Monday Morning News Roundup
Man Suspected Of Burglarizing Home While Doing Maintenance Work Arrested
A 35-year-old Santa Rosa man was arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a Petaluma home last month, police said Sunday.
Paul Yenktesh was identified as the suspect in a burglary at Country Club Estates that occurred on Sept. 25, according to police.
The victim in the burglary told police he had maintenance work done at his home that day and later learned his iPad was missing, police said.
On Sept. 27, the victim reported to police of the theft likely committed by the person who was doing maintenance work at his home two days before.
Investigators looked into the worker, later identified as Yenktesh, and contacted him at a motel on Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa, police said.
Officers found Yenktesh at the motel and found the iPad in a room there, according to police.
The iPad was returned to the victim, police said.
Yenktesh was arrested and booked into Sonoma County Jail, according to police.
2 Men Suspected Of Assaulting 2 Other Men Before 49ers Game At Levi’s Stadium
Two men suspected of assaulting two other men before the start of the San Francisco 49ers game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Sunday afternoon were arrested, a police lieutenant said.
The assaults happened prior to the game’s kick off at 1:25 p.m. in a bathroom in the 300 level on the north side of the stadium, Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke said.
The two victims were transported to a hospital for treatment but Clarke did not disclose the extent of their injuries on Sunday night.
The two suspects were quickly arrested minutes after the alleged assaults and booked into county jail, Clarke said.
The suspects’ identities were not released on Sunday night, he said.
Investigators are looking into what led to the assaults, Clarke said.
Car Of Missing Belmont Man Found In Rural Shasta County
The car of an elderly Belmont man missing for more than a month was found on Thursday, a Belmont police captain said Friday.
Paul Merrill, 87, was last seen on Sept. 4 at a gas station in McCloud, a Siskiyou County city in the Mt. Shasta area where he had gone on a trip, Belmont police Capt. Patrick Halleran said.
A family member reported Merrill missing after the Belmont man had checked out of a McCloud hotel and hadn’t heard from him since, police said.
The California Highway Patrol issued a Silver Alert for Merrill. He is described as a white man standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing around 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing a green jacket, a brown plaid shirt, khaki pants, tan boat shoes, and possibly a blue sailor’s hat, CHP officials said.
Law enforcement agencies searched through Siskiyou County based on two reported sightings of the Belmont man and his car days after he had gone missing, Halleran said.
On Sept. 9, Siskiyou County sheriff’s deputies received a tip of Merrill’s car seen in Redding, a city in Shasta County, and shifted search efforts in that area, the captain said.
Merrill’s car, a silver 1957 Mercedes SL190 convertible, was found on Thursday off a dirt road on a rancher’s 500-acre property in rural Shasta County outside of the community of Burney, according to Halleran.
The Mercedes appeared to have been at the property for some time and found Merrill’s car keys, wallet and his other belongings inside, Halleran said.
Belmont police are continuing the search for Merrill in cooperation with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office in the area where Merrill’s car was found, according to Halleran.
The current search area is described as heavily wooded, has steep terrain and rough, unimproved roads, Halleran said.
Anyone with information on Merrill’s whereabouts is asked to call the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 245-6025.
Pedestrian Suffered Life-Threatening Injuries In Collision With Car
A pedestrian suffered injuries considered life-threatening in a collision with a car in San Francisco’s Mission District on Sunday evening, a police spokesman said.
The collision occurred at Duboce Avenue and Valencia Street around 7:30 p.m., police Officer Gordon Shyy said.
The pedestrian was transported to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment, Shyy said.
The driver of the vehicle stopped on Market Street, according to Shyy.
No further details were immediately available.
Power Restored To More Than 10,000 Customers In Oakland, Orinda
PG&E crews have restored service to more than 10,000 customers impacted by a power outage in Oakland and Orinda on Sunday evening, a utility spokesman said.
The outage was reported at 5:58 p.m. and initially impacted about 10,800 customers, PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said.
Service was restored to all customers shortly before 7:30 p.m., Guidi said.
The cause of the outage remains under investigation.
Injured Eagle Found Last Week Recovering From Wound In Air Sac
A 9-pound golden eagle found injured in Morgan Hill one week ago is in an intensive care unit at an animal facility, a wildlife center announced Sunday.
Morgan Hill-based nonprofit organization Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center was notified of a downed eagle found in a field on the evening of Sept. 28 by officials from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Santa Clara County Department of Animal Care and Control who found the animal.
Volunteers from the center safely captured the eagle and took it to its facility, center officials said.
Last Monday, a doctor from Princevalle Pet Hospital in Gilroy examined the eagle and found it had a round, bloody wound in the lower neck and was heavily infested with feather lice, according to center officials.
