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(Richmond Police Department)
Richmond: DNA evidence leads to arrest in 2013 rape case

05/29/2015 08:47 PM PDT
A DNA match has allowed police to arrest a man already in custody for a sexual assault in a 2013 rape case, authorities said Friday.  
Dublin High students sustain minor injuries after camping stove explodes
05/29/2015 07:50 PM PDT - Two 16-year-old Dublin High School juniors received minor burns Friday afternoon after a butane-powered camping stove they were using during a school event exploded, fire officials confirmed.  

Seven years after rape allegations, Michael Gressett will return to Contra Costa DA's office Monday
05/29/2015 07:23 PM PDT - In 2008, Contra Costa sex crimes prosecutor Michael Gressett was accused of raping a junior colleague in a scandal that rocked the department. The attorney will return to work for the District Attorney's Office on Monday and begin litigating cases once again, the department's top lawyer said Friday. 

Watch: Cal QB Goff makes nice reception at Giants game
05/29/2015 06:56 PM PDT - Jared Goff snagged a ball hit by Brandon Crawford in the left field bleacher Thursday night. 

San Francisco 49ers' NaVorro Bowman looking good in team drills
05/29/2015 07:55 PM PDT - NaVorro Bowman's surgically repaired knee seems to be giving him no problems; he's looking agile during OTAs  

Mother of man killed in Antioch hit-and-run gets speed bumps in front of her home
05/29/2015 08:45 PM PDT - The mother of the 47-year-old man who was killed in a hit-and-run collision earlier this month was prepared to install speed bumps on the street in front of her home after the city failed to respond to her pleas. But Friday afternoon, a group of unknown 'speed bump fairies' beat her to it.  

West Oakland: Crash kills one, critically injures two
05/29/2015 07:39 PM PDT - One person was killed and two others were critically injured in a three-car crash Friday evening in West Oakland, authorities said. 

East Bay graduation rates rise slightly, while dropout rates decline
05/29/2015 06:13 PM PDT - As high school students from the class of 2015 begin receiving their diplomas this month, they may help boost overall graduation rates for their schools and districts. Between 2013 and 2014, most districts improved their graduation rates and saw lower percentages of students dropping out of high school. 

French Open: Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova post easy wins
05/29/2015 06:15 PM PDT - Favorites roll into fourth round at French Open in Paris. 

Antioch: Hostage suspect facing 16 charges
05/29/2015 07:20 PM PDT - A 35-year-old man who held two gas station employees hostage this week during a police standoff in Antioch was charged Friday with kidnapping for extortion and carjacking, among other charges, authorities said.  

Dublin school district to host town hall on school overcrowding
05/29/2015 05:18 PM PDT - Officials will discuss options, hear from public starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday  

San Pablo molester receives 1,325-year sentence; defense calls it cruel and unusual punishment
05/29/2015 06:06 PM PDT - In what the defense attorney called the largest sex crimes sentence handed down in Contra Costa history, the attorney for Melvin Herrera cited the reduced sentence of former Concord teacher Joseph Martin as grounds to reduce his client's sentence. 

Concord councilman sidelined from decision on weapons station developer
05/29/2015 05:41 PM PDT - Concord Councilman Ron Leone's house is located within 500 feet of the former military base. To avoid a potential conflict of interest, Leone has recused himself from the upcoming selection of the master developer.  

Livermore City Council to discuss biannual budget, including plans for new council chamber
05/29/2015 05:02 PM PDT - Monday's workshop will focus on the fiscal 2015-2017 operating budget as well as the two-year Capital Improvement Program. 

Berkeley: Panel discussion set on nutrition programs in Berkeley schools
05/29/2015 05:01 PM PDT - The June 4 panel, to include city and schools officials, will discuss nutrition issues, program funding, parent involvement, and the impact of the recently enacted city tax on the distribution of sodas and other sweetened beverages on school district nutrition programs. 

BART updating 19th Street Station renovation plan
05/29/2015 04:58 PM PDT - BART 19th Street Station renewal to be highlighted June 4-5 at the station. 

Warriors' Barnes finds his place in starting lineup
05/29/2015 06:56 PM PDT - After rejoining the starting lineup this season, Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has become a contributor.  

