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Sunday, August 31, 2014
Overturned big-rig blocks Hwy 4 in Antioch

An overturned big-rig blocked a portion of state Highway 4 in Antioch for about four hours Saturday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officers responded to a report of a motorcycle crash on westbound Highway 4 near Contra Loma Boulevard around 7:10 a.m., CHP officials said.

While officers were en route to the scene, the CHP received a report of second crash minutes later involving a loaded concrete big-rig that had overturned at the same location.

The unrelated collisions happened along a stretch of westbound Highway 4 under construction where only two lanes were open, according to the CHP.

An investigation showed that the big-rig driver for an unknown reason drifted his vehicle to the left and lost control after he sideswiped a concrete rail along the center median, CHP officials said.

Both lanes were blocked after the truck overturned and came to rest on its side, according to the CHP.

Crews were able to contain diesel on the road from the fuel tank and wet concrete from a bin on the truck, CHP officials said.

The big-rig driver was able to remove himself from the vehicle and did not suffer any injuries, according to the CHP.

Two tow trucks were needed to position the big-rig on its wheels, CHP officials said.

A Sig-alert was issued around 7:40 a.m. and the lanes reopened shortly after 11 a.m.

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Fairfield armed robbery investigated

Fairfield police are looking for the suspect in an armed robbery that occurred at a Check Into Cash store late Saturday morning.

Officers responded to a report of a hold-up alarm at the business at 1819 N. Texas St. around 11:10 a.m., police said.

Arriving officers learned the suspect had robbed the store and fled before the alarm was activated, according to police.

Two clerks working at the business entered with a handgun and demanded for money, police said.

At one point, the suspect held the gun to the head of one of the clerks, according to police.

Both clerks handed over the money to the suspect, who then fled in an unknown direction, and waited a short time to make sure they were safe before activating the alarm, police said.

Officers searched the area for the suspect without success.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 30s, standing between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall with a heavy build, short dark hair and distinctive gap between his front teeth.

He was wearing a black pinstriped suit with a red vest, sunglasses, black gloves and carried a briefcase at the time of the robbery.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Fairfield police at (707) 428-7300 or Solano Crime Stoppers at (707) 644-7867.

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Masked man robs Sonoma Co. market

A masked man armed with a handgun robbed a market in unincorporated Sonoma County on Friday night, sheriff's deputies said.

At about 10:55 p.m., sheriff's deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Stony Point Market in the 3200 block of Stony Point Road near Butler Avenue, just outside of Santa Rosa.

A man entered the market and confronted a clerk with a semi-automatic handgun, deputies said.

The armed suspect ordered the clerk to give him all the cash out of the register. The clerk removed an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register and gave it to the suspect, according to deputies.

Witnesses told sheriff's deputies that the armed suspect fled from the market on foot in an unknown direction.

Deputies searched the neighborhood around the market with the assistance of a K-9 unit, but the suspect was not located, deputies said.

The suspect was described as a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants. He had a cloth mask covering his face at the time of the robbery, sheriff's deputies said.

The robbery remains under investigation and anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office at (707) 565-2650.

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2-alarm downtown SF fire

A two-alarm fire in downtown San Francisco displaced 12 people late Saturday morning, a fire dispatcher said.

The fire at a multi-story apartment building in the 900 block of O'Farrell Street between Van Ness Avenue and Polk Street was reported around 11:10 a.m., the dispatcher said.

The blaze was under control shortly after noon, according to the dispatcher.

The American Red Cross was called to assist 12 adults displaced by the fire, the dispatcher said.

Emergency crews treated and released people at the scene however the dispatcher did not have information on injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Oakland pedestrian in critical condition after collision with cop car

A 58-year-old man who collided with an Oakland police patrol car Saturday afternoon near Lake Merritt is in critical condition, according to police.

The collision happened around 1:30 p.m. when the patrol car traveling at slow speeds south on Third Avenue made a turn to East 12th Street, police said.

