Danville

Reward offered in graffiti threat case

Police and school officials have joined together to offer a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for a recent graffiti message near Charlotte Wood Middle School that threatened harm.

The graffiti, written in the creek bed adjacent to the school's entrance, read "12 people, May 8". Officials added extra security for the school, and many parents kept their children home from classes, but no incidents were reported.

The Danville Police Department and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, are investigating the incident and ask for the public's help in finding the person who wrote the message.

A similar message was also found at John Baldwin Elementary School, but officials said they believed that was a "copycat" threat.

Superintendent Mary Shelton said the incident has caused anxiety in the community and that she is hopeful the reward offer will lead to the arrest of the culprit and bring the situation to a close.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

Mountain House

Antioch man arrested on drug charge

An Antioch resident is behind bars after officers caught him with about 20 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Mountain House on Wednesday, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.


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About 11:30 p.m., Sheriff's Office deputies stopped a black BMW along Byron Highway, near Mountain House Parkway, for an expired registration. The driver of the BMW, identified as 37-year-old Almighty Allah, was also driving with a suspended license and had a no-bail warrant for his arrest out of Contra Costa County, according to the Sheriff's Office.

When officers searched Allah's car, they found multiple large plastic bags in his trunk containing a total of 20 pounds of processed marijuana.

Allah is being held without bail at the San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of possession and transportation of marijuana. He was also cited for driving with a suspended license and an expired registration.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

Walnut Creek

Man struck on I-680 trying to retrieve tarp

A man suffered major injuries just before noon Friday when he was hit while trying to retrieve a tarp that had fallen out of his car on northbound Interstate 680, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The collision was reported about 11:50 a.m., when a man in the middle lanes of I-680, near the Ygnacio Valley Road offramp, was hit by a passing truck that had a trailer attached to it, the CHP said.

All but one northbound lane was temporarily shut down while emergency crews worked to clear the area.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

Berkeley

Burglar smashes car into Apple Store

A burglar smashed through a glass facade and security gate at the Apple Store early Friday, making off with several products, police said.

The driver crashed into the store in the 1800 block of Fourth Street about 2:50 a.m., sounding an alarm that summoned police to the scene, said Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats. Officers found the car parked in the middle of the store surrounded by broken glass, but the suspect was nowhere to be found, Coats said. No arrests have been made.

Police said the driver deliberately drove into the store to burglarize it. The investigation is ongoing.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

Richmond

Dine and dance at Senior Night Out

The 21st annual Senior Night Out, a low-cost evening of dining and dancing presented by the Richmond Commission On Aging, will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza.

Entertainment will be by the Top Shelf Party And Show Band, and there will be prize drawings. Dinner will be served from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.

Tickets, which must be purchased in advance by Tuesday, are $20. Tickets are available at the Richmond Recreation Department, 3230 Macdonald Ave., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be reserved by phone at 510-620-6793.

For details, call 510-223-4528 or 510-232-4690.

-- Chris Treadway, Staff

Point RICHMOND

Event highlights business district

Point to Point Richmond, the first of what organizers envision as a monthly "pop-up" event, will have art, music, food and strolling around the historic Point Richmond business district from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Large red dots on the sidewalk will guide visitors to artist exhibits and activities, galleries, restaurants, shops and performances at more than 20 locations around the district and at the community center at Park Place.

For more details, go to goo.gl/U1T1QG.

-- Chris Treadway, Staff

Oakland

Man convicted in pair of 2010 killings

An Alameda County jury on Friday convicted an Oakland man of two counts of murder for killing two men for no apparent reason in a residential West Oakland neighborhood in 2010.

DeShawn Reed, 30, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally shooting Oakland residents Victor Johns, 29, and John Jones, 56, at 30th and Linden streets on March 5, 2010.

Defense attorney Spencer Strellis had argued that Reed is innocent and was misidentified as the gunman. Gun powder residue, however, was found on his hand, and at least one witness identified Reed as the gunman.

Reed sporadically trembled as a court clerk read guilty verdicts of first-degree murder for Johns' death and second-degree murder for Jones'.

Prosecutor Autrey James said Reed hopped out of a black Saturn and fatally shot Johns as he was running for safety toward a backyard. Reed shot Jones once as Jones was standing on the sidewalk, and then several more times as he stood above him.

He then fled in a Saturn driven by Jason Watts. Watts, 28, was tried separately and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for two first-degree murder convictions last year.

-- Malaika Fraley, Staff