Victim's family offers reward in murder case
Relatives of an Emeryville man shot dead last spring in North Oakland by two men who had rear-ended his car are now offering a $100,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the killing.
The family of Aya Nakano -- killed a day before his 23rd birthday -- is doing everything it can to keep the case in the public eye, and investigators plan to soon release a photo of the suspects' getaway vehicle, police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said Tuesday.
As of late last year, the family had been offering a $35,000 reward.
The 22-year-old had left a pickup basketball game at UC Berkeley and was driving a silver Jeep Cherokee along Market Street near Stanford Avenue when he was rear-ended just before 11 p.m. on June 12, police said.
Nakano and the driver of the other car, described as a newer model four-door silver sedan, pulled to the curb. After Nakano got out of his Jeep, he and the two men who were in the sedan got into an argument, police said. One of the other men pulled out a gun and fatally shot Nakano.
The men, police say, then fled south on Market Street.
Police don't know yet if Nakano knew the men or if there had been a confrontation before the crash.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Kristin Bender, Staff
Marine band can play at Scottish Games
A new federal law clears the way for a Marine Corps band to play again at the Scottish Highland Gathering and Games after a one-year absence.
In 2013, the Department of Defense barred travel for military bands playing at many community events, including the Scottish Games in Pleasanton, even if event sponsors paid the travel costs.
But now that travel restriction has been eased by an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act sponsored Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin. The bill was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on Dec. 26.
Swalwell said the Scottish Games' sponsor, the Caledonian Club of San Francisco, had funded the San Diego-based Marine band's expenses to play in previous games, and was prepared to do so again in 2013 if allowed.
Swalwell said the band's appearance in Pleasanton this September will not cost taxpayers.
-- Denis Cuff, Staff
Gas leak shuts down elementary school
A gas leak at Colonial Acres Elementary School disrupted classes for a brief period Tuesday morning, school and fire officials said.
No injuries were reported.
Fire crews were dispatched at 8:10 a.m. to the school at 17115 Meekland Ave. for a report of a gas main break, Alameda County Fire Department spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said.
Firefighters located the source of the leak and capped it until Pacific Gas & Electric workers were able to respond to secure a broken valve, Knowles said.
The school reopened a short time later, a school spokeswoman said.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff
Two men injured in Eastmont shooting
A shooting Monday night in the Eastmont District of East Oakland left two men wounded, police said.
Their wounds were not considered life-threatening.
Officers were called at 8:08 p.m. to the 7600 block of MacArthur Boulevard for a report of a man who had been shot at least once, police said.
When officers arrived they learned that another man was grazed by a bullet during the shooting.
The man who was shot was taken to a hospital to be treated for unknown injuries. The other man declined medical attention, police said.
No arrests have been made and no motive has been established yet for the shooting.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff
Memorial services for Barry Taylor Saturday
The family of philanthropist Barry Taylor, who created a foundation for children living with AIDS, diabetes and other chronic or life-threatening diseases, will hold a public celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Saturday at Camp Arroyo in Livermore.
Taylor died of a heart attack Nov. 16. He was 74.
In 1990, Taylor and his wife Elaine created The Taylor Family Foundation to raise money for children living with serious illnesses. The central piece of the foundation is Camp Arroyo in Livermore, which offers children a chance to feel normal and enjoy a camp or outdoor weekend experience. More than 3,000 children participate in the free camp each year.
Taylor made his fortune with Taylor Made Copy Systems, a copying company he started in 1972. He later sat on the board of the March of Dimes and gave to other local causes.
For details about the Jan. 11 memorial, go to www.ttff.org or call 925-455-5118. Those attending are asked to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-455-5118. Visitors will park at Wente Vineyards and take a shuttle to the camp, at 5555 Arroyo Road.
-- Karina Ioffee, Staff
Dry spell continues; Sierra may see snow
The Bay Area will not see any rain this week, forecasters said, intensifying an already dry year that has left creeks low, hills yellowed and farmers worried for their livelihoods.
The National Weather Service forecasts sunny skies throughout the rest of the week, with temperatures in the low to mid-60s. The only region that may see some rain is northern Sonoma and Mendocino counties.
The situation is only a little better in the Sierra, where a 25 percent chance of snow is forecast on Thursday.
The cause of the state's dry spell is a jet stream that usually brings rain to Northern California lingering in the Pacific Northwest.
-- Karina Ioffee and Lisa Krieger, Staff
Police dog tracks suspected car thief
A 30-year-old man tried to escape police early Tuesday, but a patrol dog ultimately tracked him down, police said.
Officers arrested Kharl Stuart on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle and evading police after finding him "between and under" two cars, after he tried to run away at the conclusion of a chase, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. Police had tried to pull over a Toyota Prius around 1:45 a.m. near the intersection of Marina Way and Barrett Avenue, Abetkov said.
The car sped east toward the Interstate 80 onramp and crashed into a fence, police said. During the chase, police learned the car had been stolen from an undisclosed city.
Police said Stuart got out and ran down the 400 block of 44th, where the Belgian Malinois police dog sniffed him out underneath the cars, Abetkov said. He was booked into the County Jail in Martinez where he was being held in lieu of $165,000 bail.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff