Oakley

Suspect arrested in fatal shooting

A 19-year-old Oakley man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting Sunday morning of a 23-year-old Antioch man, police said Monday.

Michael Arthur-Sanchez Martin, of Oakley, was arrested and booked into County Jail in Martinez on suspicion of murder, conspiracy, shooting into an inhabited dwelling and participating in a criminal street gang, according to Oakley police.

Martin, also charged with a probation violation, is being held without bail.

At 11:42 a.m. Sunday, a man later identified as Jesse Hernandez, of Antioch, was found by police with a gunshot wound on the sidewalk in front of a residence in the 500 block of Norcross Lane. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Another shooting at 5:48 p.m. that afternoon in the area of Walnut Meadows Drive and Vintage Parkway was linked to the shooting of Hernandez, police said. No one was shot in that incident, but one person received minor injuries from broken glass.

Police continue to investigate Sunday's homicide.

-- Craig Lazzeretti, Staff

Benicia

City eyes taking land for park-and-ride lot

The city's eminent domain dilemma is headed to a vote Tuesday as the City Council decides whether to take private property to build a park-and-ride lot.

The proposed park-and-ride and bus hub would be at the corner of Park Road and Industrial Way in the Benicia Industrial Park. It is part of a larger effort to increase transportation options in the industrial district, regarded as an important regional employment center. It has been in the planning stages for more than a decade.

The city has secured $1.75 million in grant funding to build the facility but must act quickly or risk losing the funds, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

However, the owners of the proposed project site -- the Barragan family of Concord -- have not said whether they are willing to sell their 1-acre gravel lot, where they operate a taco truck for truckers.

The family has been in negotiations with the city, demanding a reserved spot on the site for their truck and a mobile food vending ordinance to ensure their business is properly permitted, as well as curb improvements and other concessions.

The proposed bus hub would be served by Fairfield and Suisun Transit route 40, which links Vacaville and Walnut Creek BART during the weekday commute period.

The council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 250 E. L St.

-- (Vallejo) Times-Herald

CROCKETT

Meeting to discuss school campus' future

The John Swett school board will meet Tuesday evening to discuss whether Crockett and Rodeo residents would like to see Carquinez Middle School renovated or replaced because of concerns about its safety in an earthquake.

An engineering report released in October determined that the school, which was built in the 1920s, could be a hazard in the event of a major quake.

District trustees must make a decision about repair or replacement of the school by the end of March in order to place a bond measure on the November ballot.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of the middle school at 1099 Pomona St.

-- Rick Radin, Correspondent

Concord

Minor injuries after car overturns in crash

A car overturned Monday afternoon in a crash in Concord, but no one was seriously injured, a police dispatcher said.

The crash was reported at 2:49 p.m. at Concord Avenue and Market Street.

The vehicle went onto its side near the on-ramp to northbound Highway 242, according to the dispatcher.

Minor injuries were reported, but no one was taken to a hospital, the dispatcher said.

She said the crash briefly knocked out power to lights at the intersection, but service was restored shortly afterward.

-- Staff and wire reports

OAKLAND

Man arrested in triple stabbing at party

A 47-year-old man was arrested after three people were stabbed Sunday night at an East Oakland home, police said.

A 43-year-old woman and two men, 33 and 35, were stabbed in different parts of their bodies. Two had to be hospitalized. All are expected to recover.

Police said some of the people involved are related, but exactly how was not immediately known. Their names were not released, nor were their places of residence.

The stabbings happened about 9:20 p.m. Sunday at a home in the 1800 block of East 19th Street, where police said some kind of family gathering was taking place.

What motivated the violence was not released or if drinking was involved. The victims were stabbed with some kind of knife, police said.

The suspect was arrested at the scene on suspicion of three counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

OAKLAND

Teen pleads guilty in toddler's killing

An 18-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of a toddler during the filming of a rap video in Oakland.

Frederick Coleman entered his plea as part of a deal with Alameda County prosecutors Thursday. He was charged as an adult with murder and attempted murder in the attack outside a liquor store.

Authorities say 23-month-old Hiram Lawrence Jr. was shot when Coleman and two other Acorn gang members opened fire. Six others, including the boy's father, were wounded in the Nov. 28, 2011, attack.

Hiram was shot in the head and died 11 days later. Coleman is expected to be sentenced to life in prison in April.

Two other suspects were indicted by a federal grand jury in 2012. Their cases are pending.

-- Associated Press

OAKLAND

Health care union backs Siegel for mayor

Oakland mayoral candidate Dan Siegel has received the endorsement of one of his clients: the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

Siegel, an attorney, represents the 10,000-member union, which split several years ago from SEIU United Health Care Workers West.

Siegel, a former school board member, is among five declared candidates seeking to unseat Mayor Jean Quan in November.

-- Matthew Artz, Staff