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Three Injured In Crash This Morning

Three people were seriously injured in crash near an Antioch
elementary school this morning, including a school crossing guard, a Contra
Costa County fire official said.

Antioch police and Contra Costa firefighters responded to a report
of a crash at School Street and Delta Fair Boulevard, outside Turner
Elementary School, at about 8:05 a.m., a fire dispatcher said.

It appears the three people injured were on foot, Contra Costa
County Fire Protection District Capt. Robert Marshall said.

"One of the crossing guards out there was one of the people
injured," he said.

Two of the victims were critically wounded and were airlifted to
John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Marshall said.

The third victim was taken by ambulance to another hospital.

School was in session at the time of the crash, said Nancy
Billeci, senior executive assistant in the Antioch Unified School District
superintendent's office.

Billeci said the three people injured are not students or faculty
at the school.

Classes are continuing today, according to the district.

Evacuations Pending As Authorities Prepare To Detonate Hazardous Material

Authorities are warning Calistoga residents that there will be a
loud explosion at the Napa County Fairgrounds today as they detonate a crate
of decades-old ether that they say is volatile and dangerous.

A wooden crate containing 96 quarter-pound canisters of ether was
discovered during a hazardous materials collection event at the fairgrounds
on Monday, authorities said.

The crate was marked that it was packaged in March 1957, and
sheriff's officials said it was originally part of a stash of disaster
supplies for a 200-bed hospital, and had been stored at the fairgrounds for

The ether was considered highly explosive, so rather than trying
to transport it elsewhere, plans were made to render it safe by creating a
counter-charge, according to the sheriff's office.

"The only way to get rid of it is to detonate it," sheriff's Capt.Tracey Stuart said.

UC Berkeley Officer Shoots Himself In The Leg While Dressing For Duty

A University of California at Berkeley police officer is being
treated at a hospital this morning after accidentally shooting himself in the
leg while dressing for duty, a UC Berkeley police lieutenant said.

The veteran officer of about 20 years was getting dressed at about
8 a.m. when his weapon discharged and the bullet struck him in the leg, Lt.
Eric Tejada said.

A few other officers were in the dressing room at the time but no
one else was injured, Tejada said.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was transported to
Highland Hospital in Oakland, Tejada said. His injury is not considered

Tejada said there will be a full investigation, but that at this
time it looks like there may have been a problem with either the officer's
holster or his gun.

He said that typically when a weapon is discharged, the officer is
placed on administrative leave for four days. But because the officer is at
the hospital and unable to work, he has not yet been placed on leave, he

Double Homicide In West Oakland

Two men were fatally shot in a vehicle in West Oakland Monday
night, according to police.

The shooting was reported at 9:55 p.m. in the 1000 block of
Filbert Street, police said.

Police said the car traveled another block after the victims were
shot and came to rest at 12th and Filbert streets.

Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Investigators Still Looking Into Series Of Suspicious Fires

Investigators believe a fire that burned in West San Jose on
Monday evening may be part of a string of suspicious fires that have occurred
in that area over the past two weeks, a fire captain said today.

Monday's one-alarm fire burned outside 834 Delna Manor Lane, a
residential street near South Bascom Avenue and Downing Avenue, fire Capt.
Mary Gutierrez said.

At least eight similar fires have burned in the neighborhood since
Sept. 26, and investigators believe they may be related, Gutierrez said.

"The majority seem to be happening after dark," Gutierrez said.

She said the fires have burned in back or side alleys of large,
multi-tenant residential buildings, some near Dumpsters, brush or trees.

So far, Gutierrez said, none of the fires have spread to the
buildings, but fire investigators are still concerned.

"We are taking this seriously because there is a high potential
for property loss and loss of life," Gutierrez said.

No suspects have been identified yet, she said.

Anyone with information about the fires is asked to call the San
Jose Fire Department's arson tip hotline at (408) 272-7766.

Pedestrian Killed On Highway 87 Identified

A man who was killed after walking onto southbound state Highway
87 in San Jose on Friday has been identified by the Santa Clara County
medical examiner's office as 22-year-old Alejandro Sandoval.

Sandoval, a San Jose resident, entered Highway 87 around 8:15 p.m.
Friday, threw his skateboard at a passing vehicle, then ran into oncoming
traffic, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Sandoval was struck by at least one car and died at the scene.

The driver of a black SUV that initially hit Sandoval was then
involved in a three-car crash. The SUV was gone by the time authorities
arrived, and CHP Officer DJ Sarabia said investigators are looking for the

According to Sarabia, although the pedestrian was at fault for the
collision, the driver is now suspected of felony hit-and-run for leaving the

Police Search For A Man Who Attempted To Abduct An 11-Yr Old Boy

Police are trying to identify a man who attempted to abduct an
11-year-old boy in Santa Cruz on Monday afternoon.

The boy told police that a middle-aged man in a truck yelled for
him to get into the vehicle in the 800 block of Walnut Avenue at about 4:10
p.m. Monday, police said.

The boy did not get into the truck, and left the area, police said.

The suspect was described as a scruffy-looking white man in his
40s with a mustache. He is said to have been driving a gray truck similar to
a 2000-model Toyota Tundra, police said.

Detectives are working with the victim to develop a sketch, police

Santa Cruz police encourage anyone who sees a similar suspect or
vehicle to call the department at (831) 420-5857 or call 911

Woman Cut With Glass During Fight, In Serious Condition

A woman was critically injured in a fight with three other women
in San Francisco's Western Addition neighborhood on Friday night, police said

The altercation occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of
Eddy Street.

During the fight, one of the suspects picked up a shard of glass
and cut the 23-year-old victim with it several times while the other two
suspects pepper sprayed her, according to police.

The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for numerous
lacerations to her back -- injuries that are considered life-threatening,
police said.

The suspects all fled and had not been found as of this morning.
Anyone with information about the attack is encouraged to call the Police
Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text
message to TIP411.

Man Attacked With Stun Gun During Home Invasion Robbery

A man was shocked with a stun gun during a home invasion robbery
in San Francisco's Mission District early Sunday morning, police said today.

The robbery was reported around 2:35 a.m. in the 2300 block of
Folsom Street.

The 47-year-old victim was approached outside his house by three
suspects who threatened to kill him if he did not let them inside, according
to police.

Once inside, the trio let in two other accomplices and the group
demanded money from the victim. After the victim handed over cash, one
suspect shocked him with a stun gun, police said.

The suspects also took the victim's TV and laptop before fleeing.

The group, described as three men and two women between 25 and 30 years old,
had not been found as of this morning, according to police.

The victim was not injured in the robbery, police said.

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.

Early Voting Starts Today

San Francisco residents eager to cast their ballots for the
November election can take part in early voting starting today at City Hall.

Voters can go to the Department of Elections on the ground floor
of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays to fill out a ballot.

The department is also setting up weekend voting from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. on the two weekends prior to the Nov. 6 election, which includes the
presidential race as well as other federal, state and local contests.

City election officials have also started sending out more than
200,000 vote-by-mail ballots and recently finished mailing voter information
pamphlets to registered voters.

People wishing to vote by mail must send a request to the
Department of Elections by Oct. 30.

More information about early voting or vote-by-mail ballots can be
found on the department's website at or by
calling (415) 554-4375.

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