Police investigate shooting in Chinatown
A 17-year-old girl was shot and killed Thursday afternoon at a Chinatown apartment building and investigators are looking for her younger brother in connection with the slaying, police said.
The shooting was reported shortly after noon in a fifth-floor unit at 801 Franklin St., police said. The victim, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police did not release a description of the 14-year-old brother, who is wanted by police in the shooting.
Police don't yet have a motive in the killing, the eighth homicide in Oakland this year.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information should call the Oakland Police Department's homicide unit at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572. There is a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
-- Kristin J. Bender and Harry Harris, Staff
Mission Boulevard reopens after crash
The commute was sluggish Thursday morning on a few south Alameda County roadways, including Mission Boulevard where a utility pole was down, according to the California Highway Patrol.
All lanes of Mission were closed to traffic after a utility pole fell just before 2:45 a.m. at Rose Street in North Hayward, said Officer Ron Simmons. The road was shut down until about 8:45 a.m., when Pacific Gas & Electric workers and Alameda County crews cleared the pole from the roadway, Simmons said.
Traffic was also shut down along the Interstate 880 southbound onramp at Marina Boulevard in San Leandro, according to the CHP. Crews were working to reopen the ramp closed by an overturned big rig that flipped just before 5:50 a.m.
Tow trucks were on scene as of 7:45 a.m., and there was no estimate to how long the ramp would be closed.
No injuries were reported in either incident, Simmons said.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff
Prisoner dies after falling from 4th story
A convicted murderer from San Diego County died at Marin General Hospital on Wednesday following a four-story fall at San Quentin State Prison.
Thomas Curby Henderson, 60, fell off a fourth tier on Tuesday morning at the prison, where he was serving a life term with the possibility of parole, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Corte Madera firefighters took Henderson to the hospital with major injuries. He was pronounced dead shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday.
San Quentin's Investigative Services Unit and the Marin County coroner's office are investigating the death.
Henderson, a former Poway resident, was sent to prison in 1985 after being convicted of first- and second-degree murder. He pleaded guilty to killing an ex-girlfriend and her 5-year-old son and burying them on water district property in Ramona, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The bodies were found five months later.
Henderson was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. He was scheduled to have his first parole hearing on March 12.
-- Marin Independent Journal
Police dispatch center evacuated in morning
The Richmond Police Department's communications center was up and running again Thursday morning after a backup battery system overheated and leaked fumes, prompting an evacuation.
The leak started around 4:45 a.m. when the system overheated and released fumes that smelled like sulfur, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. The police dispatch center is located at Nevin Avenue and 27th Street, across from City Hall.
As dispatchers were evacuated, at least one official in the dispatch center alerted the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office, and a switch of computer systems at the Sheriff's Office allowed all calls to Richmond to be sent to the Sheriff's Office dispatch.
Sheriff's Office dispatchers then relayed information to Richmond police.
The backup power was restored later Thursday morning, and the dispatch center began operating around 8 a.m., Abetkov said.
The Richmond Police Department also dispatches for El Cerrito, San Pablo and Kensington.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff
Woman arrested in slaying of man, 47
Vallejo police arrested a 30-year-old woman Wednesday in the shooting death of a Vallejo man.
Police identified the suspect as Angela Black, of Vallejo, and said she has been booked on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.
The slaying was the city's second homicide of the year and the second since Saturday.
A 47-year-old man, whose identity has not yet been released by police, was shot and killed before 6 a.m. Wednesday in the Vallejo Mobile Estates at a home in the 100 block of San Miguel Road.
Police said early Wednesday night that Black also tried to kill a second person in the mobile home and that police later recovered a gun.
The sequence of events began at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday when police were called to the park, with an entrance on Lincoln Road West, in response to reports of a possible shooting.
-- Vallejo Times-Herald
Teen who stole Fieri's car is sentenced
Max Wade, the Marin County teenager convicted of a string of crimes that included a drive-by shooting and theft of a celebrity's $200,000 car, was sentenced to life in prison plus 21 years, four months with the possibility of parole Thursday in Marin Superior Court.
Wade, 19, was found guilty in October of attempted murder, vehicle theft and other charges. Although the crimes were committed when he was younger than 18, he was charged as an adult.
The shooting occurred on April 13, 2012, in Mill Valley. Wade was convicted of firing a gun at a truck occupied by Landon Wahlstrom, 18, and his girlfriend Eva Dedier, 17, of San Rafael.
Marin County sheriff's investigators were able to rapidly identify the suspect as Wade, who was known to supply Dedier and other teens with fake IDs. Authorities alleged that Wade desired Dedier and was jealous she was dating Wahlstrom.
The investigation led detectives to Wade's storage locker in Richmond, where they found a $200,000 Lamborghini belonging to restaurateur and TV chef Guy Fieri.
-- Gary Klien, Marin Independent Journal