News from around the Bay for Monday, March 2

Reports from Bay City News cover 9-county region

The following reports were issued early Monday by Bay City News, the region's news service that serves the Pleasanton Weekly.

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A person who allegedly shot at an officer early Sunday morning in Hayward was driving a car that might be connected with another shooting on Saturday night, police said.

Shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday, an officer pulled over a car in the area near Winton Avenue and Soto Road, Hayward police Sgt. Tasha DeCosta said.

The suspect stepped out of the car and shot at the officer, DeCosta said.

The officer returned fire and was not injured in the incident, according to police.

The suspect was driving a car that might be connected with a shooting that happened around 10 p.m. Saturday, DeCosta said.


One man has died following a shooting Sunday afternoon in Richmond, a police sergeant said.

Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said a man, who is one of three shooting victims, died in the hospital shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday evening. The two other victims remained in stable condition, she said.

One person, who was brought into custody in connection with the shooting, has been arrested, she said.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 15th

Street and Bissell Avenue at 3:45 p.m., Abetkov said.

While officers were en route, Abetkov said they were advised there were three shooting victims, who were transported to trauma centers.

Abetkov said an initial investigation indicated the shooting was the result of an argument that started between several people.

She said detectives are still speaking with witnesses and interviewing the suspect who is in custody. More information will be released as the investigation continues, she said.


The chief of Oakland police decried the shooting death of an

Oakland teen on Saturday in a statement released on Sunday and called on the community to help police locate the youth's killer.

Oakland police Chief Sean Whent said the Oakland Police Department, along with the teen's family and the Oakland community, are grieving the teenager's death.

"All violent crime is tragic, but when the victim is a child it is even more so," Whent said. "The members of my department and I are committed to the safety of everyone in our community, especially our children."

A preliminary investigation indicated 14-year-old Davon Ellis was walking with friends when he was shot Saturday evening, police said.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 3300 block of Brookdale Avenue around 7:50 p.m., according to Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson.

Police found Ellis suffering from a gunshot wound and he was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Whent said the department would do "all that is possible" to identify and arrest the person responsible for the Ellis's death.

He said investigators and officers are "working diligently" to follow leads, talk with potential witnesses and locate and review available surveillance footage.

"I am asking the Oakland community to partner with us to bring this suspect to justice," Whent said. "If you have any information on the shooter, please contact the Oakland Police Department Homicide Section."


A 40-year-old woman was airlifted to the hospital after suffering serious injuries from a dog attack Sunday morning in Pinole, according to fire officials.

Officials with the Pinole Fire Department said emergency medical crews responded to a report of a dog attack on Silverado Drive around 10 a.m. Arriving crews found a 40-year-old woman with serious injuries and requested a medical helicopter, while paramedics began advanced life support treatment, officials said.

The woman suffered injuries to her face, arms and legs. She was transported to the John Muir Medical Center's trauma center in Walnut Creek, according to fire officials.

Pinole fire Battalion Chief Steve Akre said the woman was attacked inside her home. The male pit bull is a family dog, which lives in the home, he said.

Akre said he didn't know whether the dog belonged to the woman or to a man who also lives in the house. A second ambulance was requested to evaluate the man, but Akre said he was not injured in the attack.

Akre said he didn't know the details of how the dog came to attack the woman.

As of around 5:30 p.m., Akre said he had not yet been updated on her condition and described her injuries as "significant."

"Any time you transport someone to a trauma center via a medical helicopter, it's a very serious incident," Akre said.

Police and animal services were called to the scene, Akre said.


Two suspects in the murder of a Penngrove woman led authorities on a pursuit from Riverside County to Arizona that turned deadly on Saturday, a Sonoma County sheriff's spokeswoman said on Sunday.

One of the suspects was killed in an officer-involved shooting at the end of the pursuit, Sonoma County sheriff's Sgt. Cecile Focha said. The person's identity was not released Sunday morning.

The other suspect, identified as 27-year-old Victor Silva of Marin County, surrendered without incident, Focha said.

A third suspect in the case, later identified as 27-year-old John Bruno Martinez, was arrested without incident in Richmond on Saturday, she said.

On Friday, detectives from the sheriff's office identified possible suspects in the death of 84-year-old Olga Mary Dinelli, who was found dead in a chair in her home in the 900 block of Rose Avenue around

11:50 a.m. on Thursday.

The detectives later learned that two of the three suspects were traveling, possibly in a rental car, near Indio on eastbound Interstate Highway 10 in Riverside County, Focha said.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Office was notified and deputies tried to stop the car but the suspects fled and led them on pursuit on eastbound Highway 10, Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Michael Vasquez said.

During the pursuit, deputies received reports of one of the suspects allegedly shooting at passing motorists, he said.

When the pursuit entered the state border into Arizona, one of the two suspects fired at an officer from the Quartzsite Police Department in Arizona, he said.

The officer was placing spike strips on the road in an attempt to stop the car but one of the two suspects fired at the officer, who was not injured by the gunfire, according to Vasquez.

The suspect vehicle struck the spike strips, lost control and became disabled on the shoulder of Highway 10, about 1 to 2 miles into Arizona, he said.

A Riverside County sheriff's deputy confronted the armed suspect, who refused to comply with the deputy's commands to drop the firearm and surrender and the confrontation turned into a shooting that left the armed suspect with fatal injuries, Vasquez said.

The second suspect, Silva, was arrested and is being held outside of California, Focha said. He will be extradited to Sonoma County, she said.

Martinez, a Richmond resident, was arrested on suspicion of murder, conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of an assault weapon, and receiving stolen property.

