Richmond

Man fatally shot near BART station

A man was found shot to death Monday night near the Richmond BART station, police said.

The Contra Costa County Coroner identified the man as 30-year-old Richmond resident Faheim Smith. Smith was found about 10:10 p.m. near the corner of 19th Street and Nevin Avenue by a BART police officer, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. The intersection is less than a mile from the BART station.

The BART officer heard a single gunshot and was flagged down by a citizen who said a man was down, Abetkov said.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

He is the 14th homicide victim in Richmond in 2013, a total that includes the March 14 killing of 34-year-old San Pablo resident Raymond Harris in front of the Richmond BART entrance.

Police have not named any suspects but said someone was seen riding a bike in the area around the time the shooting happened, Abetkov said.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

Concord

Richmond man hurt in pickup truck crash

A 45-year-old Richmond man suffered serious injuries Tuesday after he crashed his car on Bates Avenue, police said.

No one else was injured.

According to Lt. Darrell Graham, at 3:29 p.m. officers and fire crews responded to the 2200 block of Bates for reports of a vehicle that had crashed off the side of the road. When officers arrived, they found the driver stuck inside, suffering from severe injuries.

The driver was extricated by fire crews from his 2001 GMC pickup truck and rushed to John Muir Medical Center. He is expected to survive.

According to police, the driver, who has not been identified, may have been speeding while he was traveling westbound on Bates Avenue toward Mason Circle when he veered off the road, struck a landscape rock and flipped over.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, Graham said.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

Berkeley

Woman assaulted in People's Park

UC Berkeley police are investigating a sexual assault against a woman in People's Park late Sunday night, a lieutenant said Tuesday.

The attack happened between 10 p.m. and midnight in the park located off Telegraph Avenue and bordered by Dwight Way, and Haste and Bowditch streets, UC police Lt. Eric Tejada said. The woman, whose age was not given, is not a teacher, instructor or employee at the university, Tejada said.

Tejada said the suspect approached the woman from behind and displayed a gun before assaulting her in the park. The woman did not initially report the crime, Tejada said, instead waiting to do so until Monday.

The man police are looking for is of Filipino descent, in his early 30s, Tejada said. He is approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall and has a medium build with short black hair and dark-colored eyes, Tejada said.

Anyone with information on the assault is urged to call campus police at 510-642-6000.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

PLEASANTON

Parents gain insight into kids' concerns

The Pleasanton police department will hold a series of talks, in English and Spanish, for parents of all students attending the city school district.

The Community Parent Program is designed to help parents understand significant issues youths face today and to help them guide their children through difficult decisions.

All programs begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.

Programs will be offered in Spanish on Wednesdays: Sept. 11, prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse; Sept. 18, youth bullying; and Sept. 25, Internet safety.

Programs in English will be given Thursdays: Sept. 12, 18 and 26 at the same time and place as the Spanish programs, and in the same order.

A separate cyber-bullying class for parents of high school students will be 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Amador Valley High School library, 1155 Santa Rita Road.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

RICHMOND

School district offers SAT free to all seniors

The West Contra Costa school district will host a free SAT School Day next month in an effort to better prepare students for college.

The district will administer the SAT to high school seniors on Oct. 16 -- the same day that students in grades 9-11 will take the Preliminary SAT, or PSAT. This will provide an opportunity for all students to take in-school college entrance exams instead of having to arrange to take the SAT test separately and pay a fee.

West Contra Costa is one of a small group of large urban districts throughout the country offering the opportunity to prepare students for college, especially those who may be the first in their families to pursue higher education, according to a news release.

The district has offered the PSAT for the past six years and began administering the eighth-grade version, called "ReadiStep" last year.

More information is available by calling 510-307-4526.

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff

NEWARK

Smoke alarm alerts sleeping residents

A smoke alarm saved a couple from a fire that destroyed their home early Tuesday, a county fire official said.

The one-alarm fire in the three-bedroom, single-story home at 6065 Rockrose Drive broke out just after 12:35 a.m., Battalion Chief Terrence Carey said.

The husband and wife who lived in the house were outside when fire crews arrived, Carey said. Both had been awakened by the smoke detector and escaped before the flames spread.

Firefighters controlled the fire within 20 minutes and kept it from spreading to a nearby home.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff