Dublin

Man gets 21 months for equity loan fraud

A Dublin man on Thursday was sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay a $60,000 fine for bank fraud and making false statements to a financial institution, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

Saleem M. Khan, 49, was indicted in 2012 for submitting false documents in order to obtain a settlement of his home equity line of credit and failing to disclose significant assets, according to prosecutors.

Khan pleaded guilty to the crimes last July, admitting he took out a $344,000 home equity line of credit on his home in 2005. He stopped making payments in 2010, claiming he was out of work and submitted a "hardship package" to demonstrate his inability to pay the loan.

Prosecutors say Khan made false statements about his employment history, income and assets, and included a forged pay stub that underreported his monthly income by approximately $2,000. He also failed to disclose he had made $800,000 in stocks the previous year, prosecutors said.

Khan is scheduled to begin serving his sentence June 23.

-- Karina Ioffee, Staff

EAST BAY

Increased Clipper card service by late 2015

Bus riders on the County Connection, Wheels, Tri Delta Transit and WestCAT systems will be able to start paying transit fares with Clipper cards by the end of 2015.

A Metropolitan Transportation Commission committee on Friday authorized negotiations for the extended Clipper service to be provided by Cubic Transportation Systems Inc.

Clipper is an all-in-one transit card in which riders can load cash value, passes and tickets. It now is used to pay fares on eight Bay Area transit systems, including BART, AC Transit and San Francisco MUNI.

Under the contract, Cubic will be paid $8.3 million to bring Clipper card service to the four East Bay bus systems and five bus systems in Sonoma County.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

North Richmond

Donors sought to help family bury third son

After burying one son last month, a North Richmond family is seeking donations to help pay for the funeral of another son shot dead on Saturday night.

Nelson Earl Hamilton III, 23, was fatally shot in the 1600 block of First Street at 10 p.m. He is the third brother killed in his family since 2011. His older brother, 30-year-old Earl Hamilton, was shot and killed outside a Pinole bar Feb. 2.

Five people were arrested for the elder Hamilton's killing this week and investigators are trying to determine if Nelson Hamilton's death is related. The brothers were at the Pinole bar with other friends.

A third brother, Marquis Hamilton, was fatally shot in November 2011 in North Richmond.

Donations can be made to the Nelson Earl Hamilton Memorial Association at any Bank of America branch.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

Pittsburg

Cyclist in grave condition after crash

A 50-year-old man riding his bicycle to work was listed in grave condition after colliding head-on with a car, police said Friday.

The bicyclist was riding northbound on Loveridge Road around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday morning against southbound traffic when he ran into a four-door sedan, Pittsburg police Lt. Ron Raman said.

The driver of the sedan stopped and cooperated with police. An investigation showed that no drugs or alcohol were involved, Raman said. The driver was not speeding either, he said.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

Pleasant Hill

Crash near mall sends 4 people to hospitals

Three people were hospitalized with major injuries after three cars crashed Friday outside a shopping center, authorities said.

A fourth person also was hospitalized with minor injuries after the wreck, which happened around 12:35 p.m. on Buskirk Avenue near Elmira Lane, in front of the Crossroads Shopping Center, police said.

The three people with major injuries went to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, said Contra Costa Fire Protection District spokesman Steve Aubert.

The fourth person was taken by ambulance to Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek, Aubert said.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

Antioch

DUI suspect suffers major injuries

A man suspected of drunken driving was hospitalized with major injuries after crashing a vehicle early Friday, police said.

Police arrested the unidentified 24-year-old on suspicion of DUI pending his recovery from injuries suffered when he was thrown from the car during the wreck on Cavallo Road near Minner Avenue, said Antioch police Sgt. Desmond Bittner. The crash happened just before 2:30 a.m.

An ambulance took the driver to a hospital, where the nature of his injuries was not immediately known.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff