OAKLAND

Woman, 19, dies after rollover crash in hills

A 19-year-old Oakland woman died and a man was hospitalized when an SUV rolled over Tuesday morning on Redwood Road in the Oakland hills, police said.

The solo-vehicle wreck happened about 8:54 a.m. at the intersection of Redwood and Campus Drive, near Carl B. Munck Elementary School, according to police.

The SUV was heading southbound on Redwood when the driver lost control, jumped the sidewalk, crashed into an embankment and rolled over, coming to rest on its roof in the roadway. It was not known why the driver, an Oakland man, lost control of the car.

The woman, a passenger in the SUV, was extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The two were friends, police said.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

emeryville

Suspect arrested in attempted kidnapping

Police arrested a 20-year-old Emeryville man suspected of trying to kidnap a 7-year-old girl Monday night at the Powell Street Plaza.

The girl and her mother had left Starbucks Coffee just before 5 p.m. when Gabriel Weathersbee, 20, allegedly walked up behind the child, picked her up and carried her away into the parking lot, according to Emeryville police.

The mother started yelling and Weathersbee reportedly dropped the child about 30 feet away, police said.

Police were alerted and a nearby security guard followed Weathersbee, pointing him out to officers when they arrived.

Emeryville police had previous contact with Weathersbee in November, when he was sent to John George Psychiatric Hospital for a psychiatric hold, police said.

-- Staff

YUBA CITY

Farmer pleads guilty in pot growing scheme

A Northern California farmer renowned nationally for his heirloom tomatoes has pleaded guilty to leasing out his greenhouses for growing marijuana.

Sixty-four-year-old Thomas Jopson of Sutter County pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture at least 50 marijuana plants, three years after 2,168 marijuana plants were seized from the ranch of Thomas and David Jopson in Rio Oso.

The Sacramento Bee reports that an Oakland medical marijuana entrepreneur, Yan Ebyam, faces trial March 3 for allegedly setting up marijuana cultivations at the ranch and at a wholesale florist greenhouse in Sacramento County.

U.S. District Judge United States John A. Mendez ordered Thomas Jopson to appear for sentencing June 24. According to statements in court, David Jopson is expected to plead guilty on Feb. 18.

-- Associated Press

OAKLAND

Man found stabbed to death in West Oakland

Police were investigating an apparent stabbing death Tuesday morning in West Oakland.

Officers found a man lying at the bottom of a staircase leading to a two-story house in the 600 block of 31st Street, in a neighborhood between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and West Street.

The incident happened about 11 a.m. and the man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. It was not known if he lived at the address.

A man who is a possible suspect was detained a few blocks from the scene, police said. No motive was released.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

PLEASANTON

Campana Jazz Festival draws music students

An all-day jazz festival Saturday will feature music of jazz bands and combos from 25 Bay Area high school and middle schools. The 39th Annual Campana Jazz Festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Amador Valley High School, 1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens. Admission is free for children 5 or younger. For details, go to www.amadormusic.org.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

RICHMOND

Arrests made in mail and identity thefts

A Richmond man with a history of stealing identities has been arrested on suspicion of doing so once again, after a probation search by police revealed stolen mail, phone numbers and email information, police said.

William Edwards was arrested along with a female companion, Kalita Thomas, on Jan. 31 on suspicion of mail and identity theft after police found identifying information for approximately 80 victims in several states, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

Edwards had been on parole after being convicted of vehicle theft and identity theft in Alameda County and still has two cases in federal court pending against him on identity theft charges, Abetkov said. Police uncovered the scheme during a probation search at Edwards' residence in the 2000 block of Coalinga Avenue. During the search, police found a backpack belonging to Edwards and a purse belonging to Thomas, Abetkov said. Inside both were mail, credit card information, phone numbers and email information, Abetkov said.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff