Monday Morning News Roundup
Livermore: Woman Who Stole Package From Front Porch Last Week At Large
Livermore police are looking for a woman who stole a package from the front porch of a home on Thursday.
The theft happened at a home in the southeast side of the city where the woman went up to the victim’s driveway, stole the package and left, police said.
The suspect is described as a white woman who is about 25 to 30 years old, standing about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing around 125 pounds with long blond hair.
She left in a vehicle described as a silver 2014 or 2015 Chevrolet Traverse with tinted windows and license plate number similar to 77FG_448.
Another person had been driving the vehicle but police did not know who it was due to the tinted windows.
The Livermore Police Department has released images and video footage of the theft on its YouTube page to the public for anyone who may recognize the woman or vehicle.
Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call Livermore police at (925) 371-4987.
2 Lanes Of Nb Hwy 880 Near Bascom Avenue Blocked By Injury Accident
Two lanes of Interstate Highway 880 near Bascom Avenue are blocked due to an injury accident Sunday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officers responded to a report of an accident on northbound Highway 880 due to an accident involving at least two cars around 10:10 p.m., CHP officials said.
A Sig-alert was issued at 10:32 p.m. and there is no estimated time of when lanes will reopen, according to the CHP.
Motorists are advised to expect delays in the area.
Firefighters Battled 2 Kitchen Fires At Apartment Buildings
Firefighters battled two separate kitchen fires in Alameda on Sunday within a three-hour period, a police captain said.
Firefighters responded to a report of a fire at an apartment building in the 2000 block of Santa Clara Avenue near Chestnut Street at 4:07 p.m., Alameda fire Capt. Jim Colburn said.
Residents were evacuating from the building as fire crews arrived.
The fire was contained to a unit in the top floor of the four-story building and knocked down by about 4:25 p.m., he said.
The involved unit sustained severe damage in the fire, which was caused by unattended food on a kitchen stove that spread to combustible items, according to Colburn.
An adjacent unit sustained minor damage because firefighters had broken into home’s walls to search for the fire, Colburn said.
Four units in the floors below sustained minor to moderate water damage, he said.
The American Red Cross was called to assist families displaced by the fire, according to Colburn.
At about 6:35 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire in the 400 block of Buena Vista Avenue.
Firefighters arrived to find a fire burning in the kitchen of a third floor unit at a three-story apartment building, he said.
All the building’s occupants evacuated by the time firefighters arrived.
The blaze was contained to the kitchen and knocked down about 15 minutes later, according to Colburn.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The fire resulted in heat and smoke damage throughout the involved unit, he said.
An apartment below the involved unit sustained minor water damage, Colburn said.
The Red Cross responded to assist six adults displaced by the blaze, according to Colburn.
No injuries were reported in both fires.
PG&E Working To Repair Outage That Initially Impacted More Than 3,000 Customers
PG&E crews are working to repair a power outage in San Jose that initially impacted more than 3,000 customers Sunday night, a utility spokesman said.
The power outage initially impacted 3,337 customers around 7:40 p.m., PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said.
The outage was impacting customers in an area including Carriage Cove Court and Locke Drive near Singleton Road, Guidi said.
As of 9:45 p.m., service was restored to all but 258 customers, who are estimated to have power back sometime between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. today, he said.
The cause of the outage is under investigation.
Person, Dog Rescued From Cliff Near Fort Funston
Firefighters responded to a cliff rescue near Fort Funston in San Francisco on Sunday night, a fire dispatcher said.
Firefighters were dispatched to a report of a cliff rescue around 7:55 p.m., the dispatcher said.
A person with a dog tried to rescue the animal that went over a cliff, according to the dispatcher.
The person then became stuck on the cliff with the dog, he said.
They were rescued around 8:45 p.m. and did not suffer any injuries, according to the dispatcher.
The U.S. Park police also assisted in the rescue.
Police Looking For Elderly Man Missing Since Thursday
Union City police are asking the public’s assistance in locating an 84-year-old man missing since Thursday morning.
Leland Prior left his townhome in the area of Partridge Way and Skylark Drive sometime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Thursday in an unknown direction, Union City police Detective Cpl. Bob Kensic said.
Prior is described as a white man who is about 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 150 pounds with white hair and blue eyes. He was last seen without facial hair.
He was last seen wearing a shirt, tie and hat, according to Kensic.
He does not have a cellphone or a wallet with him, Kensic said.
His family said Prior “was quite self sufficient for his age,” according to Kensic.
The California Highway Patrol issued a Silver Alert for Prior around 3 a.m. Sunday.
Anyone with information on Prior’s whereabouts is asked to call Union City police Detective Krista Fraga 510-675-5266.
Two Men Shot, Killed In Iron Triangle Saturday Evening Identified
Two men fatally shot in Richmond’s Iron Triangle on Saturday evening have been identified, a police spokeswoman said Sunday.
Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert activated at Fourth Street and Bissell Avenue around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.
Arriving officers found one of the men, identified as 23-year-old Richmond resident Dayton Dailey, injured from gunfire and he was pronounced dead at the scene, she said.
The other man, identified as 20-year-old Richmond resident Clarence Wallace, transported himself to Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later, Abetkov said.
Police believe Dailey and Wallace, who both suffered gunshot wounds to their upper torsos, were shot at the same location, Richmond police Lt. Andre Hill said.
The deaths are the city’s 11th and 12th homicides this year, according to Abetkov.
No arrests were made and no suspect information was immediately available.
Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call Richmond police at 510-233-1214. Anonymous tip can be left at (510) 232-TIPS (8477).
Bicyclist Suffered Life-Threatening Injuries In Collision With Car
A bicyclist suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision with a car in the Berkeley Hills on Sunday morning, police said.
The collision occurred at Spruce and Eunice streets around 8:15 a.m., Lt. Ed Spiller said.
A man driving a black Volkswagen hatchback east on Eunice Street collided with a bicyclist traveling south on Spruce Street, Spiller said.
The bicyclist, a man in his 60s from Berkeley, was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland where he is in critical condition, according to Spiller.
The motorist, who was the sole occupant of the car, stayed at the scene and was cooperative with investigators, Spiller said.
The cause of the collision is under investigation.
One Hospitalized For Smoke Inhalation After House Fire
A man was hospitalized after a one-alarm fire at a San Jose home Sunday afternoon, a police captain said.
Firefighters responded to a report of a fire in the 400 block of North Seventh Street shortly before 2 p.m., San Jose fire Capt. Peter Caponio said.
Crews arrived to find the fire burning in an upstairs bedroom above the garage in the single-family residence, he said.
The blaze was under control by about 2:30 p.m., according to Caponio.
A man suffering from serious smoke inhalation was transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center but Caponio did not have an update on his condition.
Caponio could not confirm if the man suffered burns in the fire.
No other injuries were reported.
There were three other residents at the home at the time of the fire and no one was displaced, he said.
The blaze did not threaten any other structures, Caponio said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Driver Killed In Crash On Hwy 1 Identified
A 19-year-old woman who died early Sunday morning in a crash on state Highway 1 near Half Moon Bay has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner’s office as Hayward resident Karina Benavides.
Benavides was driving a 1991 Honda Accord north on the highway, just south of Tunitas Creek Road around 5 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
According to the CHP, the woman allowed her vehicle to drift into the southbound lane of traffic, and then onto the dirt road shoulder.
The Honda then hit a traffic sign, rolled several times, and the impact of the crash ejected the driver who died at the scene, the CHP reports.
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash, and are not yet certain whether drugs or alcohol was a factor.
Infant Found Safe, Amber Alert Cancelled
The Hanford Police Department reports that an abducted infant has been safely recovered Sunday, and that the Amber Alert for the child has been cancelled.
Police issued the alert Saturday night around 10:45 p.m. after reports of 10-month-old Rudy Zamora Castro’s abduction, allegedly by his father, Rudy Zamora.
Police Sgt. Fred Trovato reports the child was located around 2 a.m. Sunday in Visalia.
Police have taken the father’s reported girlfriend, Vilma Garcia, 26 into custody. Trovato says the girl is suspected of driving Zamora and the child to Visalia.
Zamora is still outstanding, according to Trovato.
Police Report Flasher Downtown
The Oakland Police Department is advising the public to be aware of a flasher in the downtown area.
According to police officials, a man exposed himself to several women in the area of 19th and Alice streets on Aug. 30 and again on Sept. 14.
Police describe him as being between 20 and 25 years old, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, and 160 pounds. Officials also say he is African American with a medium to dark complexion who wears his hair in multiple braids.
Witnesses told police he was wearing a black sweatshirt with a white triangle design and blue jeans.
Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to contact the police department’s Youth and Family Service Division at (510) 238-3641.
Missing Girl, 16, Returns Home Safely
Santa Rosa police learned Sunday morning that a 16-year-old girl missing since Wednesday is now home safely.
Police report that Rebecca Weaver left her Santa Rosa home voluntarily on Sept. 17 around 8 p.m.
Her absence aroused concern amongst her friends and family members, partially because she has a condition that requires daily medication that she did not bring with her, police officials said.
