NEWARK

Kitchen fire claims resident's life

A Newark man died following a kitchen fire in his home Wednesday night, a spokeswoman from the Alameda County Fire Department said Thursday.

The man's name and age were not released pending notification of his family, said a spokeswoman from the Alameda County coroner's office.

Firefighters were called to the blaze at the one-story home in the 36500 block of Darvon Street about 9:40 p.m. and found smoke throughout it, said fire department spokeswoman Aisha Knowles.

Crews had the fire out in about 10 minutes. The man, the only resident, died later at a hospital, Knowles said.

The fire's cause remains under investigation, but Knowles said it was apparently accidental and started in the kitchen. A damage estimate to the home was not immediately available, she said.

-- Kristin J. Bender, staff

OAKLAND

Man fatally shot in East Oakland robbery

A 24-year-old Oakland man died from his wounds early Thursday after he was robbed and shot in East Oakland, police said.

Brandon Clemens was shot and killed about 11:56 p.m. Wednesday in the 2000 block of 14th Avenue, police said. He was walking with a 25-year-old friend, who was also robbed but not injured, while walking home to their West Oakland homes after visiting another friend, police said.


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As they were walking they were confronted by two men who demanded their valuables, Sgt. Mike Gantt said.

Police have not released information about why Clemens was shot during the robbery and did not reveal what was taken from the two men.

Paramedics pronounced Clemens dead at the scene at 12:26 a.m. Thursday.

The killing was Oakland's third homicide of the year. Last year at this time there were six homicides in the city.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $15,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrests of the suspects. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

In another shooting Wednesday night, a man was wounded in the leg about 9:10 p.m. in the 9000 block of International Boulevard. He was able to get to a hospital on his own and was in stable condition. No motive was released for the shooting and no arrests have been made, police said.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

SAN LEANDRO

Chase leads to arrest of car theft suspect

A man who fled in a stolen car after police interrupted him burglarizing another one was arrested with the help of a police dog early Thursday morning, police said.

Suspect John Henry Lee is accused of leading police on a chase from San Leandro to Oakland before crashing into a tree and street sign at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and East Eighth Street in Oakland, San Leandro police Lt. Rick DeCosta said. He then tried to escape on foot but was chased down by a police dog, he said.

Lee was arrested on suspicion of auto burglary, auto theft and possession of a firearm after being treated for minor dog-bite and other injuries at a hospital, DeCosta said.

The chase began after police interrupted an auto burglary on Dolores Avenue near the San Leandro BART station just before 12:15 a.m., DeCosta said. When police arrived, Lee allegedly jumped into another car and drove away at high speed, he said.

Police used their lights and sirens to try to pull over the car, DeCosta said, but their commands were ignored. The chase then continued north on Bancroft Avenue and into Oakland through back streets for about 20 minutes until Lee crashed, he said.

Police said Lee left the car after the wreck and tried to flee on foot but was tracked down by a police dog. The crashed car was confirmed stolen from San Leandro BART police jurisdiction.

Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity near the BART station before the chase began is urged to call police at 510-577-3230.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

OAKLAND

Man fatally hit by car on I-580

A man who police say staggered onto eastbound Interstate 580 died Wednesday morning when he was struck by a car on the freeway, the California Highway Patrol said.

Officers arrived at the scene just after 1:11 a.m., after receiving calls that a man was hit near the Edwards Avenue exit, CHP Officer Daniel Hill said. When police arrived, the man was down in the center median, and a Chrysler 300 was pulled over to the right shoulder, Hill said.

Paramedics provided emergency medical aid, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. His identification was not released pending notification of family.

A woman who was driving the Chrysler told police the man was walking in the No. 3 lane toward the No. 1 lane and walked directly in the path of her vehicle, Hill said. The Chrysler was in the No. 2 lane when the man walked in front of it, Hill said.

The woman was cooperating with police, the CHP said.

The CHP is urging anyone who may have seen the collision to call the CHP's Oakland-area office at 510-450-3821 or the CHP's nonemergency public access number at 800-835-5247.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

oakland

Bank robbed at gunpoint

A gunman with a demand note robbed a Grand Lake district bank Wednesday morning, police said.

The robbery happened about 11 a.m. at the Citibank branch, 3304 Grand Ave.

Police said the man went to a teller and showed her a gun and a note demanding money.

He left the bank with more than $1,000 and possibly got into a gray sedan, authorities said. No one was hurt.

Police said the robber was white, in his late 20s, about 6 foot 2 inches and 140 pounds with a blond goatee. He wore sunglasses, a Raiders beanie and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $3,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the robber. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3326 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

SAN FRANCISCO

Missing Piedmont woman found dead

Officials said Thursday that a 72-year-old woman missing from Piedmont was found dead in a San Francisco hotel room.

Although it was initially reported that the woman was found safe, a spokesman for the Office of the San Francisco Medical Examiner said Jill Reese was found dead about 10 a.m. Wednesday at a hotel in the 700 block of Market Street. The spokesman said a cause of death is pending.

The name of the hotel was not released and circumstances surrounding her death were also not released.

San Francisco police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said police are not investigating the death as a homicide.

Reese was last seen at 11 a.m. Tuesday leaving her Piedmont home, driving a 2013 gray Lexus RS 350, police said.

Reese did not show up for an appointment in Orinda on Tuesday and did not return home by 5 p.m. as expected, police said.

-- Kristin J. Bender, Staff