Discovery Bay

Former 49er receives probation in tax case

Former San Francisco 49ers left tackle William "Bubba" Paris has been sentenced in federal court in Oakland to two years of probation for failing to file a tax return for the 2006 tax year.

Paris, 53, of Discovery Bay, who now works as a motivational speaker, was sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Kandis Westmore on Thursday.

Paris pleaded guilty before Westmore in October to a misdemeanor charge of failing to file a tax return on $57,187 in income earned from his business in 2006.

Although he pleaded guilty to only one count, he admitted in a written guilty plea that he also did not file returns on $83,856 earned from the business in 2007 and $41,700 in 2008.

Paris also agreed in the plea bargain to pay the Internal Revenue Service $126,530 in restitution, which he paid in March, according to court filings.

Paris played for the 49ers from 1983 through 1990. The team won three Super Bowls during those years.

-- Bay City News Service

Antioch

Toddler who drowned in pool identified

A toddler who died Friday after he was found in a pool at a home has been identified by the Contra Costa County Coroner's office as Marceau Singh-Jackson.

Police and paramedics were called about 3:45 p.m. to the 2700 block of Zinfandel Court for a report of an unresponsive toddler, police said.


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Adults at the home said they had left 18-month-old Marceau and a 4-year-old in the backyard, but that there was a fence around the pool, Lt. Don LaDue said.

When they returned to the backyard, they found the infant inside the pool.

It was not immediately clear how the infant got into the water and police on Monday were not releasing new information about the case.

Police over the weekend were interviewing adults at the home but did not say whether they were the toddler's parents or if any charges were pending.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

Martinez

Judge rules insanity in Kensington stabbing

A judge has ruled a 58-year-old woman is not guilty by reason of insanity for stabbing her 81-year-old neighbor to death in 2012, according to the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office.

Contra Costa Judge Terri Mockler issued the ruling at a hearing Friday after Diane Sydenham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Instead of prison time, Sydenham will spend the remainder of her life in a state mental hospital.

Authorities said Sydenham stabbed retired psychologist James Durkin 28 times in the chest with a kitchen knife in August 2012. About three days after the stabbing, a neighbor found Durkin inside his Kensington home with the knife still in his chest.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

Berkeley

Climber who fell off rock from Concord

A 22-year-old Concord man may have been climbing a rock when he fell about 100 feet to his death, UC Berkeley police said Monday.

The man, identified as Lorenzo Baltazar-Trujillo, fell from a steep, rocky area near Grizzly Peak Boulevard, police said. It is not known when he fell, but a hiker found Baltazar-Trujillo's body around 2:20 p.m. Sunday.

Berkeley police Lt. Marc DeCoulode said Baltazar-Trujillo was not a student at UC Berkeley. He died at the scene. Police said there were no signs of foul play.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

Antioch

Shooting near mall leaves one injured

One person was hospitalized after gunfire broke out on an Antioch street near the Somersville Towne Center on Monday afternoon.

Police did not immediately specify the gender of the person shot, but Antioch police confirmed that the person was taken to a hospital with at least one gunshot wound. The shots were fired on Hudson Court around noon, police said.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

Oakland

Kitten rescued after tying up I-580 traffic

A stray kitten clogged traffic during the morning commute Monday after it jumped into the wheel well of a car stopped in traffic along Interstate 580, according to the California Highway Patrol.

About 8:45 a.m., a woman stopped in traffic in the fast lane of westbound I-580 near the High Street exit told officers she watched the kitten jump from the center divider into the wheel well of her black Saab.

Shortly after she called 911, a worker with the Bay Area Freeway Service Patrol arrived and pulled out the kitten, which had no collar.

The uninjured kitten was quickly adopted by an unidentified passing motorist.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

RICHMOND

Annual ride to honor killed, injured cyclists

The fourth annual Ride of Silence, a free event to raise awareness of cyclists and honor those who have been injured or killed by biking on public roadways, will set out at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday from City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza.

Interested riders will gather at 5 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza to receive armbands and receive instructions, including riding no faster than 12 mph, wearing helmets, following the rules of the road and remaining silent during the ride.

A post-ride celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the weekly Off the Grid food truck event on Fairmount Avenue in El Cerrito.

For more details and a map of the ride route, go to www.richmondbpac.org/ROS/.

-- Chris Treadway, Staff