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BART fares are going up first of the year

BART fares will rise an average of 19 cents, or 5.2 percent, starting Jan. 1.

A one-way trip from Pittsburg to the San Francisco Airport, for example, will rise by 60 cents from $11.05 to $11.65. The price for a trip from Walnut Creek to the Embarcadero Station in San Francisco will jump a quarter from $4.85 to $5.10.

The fare hike is part of the agency's regularly scheduled inflation-based increase program established in 2003.

The agency's nine-member elected board has earmarked the estimated $325 million in additional fare proceeds through 2020 to pay for new railcars, improvements at its Hayward maintenance yard and a new train control system.

-- Lisa Vorderbrueggen, Staff


Coroner identifies man in murder-suicide

A man who Alameda County Sheriff's investigators say killed his wife Christmas Day and then turned the gun on himself has been identified as Amerwinfino Lim Jr., 40.

An autopsy conducted Thursday on Lim showed that he died of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the Alameda County Coroner's Office.

A separate autopsy for Lim's 36-year-old wife is slated to take place on Friday, a coroner's spokeswoman said. Her name has not yet been released pending official identification.

Lim's wife was shot multiple times about 2 a.m. in the garage of a small yellow house on Via Amigos and her death was likely sparked by some sort of "marital discord" between the couple, Sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

He declined to discuss details or elaborate on why the fatal shooting took place but did say the couple did not have custody issues, had not filed for divorce and that no restraining order had been filed.

Three children ranging in age from 11 to 17 years and two grandparents were in the home at the time of the shooting.

One of the couple's three children was inside the garage and witnessed the shooting, Nelson said.

Neighbor Ana Quon said in all the years she lived next door to the couple, she never heard any fighting.

The children are now staying with family members, authorities said.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

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No-burn days continue through Friday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is prohibiting wood burning through Friday, issuing another in a series of "Winter Spare the Air" alerts.

The alert, the fifth in a row and 20th announced by the district since Nov. 1, bars Bay Area residents from burning wood, fire logs, pellets or other solid fuels either indoors or outdoors. The ban lasts 24 hours.

First-time violators are subject to a $100 fine or have the option of taking a wood-smoke awareness class. Repeat offenders can face fines of $500 or more.

The Winter Spare the Air program runs through Feb. 28. This season has witnessed a stretch of 11 straight days of alerts, a record for the district.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff


Man found dead in front yard of home

Authorities are investigating what caused the death of a man whose body was found in the front yard of a home on Christmas morning. Officers responded to a 3 a.m. call from a person who lived in a home on the 24000 block of Silva Avenue who found an unresponsive man on a couch in his front yard, Sgt. Eric Melendez said.

Paramedics responded to the home but were unable to revive the man. The victim -- a 56-year-old transient known to frequent Hayward -- was pronounced dead at the scene. The man's name is being withheld pending his official identification by the Alameda County Coroner's office.

The man's cause of death remained under investigation late Thursday morning, but Melendez said there appears to be no evidence of foul play.

An autopsy is set for Friday, Melendez said.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff