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Mt. View burglary

Mountain View police have released video footage of person of interest in a burglary of a downtown business last Sunday.

The person is seen entering a business in the 200 block of Castro Street where a cellphone was stolen on Oct. 12, police said.

The person is described as a black man with a medium to heavy build seen in the video wearing a black San Francisco Giants jersey and a black San Francisco Giants hat, police said.

The video footage from the store's surveillance system does not accurately show the colors of the man's clothing, according to police.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Mountain View police at (650) 903-6395. Anonymous tips can be left by text message to 274637 with the words "MV tips" in the body of the message.


San Jose lotto winner

A lucky California Lottery player who purchased a winning Fantasy 5 lottery ticket in San Jose has yet to claim their $200,499 winnings, lottery officials said.

The player matched all five numbers, 18, 1, 27, 8, and 12 to Friday night's Fantasy 5 drawing.

The ticket was purchased at Gio Hoe May Cafe, located at 2398 Senter Road in San Jose.

The winner is instructed to sign the back of their ticket in ink, keep it in a safe place and contact California Lottery officials or visit any of the nine lottery district offices as soon as they can to claim their winnings.

Lottery players have 180 days from the day of the drawing to claim the Fantasy 5 top prize, lottery officials said.

Fantasy 5 tickets are $1 and a player wins the top prize by matching five numbers out of a field of 39 in the drawing.

The top prize starts at $50,000 and increases daily until it is hit, according to lottery officials.

Lottery officials said 95 cents of every dollar spent by California Lottery players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges as well as in the form of prizes and Lottery retailer compensation.

The California Lottery urges individuals to play the lottery responsibly and within their budgets.

Anyone who feels that they may have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, can get help by calling 800-GAMBLER (800-426-2537).


Bayview assault, robbery

A 24-year-old woman who was punched in the face and then robbed by two other women in San Francisco's Bayview District on Thursday afternoon told police she knew her assailants.

Officers received a report of the assault and robbery at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Keith Street and Revere Avenue.

The victim said she was walking home when two suspects, also believed to be women in their 20s, pulled up alongside her in a vehicle.

The suspects exchanged words with the victim before getting out of the vehicle and attacking her, according to police.

Police said the victim reported that the suspects approached her, punched her and then took her purse.

Both suspects got back inside the vehicle and drove away from the scene, police said.

The purse contained a cellphone and credit cards, police said.

The woman suffered bruising to her face, but is expected to recover, police said.

Officers said the victim knew her attackers and identified them to police.

Arrest warrants in this case are pending, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the assault and robbery is urged to contact police at (415) 553-0123 or may do so anonymously at (415) 822-8147.


Santa Cruz Co. DA passes away

Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee passed away Saturday morning after an ongoing battle with cancer, district attorney's officials announced Saturday.

Lee died at his home and spent the Friday evening with friends and family, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeff Rosell said in a statement. He was 57 years old.

"It is with deepest personal sorrow and sadness that we say goodbye to our great friend and leader, Bob Lee," Rosell said.

"Bob was a dedicated, passionate prosecutor who gave every ounce of his talent and energy to serving the people of the community in which he was born and raised," the deputy said.

Lee interned at the District Attorney's Office while in law school and joined in 1988 as an Assistant District Attorney for 14 years.

He was elected District Attorney in 2002 and during his tenure formed specialized task forces such as the Gang Task Force and Elder Abuse Task Force.

Lee was also a prosecutor in Monterey County in 1985 before moving to the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office.

"Bob tried many of this county's most high profile cases and was never afraid of a challenge in the court room. He took great and justifiable pride in never having lost a trial in Santa Cruz County and used his considerable experience to mentor younger prosecutors," Rosell said.

Lee issued a letter to the Santa Cruz community earlier this month announcing his decision to step down as District Attorney and recommended the Board of Supervisors to appoint Rosell as his successor. Lee was elected to a fourth four-year term in June.

Lee was the youngest of four brothers. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. He obtained his Juris Doctor at Santa Clara University in 1984. His wife, Barbara, is an assistant division director at the Santa Cruz County Probation Department.

Funeral services are still pending.


VTA ticket machines

Ticket vending machines operated by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority are now accepting credit and debit card transactions after issues reported late Saturday morning, VTA officials said.

The vending machines were experiencing difficulties processing such transactions but the issues have been resolved, VTA officials announced Saturday evening.

Travelers were advised to use the EventTIK mobile fare app available on iPhone and Android, or cash.

VTA officials first reported the problem at 10:52 a.m. via Twitter.


Sonoma Co. Stabbing victim ID'd

A man who was killed in a stabbing in unincorporated Petaluma on Friday afternoon was identified as 36-year-old Thomas Edward Judkins, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office announced Saturday.

Judkins, of Essex Junction, Vermont, was killed in the stabbing reported on Marshall Avenue around 3:20 p.m., sheriff's officials said.

A bicyclist had called 911 to report seeing a man and a woman involved in a physical fight, Sonoma County sheriff's Sgt. Cecile Focha said.

The pair was standing near a vehicle in the front yard of a house and the woman was screaming, the caller told dispatchers.

Arriving deputies found Judkins and woman on the ground, both with stab wounds.

Judkins was pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman was rushed to the hospital with multiple stab wounds and is still recovering Saturday evening, Focha said.

Investigators have yet to determine if Judkins' wounds were self-inflicted or if he died from another cause or contributing factors, according to Focha. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Officials believe Judkins attempted to murder the woman and recovered a knife at the scene.

Judkins lived at the Marshall Avenue home with the woman and her child, who was found safe in a car seat inside a nearby vehicle when deputies arrived, Focha said.

Family members are now caring for the child, according to Focha.

Investigators have not determined how long Judkins lived in Sonoma County, she said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the sheriff's tip line at (707) 565-2185.


Man accused of running over ex-girlfriend

A 20-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly ran over his ex-girlfriend and her relative with his car and led police on a pursuit in Vallejo on Saturday afternoon, a police lieutenant said.

An officer was flagged down around 1:30 p.m. at Laurel Street and Benicia Road where the man drove over the women with his red pickup truck then fled the scene, Vallejo police Lt. Kevin Bartlett said.

The women were found lying on the pavement and transported to hospitals for moderate injuries, Bartlett said.

The man returned to the scene while officers were investigating and led them on a pursuit after he refused to yield, the lieutenant said.

The chase continued through city streets and ended at Tennessee Street and Oakwood Avenue, where officers were able to use a "pursuit mobilization technique" to stop the truck, Bartlett said.

The suspect, identified as American Canyon resident Jon-Luke Laporte, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and other charges, according to Bartlett.

One of the victims had dated Laporte and broke up with him sometime before the incident, Bartlett said.


Hwy 29 partially reopens following collision

A portion of southbound state Highway 29 in Napa has reopened after one person was killed in a vehicle collision Saturday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The two-vehicle collision caused one southbound vehicle to flip onto its side in the roadway near Trancas Street, CHP officials said.

The crash was reported at about 12:30 p.m. and one person has been confirmed deceased at the scene, according to the CHP.

The roadway was cleared around 3:50 p.m., CHP officials said.

The CHP has not reported additional injuries and are continuing to investigate the cause of the collision.


Union City mountain lion

Police in Union City searched for a mountain lion that was reportedly seen by a creek Saturday afternoon.

Officers had searched a trail by Alameda Creek behind Carr Way after a resident spotted the lion around 1:30 p.m., Union City police Sgt. Shansab said.

When officers arrived to the scene, two other residents were walking in the area and said they also saw the big cat, Shansab said.

Officers searched for the animal without success and cleared the scene about an hour later, according to police.

Police are advising residents in the area to keep small pets inside.

There have been previous reports of mountain lions seen on the east side of town near the Mission hills, however the area of Saturday's sightings was several miles away on the other side of the city, west of Interstate Highway 880, Shansab said.

Anyone who may encounter the mountain lion is advised to not approach it and call 911.

More information on mountain lions is available by visiting


Elderly woman reported missing found

An elderly woman who was reported missing Saturday afternoon has been found, police said.