He was booked into Sonoma County Jail with no bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon.


A pedestrian was transported to the hospital in critical condition after a car struck him Sunday evening in Richmond, a police lieutenant said.

Officers responded just after 8 p.m. to the 3500 block of Rheem Avenue on a report of a vehicle collision, Richmond police Lt. Joey Schlemmer said.

Schlemmer said a man was transported to the hospital with serious injuries to his face or head.

The driver remained on scene and is cooperating with police, Schlemmer said.

On Sunday evening, Schlemmer said drugs and alcohol were not suspected to be factors in the collision but said the investigation is still in its early stages.

Schlemmer said it appears the man was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk.

"We always urge drivers to drive as cautiously and carefully as possible and urge pedestrians to always be aware of their surroundings so situations like this are minimized or prevented," Schlemmer said.


Crews from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission are pumping out water from a pipe that broke in the city's Glen Park neighborhood Sunday morning that impacted a San Francisco Municipal Railway Metro line, a spokeswoman said.

The break was reported shortly before 8:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Roanoke Street between Arlington Street and San Jose Avenue, SFPUC spokeswoman Catania Galvan said.

Utilities crews arrived to the scene at about 9 a.m. and are working to determine the cause of the break, she said.

Crews continued to pump water from the pipe as of about 12:30 p.m., according to Galvan.

Service has not been disrupted for customers in the residential area, Galvan said.

Westbound San Jose Avenue is closed in the area as crews are at the scene, according to Galvan.

Shuttles were running on Muni's J-Church line from 30th and Church streets to Geneva and San Jose avenues due to the break, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

The shuttles were canceled around 11:50 a.m. when regular service resumed to the J-Church line, Rose said.


Fire crews extinguished a one-alarm fire at a residence in Oakland

Sunday morning, a fire official said.

Battalion Chief James Bowron said firefighters responded to a report of a fire in the 2400 block of Grande Vista Avenue around 7 a.m. Bowron said the call came in as a kitchen fire and that the fire consumed the first-floor unit in the two-story garden-style apartment building. There was some extension to the second floor, as well, he said.

There were no injuries to firefighters, but Bowron said an ambulance was called to the scene for one occupant in the home. He said he did not know the extent of the injuries or whether the person was transported to the hospital.

Bowron said he did not know how many people lived in the house, but said they were displaced by the fire.

Firefighters had the blaze under control within 15 minutes, but stayed on scene for roughly two and a half hours, Bowron said. The cause of the fire is under investigation, he said.


Fire crews cut through a fence to douse a fire at a homeless encampment in San Jose Sunday morning, a fire captain said. Capt. Peter Caponio said firefighters responded to a report of a fire at 6:20 a.m. at Monterey Street and Southside Drive, roughly a third of a mile away from the Capitol Caltrain station.

Fire crews arrived to find smoke coming from the back of a building, but Caponio said the firefighters had difficulty reaching the blaze. He said the fire crews had to cut through a fence to get to the fire, which was coming from trash or rubbish burning in the area.

The fire was knocked down around 6:45 a.m., he said. There were no injuries reported.

Caponio said there was some rubbish on the Caltrain tracks and train traffic was halted briefly while the fire crews cleared the trash from the tracks.


A teenage girl was killed in a crash that injured two others on U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Rosa early Saturday morning after a pursuit that started in Windsor, according to the California Highway Patrol and Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

Around 1:30 a.m., a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy saw a person recklessly driving on southbound Highway 101 in Windsor at speeds of more than 100 mph, sheriff's Lt. Greg Miller said.

The deputy followed the suspect car and attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the vehicle continued traveling south at a high rate of speed on the freeway, Miller said. Another deputy assisted in the chase that continued south on Highway 101 into Santa Rosa, according to Miller.

The driver lost control of the car while traveling on the off-ramp at Hearn Avenue and the car crashed into a field south of the exit, he said.

The driver, a 17-year-old Ukiah girl, was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said. The front passenger, another 17-year-old girl from Ukiah, was ejected from the car, according to Sloat. A rear passenger, 19-year-old Boonville man, was also injured in the crash, Sloat said.

The girl and man who survived the crash were transported to a hospital for major to moderate injuries that were not considered life-threatening, according to Sloat.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash because open containers were found in the vehicle, Sloat said.


A 25-year-old man was killed after he sped his way into a construction zone on Interstate Highway 580 in Oakland early Saturday morning, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said on Sunday.

The man was identified as Oakland resident Gregory Davis Jr., according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

Around 2:45 a.m., Davis was speeding on eastbound Highway 580 at Grand Avenue at speeds of more than 100 mph, CHP Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said.

A CHP unit on the other side of the freeway saw the speeding car and was about to conduct a traffic stop, but Davis crashed into the construction zone where a crew were working to repair a guardrail on the slow lane, which was closed off with cones, Wilkenfeld said.

Davis hit a truck shadowing the crew and the truck was pushed into the fast lane, according to Wilkenfeld.

An occupant of the truck was not injured in the crash, but Davis was pronounced dead at the scene, the spokesman said.


Skies will be mostly cloudy today. There is a slight chance of showers. Highs will be around 60 with west winds of 10 to 20 mph. Skies will be mostly cloudy tonight with lows in the lower 50s. Winds will be from the southwest at 5 to 10 mph in the evening and become light later.

Skies will be partly cloudy Tuesday with highs in the lower 60s. Winds will be from the north at around 5 mph in the morning and from the west in the afternoon.

— Bay City News Service


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