Antioch

Police officer shoots, wounds armed man

A veteran Antioch police officer shot an armed man who ran from police on Monday, authorities said.

The man, who was allegedly armed with a handgun, ran off when police officers approached him and others in the 1600 block of Sycamore Drive at 4:16 p.m., Capt. Leonard Orman said.

An officer, who was not identified but who has been with the department for about 10 years, shot the man while trying to detain him, Orman said. The man was conscious and talking when taken by helicopter to a hospital with a non-life-threatening wound. No officers were injured.

Four other men were detained on Sycamore Drive, police said.

Last month, police responded to three shootings in three days in the Sycamore Drive neighborhood, a densely populated area of Antioch that has accounted for a large percentage of the city's violent crime.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

Walnut Creek

Man with hatchet who robbed store sought

Police were searching Monday for a man with a hatchet who robbed a 7-Eleven store late Sunday.

The robbery occurred around 11 p.m. at the store in the 300 block of N. Civic Drive, police said. A man with a white T-shirt or towel over his face and armed with a hatchet took money from the register and then fled in a newer, four-door vehicle, police said.

The suspect was described by police as a white man in his mid- to late 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, police said.

The employee working at the 7-Eleven was not injured.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

East Bay

Former Hayward man wins Tony Award

Former Hayward resident and 1998 Cal State East Bay graduate James Monroe Iglehart won a Tony Award on Sunday for his role as the Genie in the new Disney musical "Aladdin."

Iglehart won a Tony for best featured actor in a musical for the role, which includes a showstopping, nearly 11-minute song-and-dance number, "Friend Like Me." Iglehart also won a Drama Desk Award and Toronto Theatre Critics Association Award for the same part. He performed with the cast of "Aladdin" at Sunday's Tony Awards ceremony.

Iglehart grew up in Hayward and has made his mark in Bay Area theater. He performed in "Bat Boy" for TheatreWorks in Palo Alto and in "Grease" for American Musical Theatre of San Jose. On Broadway, he has appeared in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and "Memphis," the Tony-winning musical that originated at TheatreWorks.

-- Randy McMullen, Staff

Alamo

2 firefighters suffer heat injuries in blaze

A two-alarm fire damaged a vacant house in Alamo and left two firefighters with heat-related injuries Monday afternoon, a San Ramon Valley Fire District spokeswoman said.

Neighbors called 911 to report the fire at the house under construction at 65 Las Quebradas Lane around 1:05 p.m., fire district spokeswoman Kimberly French said.

Arriving crews saw a fire that appeared to have spread from the single-story structure's side yard to its attic area, French said.

Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in about 30 minutes, she said.

Two firefighters suffered heat-related injuries and at least one was taken to a hospital for treatment, French said. Temperatures in Alamo at the time of the fire topped 100 degrees.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

-- Bay City News Service

Antioch

15 people arrested in police sweep

Police conducting parole searches and other enforcement actions arrested 15 people last week on charges ranging from narcotics possession to counterfeiting.

Officers and detectives with the FBI and the Antioch and Pittsburg police departments were involved in the operation, which took place from 2 to 9 p.m. on June 5, Antioch police Sgt. Tony Morefield said.

Police also seized three loaded guns, along with narcotics and counterfeit bills.

Among the charges faced by those arrested are possession of narcotics for sale and weapon possession. Fugitive warrants were also served, Morefield said.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

PLEASANTON

Blaze breaks out in trailer behind school

A utility trailer behind Alisal Elementary School burned Monday morning but did not affect the school, a fire spokesman said.

No one was inside the trailer when it caught fire about 9:30 a.m., in the 4100 block of Kolln Street, and no injuries were reported, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Battalion Chief Joe Testa said.

Before fire crews arrived, witnesses said an administrator from the school in the 1400 block of Santa Rita Road grabbed a hose and tried to fight the fire.

Arriving firefighters extinguished the blaze.

The cause of the fire was not available. The trailer was used for construction and contained debris, Testa said.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

OAKLAND

2 arrested after laser pointed at chopper

Two Oakland men are facing federal charges on suspicion of shining a green laser pointer at a police helicopter that was assisting ground units in searching for a crime suspect Saturday in East Oakland, a California Highway Patrol spokeswoman said.

At 11:16 p.m., a CHP helicopter was helping Oakland police in the area of Seminary Avenue and Elizabeth Street when the chopper was "struck" at least seven times by a laser pointer from the sidewalk of Bancroft Avenue near Seminary Avenue, the spokesman said.

Oakland CHP units, which were already in the East Oakland area working another operation, detained and then arrested Christian Palomino, 18, and Roy Montoya, 20. A laser pointer was recovered from one of the suspects' pockets.

A flight officer aboard the chopper at the time said laser pointers reflect off the interior of the helicopter which turns the small beam into a large, extremely bright beam. This not only interferes with the flight crew's ability to assist ground units, but can also disorient or temporarily blind the pilot, the CHP spokesman said.

-- Kristin J. Bender, Staff

HAYWARD

Woman killed in house fire is identified

A 75-year-old woman who died after a one-alarm blaze gutted a Hayward home has been identified by the Alameda County coroner as Carol Flores.

Flores died after the blaze broke out just after 1 a.m. Friday in the front bedroom of the home in the 24800 block of Townsend Avenue, Hayward fire spokesman Don Nichelson said. Flores' niece and her husband were able to escape the three-bedroom house, but the fire prevented them from rescuing her, Nichelson said.

At least three dozen animals were inside or outside the home when the fire broke out and some cats, parakeets and doves perished. Nichelson said Flores was in a back bedroom, which was blocked by the smoke and flames.

Fire investigators determined the blaze may have been due to an electrical issue.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff