Mother arrested after crash kills daughter
A 31-year-old woman has been arrested after her 4-year-old daughter died from injuries sustained in a car crash earlier this month, police said Thursday.
Patricia Serratos, of Fremont, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and child endangerment, and could face more charges if a toxicology test shows she was drunk during the March 3 crash, according Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.
Police say Serratos drove on the wrong way on Osgood Road and crashed her 2002 Honda Civic into a 2000 Toyota Camry at around 12:14 a.m. The head-on crash left both Serratos and her 4-year-old daughter with major injuries. The girl died at a hospital on March 8.
Investigators said the girl was in a child car seat but Serratos did not secure the seat.
The 31-year-old driver of the Camry suffered minor injuries. Police suspect he may also have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Serratos has been booked into custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Five escape after fire burns attic, roof
A family of five escaped without injury but were in need of temporary housing after a one-alarm fire blew through a house attic and roof early Thursday morning, a Contra Costa Fire Protection District spokesman said.
The fire began in a travel trailer in the driveway of a home in the 700 block of Slater Avenue around 12:30 a.m., Fire Inspector and spokesman George Laing said. It then spread to a tree near the home, and from there to the attic.
The two adults and three children living in the single-story house were outside when fire crews arrived. Firefighters needed about 40 minutes to bring the blaze under control.
Firefighters attacked the blaze from the inside, and nobody was injured, Laing said. The cause of the fire was not known immediately, though it was not considered suspicious, Laing said.
The Red Cross helped the family to find housing, though they the home appears to be salvageable and they may eventually be able to return, he said.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff
Suspect dies at County Jail
A man who told authorities that he wanted to hurt himself died Thursday morning, hours after being booked into Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez, a Contra Costa Sheriff's Office spokesman said.
The 24-year-old, whose identity and hometown weren't released pending notification of his relatives, was booked into the facility about 1 a.m. after police arrested him on an outstanding warrant and suspicion of resisting arrest, Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Lee said. During a routine medical screening, the man made statements about wanting to harm himself and was put into a safety cell and checked regularly by deputies, Lee said.
One of the deputy sheriff's found the man unresponsive at about 7:34 a.m. Medical staff at the jail immediately tried to revive him.
An ambulance took the man to Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez where he was later pronounced dead, Lee said.
The Sheriff's Office and Contra Costa District Attorney's Office are investigating the death. Lee did not release information on a suspected cause of death, or about how the man may have harmed himself if he was in a safety cell and being checked regularly.
The death came almost one year to the day after a Pleasanton man hung himself in the same jail. A deputy sheriff found Joseph Behiel, 21, around 2:55 p.m. on March 21, 2013, after his arrest on weapons charges in San Ramon. Behiel was rushed to the hospital where he died the next day.
A coroner's inquest confirmed the suicide but did not answer questions about why he was left unsupervised despite authorities' knowledge of his mental-health history.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff
L.A. public defender arrested at SFO
A Los Angeles County public defender was arrested on assault and battery charges Monday after authorities said she drunkenly kicked a group of police officers during a tirade at San Francisco International Airport.
Monica Marie Jenkins, 36, pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday in San Mateo County Court, two days after SFO employees denied her boarding access on her flight to Los Angeles because she was too drunk to fly, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Jenkins was released from jail after entering her plea and will return to the Bay Area for her scheduled July 14 trial. She could not be reached for comment. Her office in El Monte indicated Jenkins would be back at work on Monday.
When she was denied boarding access, Jenkins reportedly became belligerent and refused suggestions to sober up and catch a later flight, and instead demanded to be taken to jail while threatening to sue arriving officers, according to Wagstaffe.
Police arrested her for being drunk in public after she broke out into song, screaming "1, 2, 3, 4, 5 o'clock rock," somewhat fumbling the lyrics of Bill Haley and the Comets' 1954 hit song, Wagstaffe said.
-- Erin Ivie, Staff