Skyline High to reopen after gas-line rupture
Skyline High School will reopen Wednesday for its 1,800 students after a ruptured gas line forced officials to cancel classes Tuesday.
A contractor working on the gas line Monday morning near the school's administration office "inadvertently created a rupture in the line while he was attempting to fix it," said Troy Flint, spokesman for the Oakland Unified School District.
PG&E shut off the gas line, but a missing part prevented crews from completing repairs on the Presidents Day holiday.
Flint said school police officers were on campus Tuesday morning to inform students and parents who unaware of the closure.
-- Doug Oakley, Staff
News photographer robbed of equipment
A Bay Area News Group photographer was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday while on an assignment in West Oakland.
The photographer was held up about 11:25 a.m. near 29th and West streets, according to police.
The suspects fled the scene in a car. No injuries were reported.
Veteran photographer Ross Cameron was leaving his assignment when two men with guns ran up to him and robbed him of his two cameras and two lenses.
In recent years, several news photographers and television camera crews have been robbed of their equipment in Oakland. Another BANG photographer was robbed twice at gunpoint. Some TV stations now send armed guards with media crews covering stories in Oakland.
Police are offering up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 510-238-3326 or Crime Stoppers of Oakland at 510-777-8572.
Stabbing victim ID'd as 24-year-old man
A man fatally stabbed over the weekend in a downtown parking lot was identified by police on Tuesday as Jayson Dutt, of Hayward.
Dutt, 24, was killed early Saturday morning in a city-owned lot behind Buffalo Bill's Brew Pub at 1082 B St. near Foothill Blvd., police said. Officers called to the scene shortly before 12:30 a.m. found Dutt stabbed. He died at the scene.
Police have arrested two Hayward brothers and another Hayward man on suspicion of murder in connection with Dutt's death. Daniel Ramirez, 29, his brother Robert Ramirez, 27, and Jose Vasquez, 19, also of Hayward, are due to be arraigned Wednesday, Sgt. Ken Forkus said.
Investigators believe that Dutt drove a car into the parking lot where he had been eating fast food before he came into contact with the Ramirez brothers and Vasquez, who had visited several area bars. An argument erupted, police said, and the men allegedly attacked Dutt before getting into a car and speeding off.
Several minutes later, dispatchers received a report of a single-vehicle crash on A Street at South Garden Avenue, about two miles from the city parking lot. There, officers found an abandoned Mercedes-Benz.
A short time later, two of the suspects showed up at a hospital with stab wounds, police said. Police believe the men had been in the Mercedes that crashed and that they flagged down another motorist to take them to the hospital. The men, along with the third suspect, were later arrested and booked into jail where they were being held without bail on Tuesday.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff
Man, woman linked to mall shooting arrested
Two former Oakland residents were arrested in Texas last week in connection with a shooting at Bayfair Mall a few days before Christmas, police said Tuesday.
Jacob Travenia, 25, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a 24-year-old man, who was found by police in the mall parking lot on the afternoon of Dec. 20, suffering from a gunshot wound. Police said it appears that the shooting followed a verbal dispute between the two men in a parking lot. The victim recovered from his injuries.
Detectives learned that Travenia has been living in San Antonio, Texas, and worked with police there to secure an arrest warrant for Travenia for attempted murder.
Detectives determined Travenia was staying with a woman named Brandy Halsell, 20, also formerly of Oakland. Last Tuesday, San Antonio police located and arrested Travenia on suspicion of committing the shooting and Halsell on suspicion of harboring a wanted felon.
California authorities are seeking to have the pair extradited so that they can be formally arraigned.
-- Kristin J. Bender, Staff
Get your rainbow on at the Holi Festival
The Holi Festival, a colorful celebration to kick off the start of spring, is coming to the Bishop Ranch March 14.
The free festival, which is an offshoot of an ancient annual Hindu tradition from India, is a fun, family-friendly event that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bishop Ranch 2 parking lot, 2680 Bishop Drive.
Organizers describe the event as beautiful, messy and fun. Also on tap will be plenty of free activities for the family, including face painting, henna tattoo artists, dance performances and live music, as well as mobile gourmet food trucks.
The carnival of colors allows people to frolic around playfully and chase each other with dry colored powders, covering each other with the hues of spring. Participants should bring a pair of old clothes to take part in this free family event.
For more information, call the Bishop Ranch's community and outreach office at 925-543-0100.
-- Joyce Tsai, Staff
Computer glitch creates long lines
United Airlines suffered a nationwide computer glitch that affected its boarding procedures Tuesday, creating long lines at San Francisco International Airport as thousands of passengers waited to check in manually.
The glitch started at 5:50 a.m. and lasted less than an hour, SFO duty manager Shannon Wilson said. The manual check-in slowed down boarding, but didn't affect any flights. she said. No United flights were canceled and none were delayed.
Only one United flight was affected at Mineta San Jose International Airport, spokesman Rosemary Barnes said. A United flight from Houston was delayed, thus pushing back a scheduled departure of the same flight to Houston, Barnes said. United Airlines does not fly out of Oakland.
The computers were running again at 6:40 a.m., Wilson said, and by 10 a.m., the lines at SFO started to abate.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff