Oakley man charged in roommate's killing

Murder charges were filed Monday against an Oakley man who prosecutors say stabbed his roommate 37 times.

Emanuel Jimmy Ramirez, also charged with knife, torture and three strikes enhancements, is being held in lieu of $3 million bail, said Contra Costa deputy district attorney Mary Knox. He is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday morning.

Ramirez is suspected of killing Roy Amador just before 4 p.m. Thursday, inside the Amador Avenue residence the two men shared. Paramedics attempted to revive Amador before declaring him dead at the scene. Ramirez turned himself in at the Oakley Police Department shortly after the incident.

Investigators are unsure what started the fight that resulted in Oakley's second homicide of the year.

-- Gary Peterson, Staff


Baby stable after rescue from pool

A baby who was rescued from a swimming pool Sunday attempted to breathe on his own as he was taken away in an ambulance and was in stable condition at a hospital Monday, authorities said.

Relatives were performing CPR on the unresponsive 1-year-old boy when Concord police arrived at a residence in the 1700 block of Ducker Court around 6:15 p.m. Sunday night, Lt. David Hughes said. Officers took over the lifesaving efforts, then were relieved by paramedics who arrived a short time later.

An air ambulance was called, but medical personnel opted to take the boy to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek when he attempted to breathe by himself, Contra Costa Fire District spokesman Robert Marshall said. He was listed in critical condition Sunday night before being upgraded to stable condition.

Police are investigating how the baby got into the pool. They did not say whether a gate or barrier surrounded the pool or disclose other details about the investigation.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

Bay Area

Air quality, heat alerts issued for Tuesday

A heat wave is helping create unhealthy smog levels in the Bay Area this week, with a second consecutive Spare the Air alert called for Tuesday.

The poor air quality also could linger through Wednesday and Thursday as forecasters expect continued hot temperatures and light winds to brew car and factory exhaust into smog, which irritates lungs and eyes.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued its first Spare the Air Alert of the season for Monday, and followed with a second one for Tuesday.

Commuters are asked to drive less, and take public transit or carpools to work.

For health reasons, the air district advises the public to limit strenuous outdoor exercise to early morning hours when smog levels are lower.

Separately from the air district, the National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for the much of the Bay Area for Tuesday and Wednesday.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

San Pablo

20-year-old man slain in drive-by shooting

A San Pablo man died Saturday night when he was hit by gunfire in a drive-by shooting, police said.

Police were alerted by a shot spotter and several emergency calls from residents after bullets were sprayed from a dark-colored, newer SUV in the 1300 block of Stanton Avenue about 9:20 p.m., San Pablo police Cmdr. Jeff Palmieri said.

In the aftermath, 20-year-old Michael Kelly was found just outside a residence, Palmieri said. Kelly, who police said did not live at the home, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives have not determined a motive for the shooting or identified any suspects, Palmieri said. The SUV fled immediately after the shooting. An autopsy scheduled for later Monday was expected to determine how many times Kelly was shot.

The homicide is the fourth of the year in the city and first since March 29.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff


Gunman sought after shooting near schools

Police are looking for a gunman who shot someone Monday afternoon near the campuses of Antioch High School and Fremont Elementary School.

Officers were called to the 400 block of West 19th Street about 2:20 p.m. after receiving reports of gunfire, Antioch police Lt. John VanderKlugt said.

Witnesses said the shooter fired toward a home then ran northeast through the neighborhood, jumping over several fences to escape. He was not arrested. Police were retracing his steps after the shooting to look for evidence.

One person who was shot at least once was taken to a hospital. The victim's identity and condition were not immediately available.

Antioch Middle School and Antioch High School were on lockdown for about 15 to 20 minutes because of their proximity to the shooting, Antioch High Principal Louie Rocha said.

Police gave the school an all-clear around 2:45 p.m., he said.

-- Paul Burgarino and David DeBolt, Staff


Plane undamaged in emergency landing

For a second time in less than a month a single-engine plane made an emergency landing in a field about five miles east of the Livermore Municipal Airport, authorities said.

No one was injured in the landing in an open field around Sandia California National Laboratories about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities said.

A spokesman from the Alameda County Sheriff's Department said the Piper J-3 Cub had electrical issues and made the landing in a southwest buffer zone. The plane is registered to a Yuba City man, according to an FAA spokesman.

The FAA is investigating the cause of the engine problem, a spokesman said. The plane was not damaged, but it may take a couple days for fire officials to remove it, a Sandia spokesman said.

On the evening of April 16, the pilot of a single-engine Cessna 152 made an emergency landing in a field, also about five miles east of the Livermore Municipal Airport, after the plane ran out of fuel, an FAA spokesman said.

-- Kristin J. Bender, Staff


Small fire subdued at Chevron refinery

Emergency crews quickly contained a fire that broke out Monday at a steam boiler at the Chevron refinery, a facility spokeswoman said.

The small fire was reported about 3 p.m. when lube oil going to the bearings of a fan at a steam boiler ignited, spokeswoman Melissa Ritchie said. The blaze was quickly extinguished.

No injuries were reported.

-- David DeBolt, Staff


Missing man's body found in car trunk

Police are investigating a suspicious death after the body of a missing Hayward man turned up in the trunk of his car in unincorporated San Leandro.

Officers located the man's body in the car's trunk about 4:25 p.m. Friday. The victim, a 30-year-old Hayward man, had been reported missing by his family May 6.

Foul play is not suspected.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff