Oakland

Woman, 81, shot in home invasion

An 81-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder during a home invasion robbery Tuesday morning in Oakland's upper Dimond District neighborhood, police said.

The incident, which may have started as a burglary, happened about 10:30 a.m. in the 4100 block of Laguna Avenue, according to police. The woman was hospitalized in stable condition after the shooting.

Police said the suspect is described as an African-American male, about 6 feet tall in his mid-20s, about 170 pounds, wearing all dark clothing and armed with a handgun.

Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said it was unusual for police to be called to the normally quiet neighborhood, which is near Lincoln Avenue and the Mormon Temple.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

Oakland

Alameda man slain in parking lot shooting

A 25-year-old Alameda man died early Tuesday from gunshot wounds suffered Monday night in a Laurel district drugstore parking lot, police said.

The man's name was not released pending notification of relatives.

The shooting happened about 9:06 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of the Walgreens store at 3434 High St., police said.

Officers found the man with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Highland Hospital where he died at 1:35 a.m. Tuesday.

Sgt. Randy Brandwood said the man was confronted by at least one person in the parking lot who shot him and then fled in a vehicle.

Brandwood said police have not determined the motive for the shooting and don't know why the man was in the parking lot.

Even though the man was living in Alameda, police said he has lived in Oakland before and still has ties to the city.

The killing was Oakland's ninth homicide of the year. Last year at this time there had been seven homicides.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

San Leandro

Teens arrested as suspects in robbery

Two teenage boys suspected of robbing another person with a pellet gun were arrested after an officer spotted them about a block away from where the incident occurred, police said Tuesday.

Police arrested a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old after being called to the 400 block of Central Avenue around 8:26 p.m. The victim was walking on the street when the two teens approached, pointed the gun at him and demanded his belongings, police said.

Police later determined that the gun used was a pellet gun.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

BAY AREA

Grants aim to boost Medi-Cal enrollments

The California Endowment is awarding $23 million to three dozen California counties or county groups -- including 11 in the Greater Bay Area -- to help increase enrollment in Medi-Cal, the state's health program for the very poor.

As part of the terms of the award, grantees must emphasize outreach to specific populations, including those with limited English proficiency or in families of mixed-immigration status; young men of color; homeless; and those with mental illness or substance-abuse problems.

County grantees must make at least half of the funding available to community-based organizations. Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano and Sonoma counties received anywhere from $100,000 to almost $703,000 in funding.

Since Medi-Cal expansion enrollment began on October 1, about 584,000 people through the Covered California health care exchange have been determined likely eligible for Medi-Cal coverage.

Many of those are among the newly eligible population of childless adults ages 19 to 64.

The grant funding will cover activities from Feb. 1 through June 30, 2016.

-- Tracy Seipel, Staff