OAKLAND

Driver killed chasing friend's stolen car

A San Leandro man killed March 9 on Interstate 880 suffered his fatal injuries while chasing down a car that had been stolen from a friend, the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

Paul Cao, 32, was killed when the minivan he was driving collided with a stolen Honda sedan that he was pursuing. A passenger in the van, the owner of the Honda, was seriously injured. The thief driving the Honda ran from the freeway following the wreck and is still being sought.

The CHP released video and photographs Tuesday showing the Honda being stolen, in hopes it might lead to the suspect. Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said Cao had borrowed the Honda from a friend in San Leandro on March 9.

The video from a surveillance camera shows Cao parking the Honda and going inside a house on Army Street near Kelly Avenue. A red Jeep Cherokee is seen driving by, then backing up and parking. A man, believed to be Latino, age 20 to 30, is seen putting on a hooded sweatshirt, then getting into the unlocked Honda.

Wilkenfeld said CHP investigators still don't know the sequence of events that led to the collision.

The CHP is asking anyone with information about the theft, collision or suspect to contact investigators at 800 TELL CHP or 510-450-3821.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

FREMONT

Early-morning fire under investigation

Fire investigators are looking into the cause of an early-morning fire that left one woman and her three dogs without a home, according to the Fremont Fire Department.

The incident was reported at 5:20 a.m. in the 35400 block of Galen Place and began in the garage, according to Captain Diane Hendry, a spokeswoman for the department. The fire was quickly extinguished but the main home suffered smoke damage, displacing the resident temporarily.

Total damages of the fire were estimated at $125,000, but no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated.

-- Karina Ioffee, Staff

OAKLAND

Man stabbed during robbery near coliseum

A man was robbed and stabbed in East Oakland Tuesday morning, police said.

The man's name and age were not released. He was in stable condition at a hospital and is expected to recover.

The violent confrontation happened about 11:25 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of 71st Avenue and Hamilton Street, within sight of O.co Coliseum.

At least two and possibly three robbers confronted the man, robbed him of a cellphone and stabbed him.

It was not immediately known if the man resisted the robbers.

The suspects fled in a car.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

OAKLAND

Suspicious fire heavily damages market

A suspicious fire heavily damaged an East Oakland market early Tuesday, leaving in doubt when it might reopen, authorities said.

Firefighters responding to the In and Out Food Market, 8132 MacArthur Blvd., about 2:52 a.m. Tuesday found fires had started inside at two different areas, Batallion Chief Emon Usher said. "One did not start the other," he said.

That, and the fact that the market was "locked up tight" with security features such as a roll up door in place, was enough to deem it suspicious, Usher said. He said there was no sign of any forced entry.

It took 17 firefighters more than a half-hour to control the fire. No injuries were reported.

Officials said there was little damage to the cinder block structure itself, but that fire and heat inside caused more than $100,000 damage to food products and other areas.

Usher said it would be some time before the market could reopen.

Investigators have not been able to determine yet what caused the fires.

The market owner, whose name was not released, was contacted later by fire officials and told them the market had closed at its normal time of 5 p.m. on Monday. The market is insured, the owner told officials.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

alameda county

Trial date set for Livermore lab layoffs

A trial date has been set for the next round of plaintiffs involved in an age discrimination lawsuit against Lawrence Livermore National Lab management, stemming from the layoff of 430 workers in 2008.

The claims of 10 of the 130 total plaintiffs -- former lab scientists and engineers alleging Lawrence Livermore National Security unfairly targeted senior employees for dismissal -- will be tried in Alameda County Superior Court on Jan. 26.

The plaintiffs are suing for wrongful termination, breach of contract, age discrimination, and other claims.

In Phase 1 of the trial, in May 2013, a jury found lab operators -- a partnership headed by the University of California and Bechtel Corp. -- breached contracts with five of the plaintiffs, awarding them $2.7 million in damages. During the trial's second phase, in December, a separate jury ruled in favor of the lab on the age discrimination claims, finding the layoffs did not disproportionately affect employees 40 and older.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff