Police shoot, kill dog at homeless camp
A 15-month old dog named Amore was shot and killed by two police officers Monday morning at the Albany Bulb, a city spokeswoman said.
City Clerk Nicole Almaguer said the two officers were patrolling the Bulb around 8 a.m. when they came across Amore and another dog, who were unleashed and not with their owners. The fatal shots were fired after the dogs lunged toward the officers and one dog bit one of the officer's arms, Almaguer said.
It was unclear which dog bit the officer.
Jill Posener of Paw Fund, an East Bay nonprofit offering services to low-income and homeless people with pets, said she never saw signs of aggression from Amore. But she did not blame the officers' actions.
"He was a good pup," Posener said. "I don't think any police officer likes to kill a dog. It's a tragedy."
The dogs are two of about 25 that live in a homeless encampment at Albany Bulb, a waterfront park located near Golden Gate Fields racetrack.
The city is preparing to turn the property over to the East Bay Regional Park District as part of the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park, and plans to clear out the encampment and transition its residents into a temporary shelter.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Teen fleeing police jumpsfrommovingcar
In an attempt to flee police, a 17-year-old boy jumped out of his moving car on Friday, authorities said.
The chase began at 1:07 p.m. in Hercules when the youth refused to stop after an officer attempted to pull him over for alleged reckless driving on Willow Avenue near Hawthorne Drive, according to police.
The youth drove his 2000 Buick Century onto westbound Interstate 80 and into Richmond, police said. He eventually drove down the 800 block of Ventura Avenue, where he attempted to jump out of the driver's window while the car was moving, authorities said. When that didn't work, police said he opted for the front passenger door, rolled out of the car and ran away. The car crashed into two parked cars.
After a 40-minute search, police took the Sacramento resident into custody on suspicion of felony evading.
Police later learned the teen had two outstanding warrants out of Sacramento County. He was taken to Juvenile Hall in Martinez.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Delays likely during roadwork on Tassajara
Road maintenance scheduled Nov. 5-7 may cause traffic delays of up to 30 minutes on Tassajara Road just north of Fallon Road between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Dublin officials say the road -- a popular commute route between Dublin and the San Ramon Valley -- will be restricted to one lane at times, and closed temporarily at other times.
The city encourages motorists to use alternative routes during the construction hours.
The traffic disruption is necessary so crews can stabilize the road and protect an adjacent creek slope from erosion during the rainy season.
-- Denis Cuff, Staff
Pair arrested in robbery, assault
An El Sobrante man has been arrested after allegedly pulling a gun and threatening to kill a worker who confronted him for walking out of the store wearing a pair of reportedly stolen tennis shoes, police said.
Police said Gursimran Singh, 27, brandished the loaded firearm outside Burlington Coat Factory in the 1300 block of Fitzgerald Drive on Oct. 23 at 11 a.m.
Singh and Nidhi Warraich, 28, also of El Sobrante, were earlier seen removing a theft device from a pair of shoes and leaving the store without paying for the shoes, police said.
The pair were arrested a short time later during a "high risk" traffic stop. Officers found the stolen merchandise and the loaded gun in the car, according to police.
Police also said they have evidence Singh was involved in as many as four burglaries at a nearby Target store.
Singh and Warraich were taken into custody and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of robbery and aggravated assault.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Mt. Diablo schools host college fair
The Mt. Diablo school district will host a college fair this evening at Ygnacio Valley High.
Juniors and seniors and their parents or guardians from throughout the district are encouraged to attend the free event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the school, 755 Oak Grove Road in Concord. Students must show school identification to attend.
More than 80 representatives from colleges and universities around the country will be on hand to answer questions.
More information, including a list of colleges and universities to be represented, is available by calling 925-682-8000 ext. 4000 or by visiting www.mdusd.org. Click on "Wednesday 10-30-13 MDUSD 1st Annual College Fair."
-- Theresa Harrington, Staff
Man sentenced for meth trafficking
An Oakland man was sentenced to 5¿1/2 years in prison Monday for trafficking methamphetamine, according to the U.S. attorney.
John Alan Hunt, 52, pleaded guilty July 29 to distributing and possessing with intending to sell methamphetamine. According to a statement from U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Hunt admitted that on Aug. 2 and Aug. 30, 2012, he sold about 48.4 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover officer near High Street in Oakland.
Hunt's co-defendants in the case, Daniel Artinger and Nile Glenn, were also charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possessing the drug with an intent to sell it.
Artinger pleaded guilty Oct. 21 and is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 6. Glenn pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court of Oregon on Oct. 24 and is scheduled to be sentenced there Feb. 5.
Once out of prison, Hunt will also have a four-year period of supervised release. Hunt, who had been in federal custody since his first court appearance in May, began serving his sentence immediately.
-- Katie Nelson, Staff
Thief steals $40,000 in jewelry from home
Jewelry valued at $40,000 was taken from a Hercules home Monday, authorities said.
Police said the burglar entered the home in the 200 block of Carson Street by breaking a back window.
The theft happened sometime between 5 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Police searched the neighborhood for a suspect, but no one was arrested. However, DNA was collected from the window's broken glass, police said.
About $300 in cash was also missing.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Airport museum plans spooky event
The Oakland Airport Museum is hosting its Halloween Night Flashlight Tour on Thursday evening, when visitors can explore the darkened building after the sun goes down.
Visitors can bring flashlights to explore the planes on display, which take on a different appearance in the dark, and hear stories of the men and women who flew them. The flashlight tour begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 10 to 18.
The museum is at 8252 Earhart Road, in Oakland. For details, call 510-638-7100 or go to www.oaklandaviationmuseum.org.