( D. ROSS CAMERON )
Police reforms demanded at Oakland forum
12/18/2014 06:22 AM PST
More than 200 people, including dozens of law enforcement and political leaders, gathered at a North Oakland church Wednesday to discuss strategies for increasing trust between police and minority residents
DVDs: "Guardians" a great, fun sci-fi romp; "Angriest Man" awful
12/17/2014 06:58 PM PST - "Guardians of the Galaxy"I loved this movie.I loved it so much I did something I hardly ever do: I willingly watched it twice. I might even see it a third time.
Alameda: Ballet adds stars from Puerto Rico to 'Nutcracker'
12/17/2014 05:58 PM PST - Marena Pérez, principal dancer for the Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico, will perform as the Sugar Plum Fairy, while Carlos Madera, recently a principal dancer for Ballet Brio of Bayamón, Puerto Rico, has the role of Cavalier.
Alameda police logs: West End robbery reported
12/17/2014 05:57 PM PST - The suspects stole cash from the registers at the Jack-in-the-Box during the incident, which occurred about 4:15 a.m. Dec. 10 before they fled the scene, police said.
Alameda city briefs: Cinema Grill now open next to Alameda Theatre
12/17/2014 05:57 PM PST - Owned and operated by theater proprietors Kyle and Elgina Conner, the restaurant offers comfort food and craft cocktails inspired by Hollywood's Golden Age. The menu includes pizzas, salads, chicken sliders, fish tacos, and bison meatloaf, the restaurant's signature dish. Ingredients come from Dan's Fresh Produce, Tucker's Ice Cream, Hangar One Vodka, Faction Brewery, St. George Spirits and other local vendors.
Berkeley police historical collection showcases "father of modern law enforcement"
12/17/2014 05:53 PM PST - The collection, under the care of retired Berkeley police Sgt. Michael Holland, includes handcuffs, guns, lie detectors and other law enforcement paraphernalia, a trove of documents and photos, and many memories of August Vollmer, Berkeley's first police chief who instituted many reforms that appear visionary a century later.
Drummond: A spike in Oakland killings since Oct. 1
12/17/2014 08:23 PM PST - Oakland had a big drop in homicides earlier this year but a Fall spike has erased many of those gains. Oakland Police officials say police brutality protests have drawn manpower away from Ceasefire violence prevention program
Piedmont, Montclair police logs: Oakland hills report 26 auto burglaries
12/17/2014 05:48 PM PST - PiedmontThe following are highlights from the Piedmont police blotter. For more information, including about other cases, visit the police department at 403 Highland Ave.
Piedmont Avenue: Landmark neighborhood mural is destroyed
12/17/2014 05:36 PM PST - The mural was painted in 2005 on the side of the building facing the Key Route Plaza, on 41st Street, and celebrated the building's Key System history. Currently, there is a large blue tarp covering the wall, under which around a third of the mural has been removed.
George Mark Children's Center holds remembrance day
12/17/2014 05:31 PM PST - On Dec. 14, the George Mark Children's Center, a nonprofit in San Leandro that cares for children with terminal illnesses, held a remembrance day in honor of the children lost and cared for at the center since 2004.
Alameda: Family, friends mourn man longtime community volunteer
12/17/2014 05:27 PM PST - The 78-year-old Sam Sause died the evening of Dec. 11 after an AC Transit bus struck him as he was crossing the street at Grand Street and Otis Drive.
Alameda: City recognizes World War II aviator Jimmy Doolittle
12/17/2014 05:27 PM PST - The City Council proclaimed Dec. 14 as "General Jimmy Doolittle and the Doolittle Raiders Day" in the city of Alameda.
Alameda: City Council approves project to redevelop Del Monte building
12/17/2014 05:27 PM PST - Both Trish Spencer, who edged out incumbent Mayor Marie Gilmore in November's election, and Frank Matarrese, who topped the poll in the council race, asked the council to put off approving the redevelopment of the property on Buena Vista Avenue.
Sheriffs to hold annual toy giveaway and turkey dinner in Bay Point
12/17/2014 04:05 PM PST - This annual Holiday event will be open to all citizens of Bay Point.