The pedestrian, an Oakland resident, was transported to a hospital for treatment, according to police.

The officer driving the car was the lone occupant and responding to a call for service, police said.

Police have not determined if the pedestrian was on the crosswalk at the time of the collision.

Anyone with information on the collision is asked to call the Oakland Police Department's Traffic Investigation Unit at (510) 777-8570.

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Man killed in cliff fall ID'd

The San Mateo County coroner's office has identified a person killed in a fall in Daly City early Saturday morning as 29-year-old Santa Rosa resident Sean Carrington.

Emergency crews from the North County Fire Authority responded to a report of a cliff rescue around 4:35 a.m., according to fire officials.

Carrington was one of three people who fell about 250 to 350 feet down a cliff near Palisades Drive and Westridge Avenue, just below Palisades Park, fire officials said.

The trio was found just south of Thornton State Beach, law enforcement and fire officials said.

Firefighter paramedics found the victims and quickly implemented advanced life-saving protocols and measures.

The U.S. Coast Guard deployed a helicopter to remove the victims from the beach, fire officials said.

The injured victims were airlifted to a landing zone where paramedics continued to treat them.

Carrington was pronounced dead at the scene and the two other victims were transported by ambulance to a trauma center with serious injuries, fire officials said.

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2-alarm SJ fires

Two commercial buildings were damaged in a two-alarm fire in San Jose Saturday afternoon, a fire captain said.

Crews responded to the fire in the 500 block of North Seventh Street between Jackson and East Empire streets around 3:30 p.m., San Jose fire Capt. Rob Brown said.

Initial reports indicated the blaze was outside but crews arrived to find two single-story buildings on fire, he said.

Both buildings sustained heavy damage from the fire, according to Brown.

The fire was under control by 4:20 p.m., he said.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Missing San Ramon woman found

San Ramon resident Luba Lusherovich was found alive in the Norris Canyon Road area of San Ramon Saturday afternoon, according to her familymembers.

Lusherovich, 77, walked away from her home on Fountainhead Drive in San Ramon around noon on Wednesday. Her family called police for help after searching for her for several hours.

Lusherovich suffers from dementia and speaks limited English with a heavy Russian accent, police said.

She was last seen walking on Bollinger Canyon Road near Marsh Drive, according to police.

According to her granddaughter-in-law, Kelsey Bye, hundreds of volunteers and search and rescue crew from 11 counties arrived in the area to help search for her Lusherovich.

Bye said Lusherovich has been transported to San Ramon Regional Medical Center and that she is waiting to hear more about her grandmother-in-law's condition.

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Indecent exposure suspect sought

Police are seeking the identity of a male suspect who exposed his genitals to a juvenile girl in Scotts Valley on Thursday evening.

The girl was walking near the intersection of Scotts Valley Drive and Bean Creek Road at about 5:50 p.m. on Thursday when a male driving a truck made kissing noises at her in an effort to get her attention, police said.

When the juvenile turned to look at the suspect, he rose up from his seat and exposed his genitals, police said.

The suspect then drove off heading north on Scotts Valley Road, police said.

The suspect was described as a white, or possibly Hispanic, male in his 20s with short, thick and dark hair.

He was wearing a white T-shirt, tan pants and thin blade-style sunglasses at the time, according to police.

The suspect vehicle was described as a smaller, two-door dark green Toyota truck with silver rims.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the incident is asked to contact police at (831) 440-5670.

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Man arrested in connection with fight, death outside teen center

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of killing a 25-year-old man during a fight outside a teen center in Sonoma Valley on Friday evening, sheriff's deputies said.

At about 5:30 p.m. on Friday, sheriff's deputies, along with medical personnel, were dispatched to a report of a fight outside the Valley of the Moon Teen Center at 17440 Sonoma Highway in Fetters Hot Springs-Agua Caliente.

Upon arrival, medical personnel performed life-saving measures on the male victim.

The victim, later identified as Sonoma Valley resident Mario Zamudio Perez, was transported to the Sonoma Valley Hospital, where he later died of his injuries, according to deputies.

Detectives from the Sheriff's Violent Crime Investigations and Crime Scene Investigations units responded to assist in the investigation.

Deputies located the suspect, identified as Joshua Javier Gonzalez, also from Sonoma Valley, and took him into custody.

Gonzalez was booked into the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility for involuntary manslaughter. He is being held on $25,000 bail, according to sheriff's deputies.

An autopsy to determine the manner and cause of Perez' death is scheduled for next week, according to deputies.

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Silver Alert activated for Burlingame woman

The California Highway Patrol has activated a Silver Alert in an effort to locate an 82-year-old at-risk woman last seen Thursday afternoon at her Burlingame home, police said.

Sharon Feix was last seen at about 2 p.m. Thursday driving away from her Burlingame residence in a black 1988 Toyota long-bed pickup truck with the California license 3R67862.

Feix suffers from a medical condition and may become disoriented, police said.

She is described as a white woman standing about 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds. She has gray hair and hazel eyes. Feix was last seen wearing a white sleeveless blouse and a blue skirt, according to police.

Anyone who sees Feix is asked to contact Burlingame police at (650) 777-4100 or (650) 464-1402.

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Napa man killed in hit-and-run collision

A 51-year-old Napa man was killed in a hit-and-run collision Saturday morning on a rural Sonoma County road near Petaluma, the California Highway Patrol said.

At 4:09 a.m., CHP officers were dispatched to a report of a head-on collision on Bodega Avenue near King Road.

CHP officers arrived at the scene to find two vehicles blocking the roadway and one of the drivers trapped inside his vehicle.

The other driver had left the scene prior to the officers' arrival, the CHP said.

Emergency personnel performed life-saving measures on the trapped victim, but he was declared deceased at the scene, according to the CHP.

Based on the preliminary investigation, the CHP said a 2007 Chevy pickup truck was traveling east on Bodega Avenue when it drifted onto the dirt shoulder of the road, striking two mailboxes.

The force of the impact spun the pickup truck 180 degrees and back onto the roadway.

The pickup struck a 1994 Mazda traveling west on Bodega Avenue head-on, the CHP said.

The driver of the Mazda was trapped inside the vehicle while the driver of the Chevy took off on foot, the CHP said.

The CHP conducted a thorough search of the area, including the use of a CHP airplane with a heat-sensing camera over the nearby fields, but the suspect was not located during the search.

The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin, the CHP said.

Any witnesses or anyone with information about the driver of the Chevy pickup truck is urged to contact the CHP at (707) 588-1412.

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Infant ejected from car in Santa Rosa

An infant in an improperly installed car seat was ejected from a car in Santa Rosa on Friday evening, the California Highway Patrol said Saturday.

At about 7 p.m. on Friday, 18-year-old Santa Rosa resident Jocelyn Gallardo, driving a 2001 Mazda, was pulling out of a driveway on Santa Rosa Avenue near Castro Court when the car's left rear door swung open and the child restraint seat containing Gallardo's infant fell onto the road, according to the CHP.

A Sonoma County sheriff's deputy driving south on Santa Rosa Avenue stopped when he saw the child in the car seat in the roadway.

Gallardo immediately stopped the car and ran to the child, the CHP said.

The infant suffered scrapes to her forehead and was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital by ambulance for medical treatment, CHP officers said.

According to the CHP, Gallardo failed to properly install the child restraint and properly close the door.

The CHP said Gallardo claimed she used the seatbelt to attach the car seat. She also said the car did not belong to her and that she was under the impression that the car door was stuck shut.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Groping suspect sought

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who allegedly groped a woman on Thursday while the two were looking through discarded items in the rear of a building near a Caltrain station, police said.

At 12:44 p.m. Thursday, Palo Alto police's dispatch center received a call from a woman reporting a sexual battery in the 2300 block of Park Boulevard, a couple blocks from the California Avenue Caltrain station, according to police Lt. Zach Perron.