Center officials said wound was first believed to be a gunshot wound but later determined the eagle may have been impaled on a metal pole or fence.
The wound resulted in a tear in the bird’s air sac, which center officials said is vital for flying.
The eagle, a female named Morgan, will stay in intensive care at WERC’s facility for at least two more weeks, center officials said.
Morgan will move to the center’s 100-foot long-flight enclosure to be conditioned before she is released to the wild, according to center officials.
Motorcyclist Suffers Severe Head And Leg Injuries In Crash
A motorcyclist is recovering from serious head and leg injuries following a crash near Candlestick Point on Sunday afternoon, according to San Francisco police.
Police Officer Gordon Shyy reports the rider was involved in a solo collision in front of the Candlestick Point gate around 12:45 p.m., and was ejected from his motorcycle.
Though his injuries are serious, Shyy said the motorcyclist is expected to survive.
20-Year-Old Man Suspected Of Fatally Stabbing Mother Arrested
A 20-year-old man suspected of stabbing his mother to death in Hayward on Saturday evening was arrested, police said.
Officers responded to a report of a stabbing at a residence in the 27000 block of La Porte Avenue around 6:50 p.m., police said.
Arriving officers went to the home and found a 57-year-old woman lying on the ground suffering from stab wounds, according to police.
She was not responsive and emergency crews pronounced her dead at the scene, police said.
The suspect, Joseph Badiali, had told a neighbor he stabbed his mother before officers arrived and stayed at the scene, according to police.
Badiali was cooperative with officers and was arrested onsuspicion of murder, according to jail records.
Detectives are continuing to determine the motive behind the fatal stabbing, police said.
Badiali was booked into Santa Rita Jail without bail and is scheduled in the Hayward Hall of Justice on Tuesday afternoon.
Chef Quits Over Alleged Animal Cruelty Incident
The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter is investigating claims that a pizza restaurant owner ordered an employee to kill a baby opossum on Saturday, according to Rebecca Dmytryk of Wildlife Emergency Service.
Dany Pena, 35, of Santa Cruz was formerly head chef at South Beach Pizza Company in Santa Cruz.
He says he came into work Saturday, and found two employees standing next to a garbage can with the baby opossum inside. The employees had been told to kill the animal by pouring bleach on it, according to Pena.
“I immediately freaked out,” Pena said. “It was a baby, and the sweetest looking guy on the planet.”
Pena said he tried to wash the animal off, but when it did not appear to help, he drove it to a nearby wild animal rescue center, where it died an hour later.
Pena also quit his job before driving the animal to the rescue center. “The lack of remorse they had about this act of cruelty led me to quit. None of God’s creatures should be treated in this manner,” Pena said.
South Beach Pizza Company representatives have not returned calls on Sunday requesting comment on this incident.
Deer Carcass Signals Mountain Lion Activity
Hillsborough police report that a mountain lion is most likely responsible for killing a deer whose body was discovered on a resident’s walkway Sunday morning.
The resident, who lives on Crystal Drive, believes the deer carcass was left on the walkway some time after midnight.
In light of this incident police are reminding people to take a number of precautions to protect themselves from mountain lions. These include:
- Do not approach mountain lions, especially if they are feeding or with offspring.
- Avoid hiking or jogging at dawn, dusk or at night when mountain lions are most active.
- Keep a close watch on small children.
- Do not run from an encounter. Instead, face the animal, make noise, try to look bigger by waving your arms and throw rocks or other objects.
Joint Efforts Result In Return Of Stolen Property
The combined efforts of Petaluma police, the news media and the public resulted in the return of stolen property on Friday.
According to the police department, a parcel was stolen from the front porch of a home in the 100 block of F Street on Aug. 28 of this year.
The victim handed police video of the incident, and police turned the video over to local media for broadcast. Several citizens then contacted police with information on a suspect.
Police followed these leads and questioned a suspect, who then gave officers the location of the stolen property.
The property was returned to its rightful owner on Friday, Oct. 3, police officials said.
This case has been referred to the Sonoma County District Attorney.
Details about the suspect’s identity are not being released until charges have been filed, police officials said.
Police Arrest Local Man After High-Speed Chase
A 40-year-old Vacaville man was booked into Solano County jail on Sunday after allegedly leading police on a drunken high-speed chase late Saturday night.
According to police, officers working in the downtown area heard the sounds of squealing tires around 11:40 p.m.
A search for the sounds resulted in officers finding a speeding vehicle, which they attempted to stop.
Police report that the driver headed at more than 80 mph onto Gibson Canyon Road and ran through a stop sign at Gibson Canyon and Fruitvale roads before abandoning the vehicle.
Police watched the suspect run from the abandoned vehicle into a home on Rustic Lane in an unincorporated area of the county.
Officers entered the home and arrested the suspect, who has been identified as Don Sheets.