Antioch auto body shop gives cars to needy families
12/18/2014 06:20 AM PST - Mike's Auto Body continued a tradition this week by fulfilling five Christmas wishes with used cars that it's restored.
Oakland nonprofits to battle asthma with $600,000 EPA grant
12/17/2014 08:47 PM PST - Organizations will help school health clinics educate students and parents about asthma triggers
Piedmont: Thomas Stevens sworn in as Alameda County Superior Court judge
12/17/2014 03:28 PM PST - Thomas Stevens, 48, of Piedmont, was sworn in Dec. 12 as an Alameda County Superior Court judge by Presiding Judge Winifred Smith. Stevens was the Oakland branch chief of the U.S. attorney's office and previously worked as an attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP. He was educated at UC Berkeley School of Law and UC Davis.
Fremont: Water district considering another rate hike
12/17/2014 02:53 PM PST - The cost of water in southern Alameda County might rise again soon, as the utility serving the area is considering a rate hike for the 13th consecutive year.
Player pianos are Stanford's latest history project
12/17/2014 12:46 PM PST - Stanford University wants to unlock the secrets of the player piano, which brought recorded music into living rooms long before there were cassettes, compact discs or iPods.
Coroner IDs victim in fatal Hayward crash
12/17/2014 08:13 PM PST - Michelle Roloff, 45, of Hayward, was killed when her car struck a utility pole on Hayward Boulevard Tuesday afternoon.
49ers release Ray McDonald in wake of sexual assault allegation
12/17/2014 12:45 PM PST - The 49ers have released Ray McDonald in the wake of the latest criminal investigation against the defensive lineman.
Elderly Pleasanton man safe at home after going missing
12/17/2014 02:12 PM PST - Police on Wednesday said they had safely located an at-risk 81-year-old Pleasanton man who went missing the day before.
Daly City police searching for fatal hit-and-run suspect
12/17/2014 02:28 PM PST - Police are searching for a hit-and-run suspect who fatally hit an elderly man earlier this month in a Daly City crosswalk.
Salinas mother gets probation for molesting daughter's 14-year-old friend
12/17/2014 11:59 AM PST - A 50-year-old Salinas mother who engaged in years of sexual activity with her daughter's 14-year-old friend was sentenced to probation Tuesday.
Experts appointed to evaluate mental state of ex-NPS professor accused of shooting, disemboweling ex-wife
12/17/2014 11:58 AM PST - The court appointed two psychiatrists Tuesday to evaluate the mental state of former Naval Postgraduate School professor who in October pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2012 slaying of his ex-wife, said attorney Paul Meltzer.
Ex-Pacific Grove police commander admits to federal gun charges
12/17/2014 11:57 AM PST - A former Pacific Grove police commander convicted of extortion, fraud and making criminal threats pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to a new charge of possessing stolen firearms.
Petaluma man arrested as suspect in graffiti vandalism from Santa Cruz to Seattle
12/17/2014 11:56 AM PST - Police arrested a 21-year-old Petaluma man Monday, who they say is responsible for vandalism crimes up and down the West Coast including Santa Cruz.
Police make sixth arrest in Watsonville shooting deaths of 33-year-old man, 4-year-old girl
12/17/2014 11:54 AM PST - Police early Tuesday arrested the sixth of eight suspects implicated in a Watsonville gang-related double homicide that left a 33-year-old man and 4-year-old girl dead in October.
Cal Maritime in Vallejo ranked among best colleges for 'bang for the buck'
12/17/2014 11:54 AM PST - According to the recently released Washington Monthly's College Guide, California Maritime Academy ranks among best colleges nationally for best "bang for the buck."
Point Richmond: Controversial condos approved by divided council
12/17/2014 05:24 PM PST - A City Council majority greenlighted a waterfront luxury condo project in Point Richmond over residents' objections but did wrest $350,000 from the developer to compensate the seven residents whose views will be most affected by the new buildings.
Free comics unveiled: See 50 titles coming on Free Comic Book Day
Diamond Comics reveals the full list of 50 book titles available at participating shops during annual event in May.
Sony cancels 'The Interview' theatrical release
Hacked company responds to theater chains declining to screen movie over threats of terrorist attacks.