The woman, who is in her 60s, said that she had been talking to the suspect as they both examined things that had been discarded behind a commercial building when he suddenly grabbed her breast over her clothing, Perron said.

The victim then went to tell her husband about it but the suspect, whom she recognized from seeing him before in town, had left the area, police said.

The woman described the suspect as an Asian male in his 60s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds, wearing gray slacks. She said he had seen him previously driving a dark-colored sedan, according to Perron.

Police said the case is not connected to three other recent sexual battery cases nearby, including incidents reported on July 11 and July 22 for which a suspect was arrested on July 31, and a case in the College Terrace area reported August 7 that is still under investigation, Perron said.

The Police Department is asking that anyone with information about the incident on Park Boulevard call its 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413, or call or send an anonymous tip to (650) 383-8984.

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Motorcyclist from SJ killed in crash

A 33-year-old motorcyclist from San Jose died after crashing his bike and being run over by a vehicle on northbound U.S. Highway 101 in San Jose early Saturday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP officials said the male motorcyclist was first spotted speeding past CHP officers on northbound Highway 101 near Old Oakland Road at about 12:20 a.m.

Officers then saw the motorcycle down in the road and the rider in the northbound lanes, along with some debris, near East Brokaw Road, the CHP said.

CHP officers saw a female, later identified as the passenger of the motorcycle, 23-year-old San Jose resident Nyisha Coleman, walking towards the center divider, the CHP said.

Officers parked their patrol vehicle in the center divider and activated their emergency lights to warn approaching traffic.

However, as the officers went to render medical aid to the man down in the roadway, the driver of a Ford Mustang struck the motorcyclist, according to the CHP.

Officers called for emergency crews and a Sig-alert was issued for all lanes at 12:28 a.m., the CHP said.

Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and transported the motorcyclist to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased, CHP officers said.

The passenger of the motorcycle was transported to Regional Medical Center of San Jose with moderate injuries.

The preliminary investigation suggests that the motorcyclist was speeding when he collided with the back of a vehicle. The impact caused the motorcycle to overturn and eject the driver and passenger onto the roadway, the CHP said.

The driver of that vehicle pulled off to the shoulder and cooperated with the investigation.

Moments later, the Ford Mustang collided with the rider. The driver of that vehicle also pulled over to the center median and cooperated with the investigation, the CHP said.

The identification of the deceased rider has not yet been released and it has not been determined whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.

The roadway reopened shortly after 2 a.m., according to the CHP.

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A few low clouds this morning, then sunny skies. Warm to hot this afternoon, Highs: 70-92.

Concord: 92/63
Fremont: 82/63
Oakland: 78/62
Redwood City: 85/63
San Francisco: 73/60
San Jose: 84/61
Santa Rosa: 90/58

Coast:
TODAY: Sunny skies, mild after some morning grey.
Highs: Near 70
TONIGHT: Patchy low clouds.
Lows: In the upper 50s

East Bay:
TODAY: Some clouds to start, then Sunny & warm
Highs: In the upper 70s.
TONIGHT: Low clouds
Lows: In the upper 50s

East Bay Valleys:
TODAY: Sunny & hot.
Highs: Upper 80s to lower 90s.
TONIGHT: Clear skies.
Lows: In the upper 60s

North Bay Valleys:
TODAY: Sunny skies, after a cool start
Highs: Near 90
TONIGHT: Clear skies.
Lows: In the 50s

Peninsula:
TODAY: A sunny afternoon after a few morning clouds.
Highs: In the mid & upper 70s.
TONIGHT: Low clouds
Lows: In the upper 50s

South Bay:
TODAY: Sunny skies.
Highs: In the lower 80s.
TONIGHT : Clear skies
Lows: Near 60

Monday:
Patchy low clouds, then sunny skies and a few degrees warmer. high temperatures. Highs. 70-94
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