School district leader set to retire early
The Emery Unified School District still refuses to say why Superintendent Debbra Lindo is no longer leading the two-school district, but the school board confirmed Friday that she is officially retiring as of this month -- six months ahead of the schedule she had announced in October.
The board also announced that it has hired not just one, but two former Emeryville superintendents to guide the city's schools until a permanent replacement is chosen. John Quinn and John Sugiyama will work together to serve as interim superintendent through the end of the 2014 school year.
Lindo's unexpectedly early departure followed an unusual series of closed-session school board meetings that began in December. "We wish her all the best in her future endeavors," said a written board statement Friday that also thanked Lindo for her service.
-- Matt O'Brien, Staff
Man convicted of student's slaying
An Alameda County jury on Friday convicted an Oakland man of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a 19-year-old Laney College student outside the victim's home in 2012.
Remon McDaniel, 38, faces 50 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced March 14 for killing Isaac Jamal White on Willow Pass Road in Oakland on Jan. 4, 2012, said deputy district attorney Timothy Burr Jr.
Burr argued that McDaniel and White were acquaintances, and after White refused him into his home, McDaniel felt disrespected and threatened White. Two hours later, White exited his home while talking on his cellphone and was shot six times by McDaniel, Burr said.
Defense attorney Anne Beles argued that McDaniel was misidentified as the shooter.
The killing was Oakland's first homicide of 2012. Laney College honored White with a scholarship in his name.
-- Malaika Fraley, Staff
Pimp convicted of murdering 19-year-old
An Oakland pimp has been convicted of second-degree murder for killing a 19-year-old San Leandro woman who wanted to leave the life of prostitution and return to her family, an Alameda County prosecutor said.
A jury found 25-year-old Andre Moncrease guilty on Thursday for fatally shooting Tianna Leui on July 12, 2012, in the Starlite Motel in East Oakland. Leui had been working as a prostitute for Moncrease for about six months before he killed her because she wanted out, said deputy district attorney Laura Passaglia.
Defense attorney James Giller argued that Moncrease didn't kill the woman, but if he did, the killing was committed in the heat of passion.
Moncrease faces at least 40 years to life in prison at his sentencing on March 14.
-- Malaika Fraley, Staff
Record-tying Spare the Air alert Saturday
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued the season's 30th Winter Spare the Air Alert for Saturday, tying a record set in 2006.
The alert bans the burning of wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuels indoors and outdoors for 24 hours, including in fireplaces, woodstoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or any other wood-burning device. Homes in which wood stoves or fireplaces are the only source of heat are exempt.
First-time violators are subject to $100 tickets or given the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class online or by mail. Subsequent violations can result in tickets of $500 or more. According to the district, a high pressure system with dry, still conditions has settled in over the region causing air pollution to build up to unhealthy levels.
The Winter Spare the Air season runs until Feb. 28.
-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff
Officials ID second man killed by CHP
A man fatally shot Tuesday night by California Highway Patrol officers who said he ran from an SUV and pointed a gun at them, has been identified as Jose Munguia, 21, of Oakland, authorities said Friday.
Police said they believe they have recovered the Toyota SUV that Munguia ran from, whose driver drove off after the shooting.
Police have not yet confirmed if it is the same vehicle, which was found on fire about 5:30 a.m. Thursday in the 1500 block of 67th Avenue. If it turns out to be the same SUV, it was stolen in San Jose sometime before the shooting, police said.
Two CHP officers in a marked patrol car stopped the vehicle about 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 5200 block of Wentworth Avenue in East Oakland for not having license plates.
Munguia ran from the vehicle holding a loaded pistol, that police said had an extended magazine.
A dog with the officers started chasing him and had engaged Munguia who was shot after the officers said he pointed the gun at them, police said. The dog was wounded in its paw by one of the CHP gunshots.
While the officers were giving Munguia first aid, the driver of the SUV drove off, possibly with other passengers. Munguia died at the scene and police are still seeking whoever else was in the SUV.
About 3 a.m. Tuesday 19-year-old Antonio Mestas of Oakland was also fatally shot by two CHP officers after running from a stolen SUV and pointing a gun at them, authorities said. The shooting happened on a cul-de-sac in the 5700 block of East 15th Street.
-- Harry Harris, Staff