Judge puts AC Transit strike on hold 60 days
AC Transit buses will continue running for the next 60 days following an order by an Alameda County judge imposing a cooling-off period for the district and union workers.
Judge Evelio Grillo signed off on the order Wednesday morning, agreeing with the findings of a panel appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The panel concluded an AC Transit strike would significantly disrupt public transportation services and endanger the public's health, safety or welfare.
-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff
Five residents charged with drug distribution
Five Contra Costa County residents face drug charges after they were found in possession of methamphetamine and cocaine, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Oakley resident Oscar Gaxiloa-Vicencio, 41; Antioch resident Rafael Verduzco-Perez, 38; Concord resident Jesus Campos-Zaragoza, 36; and Pittsburg resident Jorge Gonzalez-Herrera, 47, were indicted Oct. 16, according to court records.
The four were charged with one or multiple counts of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine in their possession as well as actually selling the drugs since mid-February, according to court records. Authorities did not say where the methamphetamine and cocaine ended up being sold.
Brentwood resident Moises Soltero-Pelayo, 25, is currently incarcerated but was also charged under the same indictment.
-- Katie Nelson, Staff
Texas man arrested after beating, chase
A Texas man who tried to flee officers in his SUV and on foot was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an early Wednesday beating about a block from the UC Berkeley campus that left an Oakland man critically injured, police said.
The suspect, identified by police as 54-year-old Duane Nailor, was hospitalized after the crash but will survive, Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said.
In addition to attempted murder, Nailor will be charged with other crimes that occurred after the beating incident, Coats said.
The victim was in critical condition at an undisclosed hospital, Coats said. Police did not disclose the weapon used in the beating.
Coats said officers responded around 12:45 a.m. after several callers said one man was violently beating another at the northeast corner of Shattuck Avenue and Center Street.
Police said Nailor fled in a sport utility vehicle as they got close to the scene, hitting a police car along the way. Officers lost the SUV, Coats said, but caught up with it again at the Alameda and Hopkins Street, heavily damaged. Police arrested Nailor as he tried to run away from the wreck.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff
Baby released from hospital after crash
A 9-month-old baby who was injured when her mother's car overturned near the shoulder of Interstate 580 on Tuesday was released from the hospital that evening, officials said.
The infant was taken to Children's Hospital Oakland after her mother's 2009 Toyota Camry overturned Tuesday afternoon near Eden Canyon Road. She was treated for her injuries and released later that evening, hospital spokeswoman Melinda Krigel said.
The baby's mother was uninjured in the crash and accompanied her daughter to the hospital, officials said. No other vehicles were involved. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
-- Erin Ivie, Staff
Seminar to assist veterans with benefits
Those who served this county in active military duty but are unsure about what benefits they are entitled to are encouraged to check out an informational seminar this weekend.
The Delta Veterans Group and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10789 are hosting the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Brentwood Veterans Memorial Building, 757 First St.
The goal is to have an all-in-one event to educate veterans and their families about features and advantages from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, including schooling, health benefits and even death rights, officials said.
One group of veterans that can benefit is those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, but don't know they can get help by getting into the hospital system, said Steve Todd, commander of the Brentwood VFW Post.
Veterans can file claims at the event, he said.
The event will also include the chance for one-on-one personal interviews with a service officer from the Disabled American Veterans nonprofit organization, or local groups that offer counseling such as the East County Veterans.
For more information, call Todd at 415-722-0923.
-- Paul Burgarino, Staff
Pickup truck sought after hit-and-run
Police are asking the public's help in finding a white GMC Sierra pickup truck involved in a hit-and-run crash in Livermore on Wednesday morning.
The truck ran a red light about 9:20 a.m. at Second and South L streets and hit a Honda Civic waiting for the signal to turn green, Officer Steve Goard said. Instead of stopping, the driver sped away down Second Street.
While the victims' car was totaled, they were uninjured in the crash, Goard said.
Other motorists who witnessed the crash followed the man and were able to snap a picture of his truck, Goard said, but they did not continue to pursue him as he drove away at high speed.
"He drove away kind of fast, and we can't read the license plate with the picture," Goard said. "That's why we're trying to get the public's help."
The white GMC Sierra pickup truck likely has significant passenger-side damage, and appears to have a brake light out, Goard said. Anyone with information about the truck may contact Officer Lash at 925-371-4847.
-- Erin Ivie, Staff
Basketball tourney, community party set
Organizers hope a three-on-three basketball tournament and community party at Booker T. Anderson Park on Sunday will help reduce neighborhood violence and rekindle the city's tradition of cross-neighborhood sports competitions.
The third annual Call to Action event is expected to draw hundreds to the south Richmond park, said Michelle LaFlue, a local minister and the event's lead organizer.
The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Three-on-three basketball tournaments for boys and girls are the big draw, along with free food and music. Players must be 16 or older. Gift certificates will be given to winners, LaFlue said. The police department is one of the event's sponsors.
Interested players can call 415-819-6791 for more information or register at 10 a.m. Sunday.
-- Robert Rogers, Staff
City worker charged in fatal hit-and-run
An employee with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department has been charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run the death of a woman at Holly Park in the Bernal Heights neighborhood.
According to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, Thomas Burnoski, 58, a gardener with the department, was driving a city-owned Ford F-250 truck toward the park exit when he made a right turn off the designated pathway and continued to drive downhill on a grassy area through the park, running over 35-year-old Christine Svanemyr, of Daly City.
Svanemyr was lying on the grass with her infant daughter and her small dog when she was struck, though neither the baby nor the pet was injured.
Burnoski pleaded not guilty Wednesday. His next court date is Monday at 9 a.m.
-- Katie Nelson, Staff
Big rig overturns on Interstate 580
A big rig overturned on eastbound Interstate 580 on Wednesday, flipping several times after it veered off the roadway, witnesses said.
The crash happened around 3:10 p.m., just east of Hopyard Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. No other vehicles were involved, Officer Kevin Bartlett said.
The driver was the only person in the big rig and received only minor injuries, Bartlett said.
-- Erin Ivie, Staff