Marilyn Kratt, 86, was last seen at El Cerrito Plaza where she walked away from a family member at about 12:45 p.m., police said.

Kratt suffers from dementia and wears an ID bracelet, according to police.

She was found later Saturday afternoon as of about 3:30 p.m., police said.


Gunshots fired in SF's Bayview

Police are investigating a report of gunshots fired in San Francisco's Bayview District early Friday morning.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired at the intersection of Ingalls Street and Armstrong Avenue at about 12:10 a.m. on Friday.

Three witnesses told police they were standing in the 2500 block of Jennings Street when they saw a silver coupe driving up Armstrong Avenue.

The witnesses said an occupant of the vehicle fired several shots out the window before the vehicle sped away from the area, police said.

Officers searched the area, but didn't find any victims or damages. Police did not locate any suspects or the suspect vehicle, police said.

The shooting remains under investigation.


Coast Guard enforces safety zone around drydock

The U.S. Coast Guard is enforcing a 500-foot safety zone around a massive drydock located just off San Francisco's eastern shore as crews prepare the dock to be loaded onto a seafaring vessel and shipped to China for recycling.

The Port of San Francisco's Drydock 1, weighing in at about 4,200 tons and measuring 584-feet long and 128-feet wide, will be shipped to a green certified recycling facility near Shanghai, China, according to Coast Guard officials.

According to a 2007 Port of San Francisco assessment of the drydock's marine, structural and environmental issues, the drydock "shows evidence of severe deterioration and poor maintenance."

Prior to the removal of the drydock, the assessment found the drydock to contain asbestos, high levels of copper and lead, as well as polychlorinated biphenyl or PCBs.

On Saturday, the drydock was lifted out of the water and onto the oceangoing vessel to be transported to China.

The seafaring vessel will partially submerge itself so that the drydock can be floated over the vessel's cargo deck. The vessel will then get rid of water, becoming more buoyant and lift the cargo out of the water to complete the lift operation.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, after a couple days of sea fastening, the vessel will depart for the recycling facility near Shanghai on Tuesday.


Fatal Oakland shooting

A male victim was shot to death on a residential street in West Oakland early Saturday morning, according to police.

Oakland police officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the 800 block of Mead Avenue between Market Street and San Pablo Avenue at 2:16 a.m., Oakland police Officer Cynthia Espinoza said.

Police located a male victim who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds outside a residence, Espinoza said.

The victim was pronounced dead a short time later.

No suspects have been arrested and police have not released any suspect descriptions.

The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

Anyone with information about this homicide is urged to contact Oakland police, and may do so anonymously, by calling (510) 238-7950 or Crime Stoppers of Oakland at (510) 777-8572.

Persons with information about this homicide may be eligible for a cash reward through the Crime Stoppers program.



Tonight, as a cold front approaches the area, we will see clouds arrive and then light showers falling in the North Bay after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. Monday, light showers spread across the Bay Area Monday morning with clearer skies prevailing by the evening. Generally less than a tenth of an inch of rain in most spots. Highs, cool in the mid 60s to lower 70s

Concord 72
Oakland 68
Redwood City 69
San Francisco 66
San Jose 71
Santa Rosa 69

Tonight: Cloudy Skies
Lows: Mid 50s
Tomorrow: Morning Showers
Highs: Mid 60s

East Bay
Tonight: Cloudy
Lows: Mid 50s
Tomorrow: Midday Showers
Highs: Upper 60s

East Bay Valleys
Tonight: Mainly Cloudy
Lows: Mid 50s
Tomorrow: Midday Showers
Highs: Lower 70s

North Bay Valleys
Tonight: Cloudy, Showers
Lows: Mid 50s
Tomorrow: Light Morning Showers
Highs: Upper 60s

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy
Lows: Mid 50s
Tomorrow: Morning Showers
Highs: Mid to Upper 60s

South Bay
Tonight: Mostly Cloudy
Lows: Mid 50s
Tomorrow: Midday Showers
Highs: Lower 70s

Sunshine returns and we see afternoon highs in the mid 60s to mid 70s.
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