Blaze reported in old fire station building
Crews quickly contained a blaze in an old fire station building Thursday night, according to a fire official.
Firefighters responded to Deerfield Drive about 8:20 p.m., said a dispatcher with the Contra Costa Fire Protection District.
Smoke and flames were clearly visible in the building, which is now owned by the city of Antioch, and crews were able to contain the fire by 8:50 p.m.
No injuries were reported.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.
-- Katie Nelson, Staff
Spare the Air alert through Saturday
The streak of Bay Area no-burn days will continue through Saturday with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's announcement of another Winter Spare the Air Alert.
The alert -- the fifth straight issued by the district and the 27th since the season began on Nov. 1 -- bans the burning of wood, manufactured fire logs and other solid fuels inside or outside for 24 hours, with the exception of homes in which wood-burning is the sole source of heat.
First-time violators may be fined up to $100 or given the option of taking a wood smoke education class. Subsequent violations will result in tickets of $500 or more.
Elevated pollution levels and especially unhealthy concentrations of particulates in the South Bay provoked the latest string of alerts according to the district, though a weak low-pressure system is expected to produce strong winds and some air quality improvements across part of the Bay Area on Saturday.
-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff
98-year-old victim of home robbery
Two robbers who kicked in a door to a 98-year-old woman's house in East Oakland, holding her captive for two hours before fleeing with a television and cash after unsuccessfully trying to pull her rings off her fingers are being sought by police, investigators said Friday.
Officer Omar Daza-Quiroz, the lead investigator, said targeting such a defenseless victim "is vicious and cowardly. The suspects should be ashamed."
Police would not identify the victim.
The robbers kicked in a door to the woman's house on Eighth Avenue near East 24th Street about 11:30 a.m. Thursday while she was home alone.
They confronted the woman and at first tried to pull her rings off her fingers, police said.
When that failed, the robbers took cash from her and a necklace she was wearing, police said.
Forcing the woman to stay in one room, the robbers then spent two hours searching the house before finally leaving with a television set and other items.
The woman suffered cuts and bruises to her hands but refused medical treatment, authorities said.
One of the robbers was described as black, about 30 years old, 5 feet 10 with a skinny build and dark complexion and wearing black clothing.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the suspects. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3326 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Man charged in 2008 East Oakland killing
A man has been charged with murder in the 2008 fatal shooting of a longtime acquaintance he was upset with for bullying him, authorities said Friday.
Curtis Smith, 34, of Oakland, is charged with killing Marlan Campbell, 30, on Nov. 21, 2008, in the parking lot of a bar in the 9300 block of International Boulevard. Smith is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and with having two prior felony convictions; both for possession of cocaine for sale in 1999 and 2006.
He has twice denied killing Campbell, once during a prison interview in 2009 and again after his arrest Dec. 30 near his West Oakland home, Officer Phong Tran said.
Police said Smith and Campbell knew each other since childhood growing up in Oakland. Police said Campbell had a reputation for bullying, and when Smith finally got tired of it, that led to a confrontation between the two men that ended with Campbell being shot.
Soon after the killing police received information that Smith was the suspected gunman, but did not have any corroborating evidence at the time.
After Smith went to prison in 2009 for a San Francisco gun and narcotics conviction, Oakland detectives interviewed him but he denied involvement, and he was eventually released after serving his term.
But police recently found witnesses who identified Smith as the suspected gunman and that led to a warrant being issued for his arrest, Tran said. He is scheduled to enter a plea in court Jan. 8 and is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Public's help sought to find missing teen
Police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing at-risk teen who was last seen early Friday morning.
Samuel Brysk, 16, is described as a white male, 6 feet tall and roughly 145 pounds. He was last seen near Chardonnay Drive in Pleasanton around 5:30 a.m.
He is considered at-risk because of a medical condition, but police did not specify what condition the teen has.
Police said Brysk is most likely wearing a purple Nike hooded sweatshirt, dark sweatpants and running shoes with zip ties in place of shoelaces.
Anyone with information on Brysk's disappearance is asked to call 911 or 925-931-5100.
-- Katie Nelson, Staff
Richmond man faces charges in boy's death
A Richmond gang member has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy at an AC Transit bus stop in Richmond in 2010, a prosecutor said Friday.
Akeem Rouse had just finished a new student orientation at Gompers High School in Richmond and was waiting for a ride from his mother at a bus stop on West Macdonald Avenue at First Street on Aug. 18, 2010, when a gunman shot him several times.
Darious Lewis, 21, was identified as a suspect before being linked to the crime by DNA recovered from the gun suspected to have killed Rouse, as well as clothing dumped in the area, prosecutor Mary Knox said.
While no motive has been determined, investigators believe Lewis killed for the benefit of his Richmond street gang.
Witnesses described Lewis high-fiving another gang member after the shooting, Knox said.
Lewis was 17 at the time of the shooting but is being prosecuted as an adult. He was arrested in Solano County on Dec. 26 and is being jailed in lieu of $2.5 million bail.
-- Malaika Fraley, Staff