Police report that sheets was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, and was found to be in possession of more than a pound of marijuana.
He was arrested for these alleged crimes, in addition to probation violation and driving in a reckless manner.
Police Release Details About Officer-Involved Shooting
San Leandro police have released additional details about the police pursuit and officer-involved shooting that happened early Sunday morning.
According to police Lt. Robert McManus, a veteran, uniformed patrol officer tried to stop a vehicle for reckless driving just outside the Trailer Haven mobile home park in the 13600 block of E. 14th Street.
When the driver failed to stop, a high-speed pursuit ensued for about two miles, into a residential neighborhood, McManus said.
The pursuit ended on Woodland Park, a cul-de-sac, near Woodland Avenue.
McManus said that at this point in the pursuit, the suspect turned his car around and rammed the front end of the police vehicle causing moderate damage.
The officer fired at the suspect driver in self-defense, but the driver was able to leave the scene, according to McManus.
Additional responding officers attempted to pursue the fleeing vehicle, but McManus said it was going too fast and the suspect was not captured.
The suspect remains at-large, and detectives are now investigating this incident.
It is not known whether the suspect was hit by the gunfire.
As per department policy, the involved officer has been placed on paid administrative leave for up to three days.
Anyone with information about this suspect, his vehicle or whereabouts is asked to call San Leandro police at (510) 577-2740. Anonymous tips can be left at (510) 577-3278.
Three Arrested In Burglary Case
Police on Thursday arrested three burglary suspects after a resident reported seeing them in the backyard of a Fremont home.
Fremont police responded at 11:41 a.m. to a residence in the area of Paseo Padre Parkway and Hancock Drive after a neighbor called to report two males jumping a fence into a backyard.
Police said responding officers located the suspects, but the suspects tried to flee the area on foot.
One of the suspects ran into a police dog and was bitten before he was taken into custody.
The other suspect was apprehended after a brief struggle with officers.
Police said officers then detained a third suspect seen walking away from a parked car in the area.
Police said several stolen items were found in the car.
The three suspects, two who were juveniles, were arrested on suspicion of residential burglary.
The identities of the suspects have not been released.
Nightclub Shooting Kills One, Injures Two Others
Oakland police report they are looking for suspects involved in an early-morning nightclub shooting on Sunday that killed one man and injured two others.
According to police Officer Reginald Brown, the shooting happened outside a nightclub near 14th and Franklin streets in the downtown area, around 1:30 a.m.
Brown said a fight broke out, followed by gunfire that injured the three men in their 30s.
One victim died at a nearby hospital, while the two others suffered non-fatal injuries, Brown said.
No one has been arrested in connection with this shooting, and police have not released any description of the parties involved.
Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact the department’s homicide section at (510) 238-3811.
Man Arrested In Connection With Stabbing Two People
The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office on Friday arrested a man in connection with a stabbing in Big Sur.
Deputies responded just after 9 p.m. to a report of two people being stabbed at Willow Creek in Big Sur.
Deputies said the victims were uncooperative but did provide a description of the suspect and the weapon used in the stabbing.
Deputies said they searched the area and located a man, later identified as Scott Andrew Alsip, 28, who matched the victims’ description of the suspect and was in possession of a knife that appeared to have blood on it.
Deputies said Alsip admitted to stabbing the two victims but said it was in self-defense.
He was arrested in connection with the stabbing.
The victims were airlifted to area trauma centers.
Fire Injures Three, Destroys Mobile Homes And Business
Deputies on Sunday morning helped evacuate several people from a fire that injured three people and damaged several mobile homes and a business in King City.
Deputies with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office responded at 12:28 a.m. Sunday to 935 Broadway Street in reference to a mobile home that was on fire.
A responding deputy started evacuating nearby mobile homes, located a disoriented man in one of the homes and broke a sliding glass door to help the man out of the home, according to the sheriff’s office.
The deputy suffered lacerations to his right hand and forearm and minor smoke inhalation. He was transported to a hospital for treatment and was later released.
Deputies helped evacuate 30 mobile homes near the initial fire.
Deputies said four mobile homes and an auto dealership sustained significant damage in the fire.
One resident was airlifted to the hospital with third-degree burns to his upper body. Another was transported to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.
Weather Forecast For The San Francisco Bay Area
Partly cloudy skies are likely in the Bay Area this morning, with areas of dense fog. Highs are expected to be in the mid-60s to upper 70s with westerly winds of up to 15 mph.
Partly cloudy skies are likely in the Bay Area this evening, with patchy fog after midnight. Lows are expected to be in the upper 50s, with southwesterly winds of up to 20 mph.
Mostly cloudy skies are likely Tuesday morning. Highs are expected to be in the 60s to the 70s with southwesterly winds of up to 20 mph.