Defendant in Livermore elder abuse case pleads guilty
05/29/2015 06:40 PM PDT - Former Chase Bank employee Alejandro "Alex" Ojeda, 28, of Fremont, swindled more than $100,000 

Hercules: Public safety committee seeks public input on fire service delivery
05/29/2015 04:08 PM PDT - The independent Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District has floated the idea of contracting with another fire agency to provide service, among other alternative service delivery models, and although the City Council has no jurisdiction over the fire district, the public safety and traffic committee wants to generate a public discussion about the issue.  

West Berkeley residents air public health concerns
05/29/2015 03:38 PM PDT - The ongoing issue of bad air due to West Berkeley's asphalt and steel plants, traffic, and multiple construction sites was raised by several participants who said they have tried to work with the city and regulatory agencies without success.  

Lee's Sandwiches doubles product recall to almost 441,000 pounds of beef, pork and chicken
05/29/2015 04:31 PM PDT - USDA says chain has been improperly using inspection label for many years 

Berkeley resident and team raise close to $15,000 for cancer patients
05/29/2015 07:02 PM PDT - Emma Harper will walk San Francisco's PurpleStride 2015 on Sunday, in honor of her father who was diagnosed with neuroendocrine pancreatic earlier this year. Her team has raised almost $15,000 for cancer research, patient support and advocacy for a cure.  

Bay Area: 105-year-old Warriors fan on the edge of her seat
05/29/2015 03:29 PM PDT - Championship title would be sweet for Sweetie. 

Major real estate company commits to bring housing, retail to Oakland
05/29/2015 03:26 PM PDT - One of the country's biggest real estate companies is betting that Oakland's economic boom will continue. 

Steward: Darting here and there . . .
05/29/2015 03:13 PM PDT - --An extra week of hype, a la the Super Bowl, before the NBA Finals is not a good thing. Riley Curry can't carry us for another six days, or can she?--That's probably a silly question. 

Mentally ill Alameda man sentenced in death of Berkeley man in 2012
05/29/2015 05:07 PM PDT - A man with paranoid schizophrenia who was arrested and put in mental hospitals nine times before he fatally beat a Berkeley homeowner in his own driveway was sentenced Friday to 33 years to life in a state mental hospital at a hearing where the victim's family demanded a systematic change in how the government treats the mental ill and violent. 

Court releases restraining order against Ray McDonald
05/29/2015 07:07 PM PDT - Woman claims in document that former 49er physically attacked her 

Joni Mitchell suffered brain aneurysm
05/29/2015 01:46 PM PDT - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member is in a Southern California rehab center. 

NASA Education amabssador leads free public stargazing
05/29/2015 07:04 PM PDT - Event set for Saturday at Brentwood's Los Vaqueros Reservoir 

Richmond: Oakland man arrested following carjacking, pursuit
05/29/2015 04:44 PM PDT - A 22-year-old carjacking suspect was arrested on Thursday in Richmond after a brief high-speed pursuit, authorities said.  

CRIME
(Richmond Police Department)
Richmond: DNA evidence leads to arrest in 2013 rape case

A DNA match has allowed police to arrest a man already in custody for a sexual assault in a 2013 rape case, authorities said Friday.  
STATE NEWS
East Bay graduation rates rise slightly, while dropout rates decline

As high school students from the class of 2015 begin receiving their diplomas this month, they may help boost overall graduation rates for their schools and districts. Between 2013 and 2014, most districts improved their graduation rates and saw lower percentages of students dropping out of high school. 
NATIONAL NEWS
Dennis Hastert indictment: $3.5 million in hush money tied to sexual misconduct claim, source says

Update, 5:30 p.m. (CDT) A person familiar with the matter tells Associated Press reporter Eric Tucker that payments from former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert were an apparent effort to conceal decades-old allegations involving sexual misconduct. 
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(Richmond Police Department)
Richmond: DNA evidence leads to arrest in 2013 rape case

05/29/2015 08:47 PM PDT
A DNA match has allowed police to arrest a man already in custody for a sexual assault in a 2013 rape case, authorities said Friday.  
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Michael Jackson's ranch can be yours for $100 million

'Thriller’ singer’s amusement parks rides are gone, and property now called Sycamore Valley Ranch.