Man who lifted blind woman's dress sought
Police are looking for a man who made unwanted sexual advances toward a blind woman, including lifting her dress, authorities said.
The woman, who is legally blind, was walking home from El Cerrito Plaza on Fairmount Avenue at 4:22 p.m. Saturday, when the man began following her, police said. The man made verbal sexual advances toward her, and after she refused and continued walking, he lifted the back of her dress, according to police.
When she arrived home, the woman notified police. The man was not found.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Motorcyclist hits undercover police car
A motorcyclist speeding through an intersection ignored a red light and broadsided a car driven by an undercover Richmond police officer Wednesday, police said.
The wreck happened about 10 p.m., when the motorcyclist ran a red light on 23rd Street at the intersection of Rheem Avenue, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. The motorcycle was estimated to be going at least 80 mph in the 25 mph zone, police said.
The motorcyclist was thrown several feet and suffered severe injuries to his leg but was expected to survive, Abetkov said. He was taken by helicopter to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, she said.
The officer was not injured seriously, Abetkov said.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff
Danville man's visa revoked in fraud case
A Danville man had his U.S. citizenship revoked after he falsely claimed he was the victim of religious persecution in his native China to gain asylum, then entered a fraudulent marriage, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Jie Zhong's naturalization was revoked by the United States District Court last week after a trial, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said Wednesday.
Zhong, 37, obtained asylum based on the claim that he is a Falun Gong practitioner. Followers are subject to severe human rights violations at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.
Authorities said that Zhong applied for permanent residency in the United States, but after waiting four years for that application to be approved, he divorced his Chinese national wife and married a United States citizen.
He obtained permanent residency and he received naturalization, authorities said. But in late 2010, an officer with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began investigating for marriage fraud.
-- Kristin J. Bender, Staff
Worker accused of stealing carts of meat
A 46-year-old Lucky's employee was arrested after allegedly stealing $700 worth of meat at the Hercules store on Labor Day, police said.
Roger Curlee, of Hercules, is facing an embezzlement charge for the alleged meat heist on Sept. 2. Police said Curlee, while working about 11 p.m., filled two shopping carts with meat and left the store with them one at a time.
The store's security team contacted police Tuesday. Curlee was arrested and booked at the Martinez Detention Facility.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Ceremony remembers fallen police officer
Police officers will gather Friday morning at City Hall to remember Sgt. Paul Starzyk on the fifth anniversary of his death.
The public ceremony begins at 7:20 a.m. with a flag raising in front of City Hall, 525 Henrietta St. Photographs, letters and cards to the Starzyk family will be on display in the council chamber. Light refreshments will be served.
Both Starzyk and Catalina Torres were shot to death Sept. 6, 2008, by a gunman who burst into a Martinez beauty salon looking for his estranged wife. Although he had been mortally wounded, Starzyk shot and killed the assailant.
-- Lisa P. White, Staff
Public can see launch of lunar satellite
NASA's Ames Research Center has invited the public to a "science day" on Friday evening that will culminate with a live TV screening of the launch of the space agency's latest lunar satellite.
The $280 million mission, called Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), is the first spacecraft designed, developed, built, integrated and tested at NASA Ames, based at Moffett Field in Mountain View.
In its unusually low orbit around the moon's equator, the craft will study the properties of the moon's environment and lunar dust.
NASA scientists and engineers will be on hand for the event, which will be held at the Ames center from 5 to 9 p.m. The satellite will be launched at 8:27 p.m. from NASA's facility on Wallops Island, Va.
The event is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. For tickets, directions to the Ames center and other information, go to www.nasa.gov/ames/events/ladee-science-night.
2-year-old boy struck and killed by truck
A 2-year-old boy was struck and killed in an abandoned parking lot near the Oakland waterfront Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The boy, who was not immediately identified, was playing in the parking lot about 4:15 p.m. while his mother sold fruit from the back of her car, according to Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson.
A pickup truck pulled slowly into the parking lot, which is abandoned but not cordoned off from public access, and accidentally struck the boy, Watson said.
The driver of the pickup stopped and cooperated with police and has not been arrested.
Watson did not know why the driver had entered the parking lot, which sits near an abandoned furniture warehouse that was damaged in a fire about a month ago.
-- Kristin J. Bender
Girl injured by pickup near John Swett High
A 15-year-old girl received minor injuries Wednesday when she was hit by a pickup truck near the entrance to John Swett High School, a California Highway Patrol officer said.
The incident happened at 7:21 a.m. on Pomona Street in front of the school, after the teen's parents dropped her off, CHP Officer John Fransen said. The girl was in a crosswalk when a 2002 Ford pickup hit her, he said.
The driver has not been arrested, Fransen said. The girl, who complained of pain, was taken to a hospital as a precaution, Fransen said.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff
Free digital skills classes offered
The Bay Area News Group will offer two free digital skills seminars this month with information about the tools and technology available to help you get involved online.
Join George Kelly, BANG's senior online coordinator, for Blogging for Beginners and San Jose Mercury News Technology Columnist Troy Wolverton for "Tablets 101."
The 90-minute programs will cover how to set up a blog, how to shop for the best tablet for your needs, and how to learn to do more with the digital devices you may already have.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Tablets 101 takes place Sept. 9, 6 p.m., at the Contra Costa Times, 2640 Shadelands Drive, Walnut Creek. Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/sept9tablet.
Blogging For Beginners takes place Sept. 16, 6 p.m., at the Oakland Tribune, 1970 Broadway, Suite 100, Oakland. Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/sept16blogoak.
-- Bay Area News Group