasanton

All lanes have reopened on Interstate Highway 680 in Pleasanton Sunday morning after an earlier crash killed one person, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported at about 7:45 a.m. on northbound Highway 680 near the Sunol Boulevard off-ramp, CHP Officer James Evans said.

A single vehicle veered off the roadway and crashed into a ditch, Evans said.

One of the occupants of the vehicle was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

No other vehicles were believed to have been involved, Evans said. 

One lane was blocked for nearly three hours while the scene was cleared.

The crash remains under investigation by the CHP.

One Person Shot In Fruitvale Saturday Evening

One person was injured in a shooting in Oakland's Fruitvale District Saturday evening, a police officer said.

The shooting was reported around 6 p.m. near the intersection of 35th and Brookdale avenues, Officer J. Moore said.

The victim, who suffered a gunshot wound, was taken to an area hospital in stable condition, Moore said.

No suspect information was available.

Small Group Of Occupy Protestors Continues To Occupy Space In Front Of San Jose City Hall

A small group of Occupy protesters were allowed to complete a 24-hour protest in front of San Jose City Hall, according to protesters at the scene.

As of 1 a.m. Sunday, about ten protesters remained at the scene of this weekend's Occupy San Jose protest on the sidewalk in front of City Hall after police officers told them they could remain there, protest organizer James Lee said.

"The police have been really friendly and it seems like they recognize we're kind of in this fight together because they've been under attack by city government," Lee said.

A San Jose police spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Occupy event was billed as a peaceful protest lasting from noon Saturday to noon Sunday, organizers said. A similar event was staged in Redwood City on Sept. 28.

Late Saturday night, police appeared to be in the process of clearing the protest and were taking down some of the signs put up by the protestors, according to organizers.

But after discussion among protestors and officers, police decided to leave the scene and said they did not plan to return overnight, Lee said.

Lee said the group is sitting on the sidewalk in camping chairs amongst cardboard boxes decorated with slogans.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Report

Partly cloudy skies are expected in the Bay Area today. Highs are likely to be in the mid 60s to lower 70s.

Partly cloudy skies are likely this evening, becoming mostly cloudy later. Lows are expected to be in the lower 50s.

Mostly cloudy skies are expected Tuesday, with a slight chance of showers. Highs are likely to be in the mid 60s to lower 70s.

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