Weaver was staying with a friend in Sonoma, and police report that she returned home on discovering that a search for her had been launched.
Checkpoint Nets Five Dui Arrests
Five people were arrested on suspicion of DUI Saturday night and into Sunday morning in Santa Rosa during a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint, police said.
The Santa Rosa Police Department conducted the checkpoint between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Piner Road near Range Avenue.
Police said 565 vehicles were screened during the checkpoint.
Paul David Protine, 38, Toni Lee Abraham, 52, Joshua Turner Watson, 35, Michelle Katrina Vargas, 35, and Nicholas Alexander Prado, 19, all of Santa Rosa, were arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Police said 12 drivers were cited or arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended or revoked license, and people received citations for miscellaneous vehicle code violations.
Beach Cleanup Volunteers Remove Massive Amounts Of Waste
Volunteers turned out by the thousands this weekend to help clean up the Bay Area’s beaches as part of the 30th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day.
More than 2,500 volunteers turned out in at beaches and inland waterways in Santa Cruz County on Saturday to help remove over 12,000 pounds of waste, according to ocean advocacy group Save Our Shores.
Another 1,300 volunteers turned up in Monterey County to remove 9,920 pounds of waste from waterways, the group reported.
With 75 percent of cleanup sites reporting, the California Coastal Commission reports that 54,124 volunteers participated in the event statewide, and cleaned up a total of more than 686,000 pounds of trash.
Some of the strangest items that volunteers discovered included a polar bear costume found in Ventura County, a Christmas tree with 15 antifreeze containers in Ben Lomond, and a 20 pound bag of old bread rolls in Monterey, authorities reported.
Save Our Shores is holding a photo contest open to participants in the cleanup event. Prizes will be awarded today for the strangest and largest items, respectively, and for the volunteer with the best Cleanup Day flair.
Photos can be emailed to [email protected] or posted on social media sites using the hashtag #SaveOurShores.
Fuel Spill Reported In San Francisco Bay
The United States Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are investigating a reported fuel spill that occurred Saturday in the San Francisco Bay near Pier 45 at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Coast Guard personnel in San Francisco received a report at 10:56 a.m. that an undetermined amount of fuel oil was discharged from the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, a World War II ship, officials said.
Crews were deployed Saturday to evaluate the spill and recover the discharged fuel.
Officials said it appears the spill occurred during an internal transfer onboard the vessel.
Officials said a 100-by-150-yard sheen was located in the area of the spill, and crews were working Saturday evening on putting 5,000 feet of boom around the vessel and other environmentally sensitive areas.
Officials said vacuum trucks and skimming vessels were at the scene Sunday as part of the cleanup effort.
The cause of the spill is under investigation.
Mountain Lion Spotted In La Honda
The San Mateo County officials report a mountain lion sighting took place Sunday morning in La Honda near the southern end of the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve.
Specifically, the animal was spotted around 8 a.m. in the 6000 block of La Honda Road, according to the county sheriff’s office.
Authorities are reminding people not to approach mountain lions – particularly ones that are feeding or with offspring.
Instead, it is recommended that people stand and face the animal, make noise, wave their arms, and throw rocks to get the animal to walk away.
Police Arrest Third Suspect In Aug. 2 Murder Case
San Jose police announced Sunday that they have arrested a third suspect in connection with an Aug. 2 homicide.
Investigators have determined that Lawrence Santrius, 34, was walking in the 5000 block of Monterey Road around 1:40 a.m. when three men confronted him.
One of the men shot and killed Santrius, then all three fled the scene, police officials said.
Two of the suspects in that Aug. 2 deadly shooting were arrested in August. Police report that San Jose resident Cesar Cacho, 23, was arrested on Aug. 6, and Jesus Rivera, 21, also of San Jose, was arrested Aug. 12.
A third suspect, Ivan Montalbo, 21, of San Jose, was arrested on Friday.
All three have been booked into Santa Clara County Jail.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has filed murder charges against Cacho and Rivera.
According to police, charges against Rivera will be filed next week.
Weather Forecast For The San Francisco Bay Area
Cloudy skies and patchy fog are likely in the Bay Area this morning. Highs are expected to be in the 60s to lower 70s with southwesterly winds of up to 20 mph.
Mostly cloudy skies and patchy fog are likely in the Bay Area this evening. Lows are expected to be in the mid 50s to lower 60s, with westerly winds of up to 20 mph.
Cloudy skies and patchy fog are likely Tuesday morning. Highs are expected to be in the 60s to mid-70s with southwesterly winds of up to 20 mph.