San Leandro

Man killed in head-on collision identified

A San Leandro man killed in a high-speed, head-on collision over the weekend has been identified as 32-year-old Alejandro Ramirez-Juarez.

Ramirez-Juarez died after the Saturday night crash on East 14th Street, between Davis and Chumalia streets, an Alameda County coroner's office spokesman said.

Police responded to the crash about 10:45 p.m. and learned the driver of one of the vehicles, Jesus Antonio Gonzalez, was headed north on 14th at a "very high rate of speed" and crossed into oncoming traffic near Davis Street, Lt. Robert McManus said.

Gonzalez was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and was still hospitalized Monday with injuries suffered in the crash, police said.

A 56-year-old San Leandro man -- a passenger in Ramirez-Juarez's car -- was also injured and taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund and Paul Burgarino, Staff


Man shot while walking in Uptown

A man told police he was shot in the leg early Monday while walking in the Uptown district.

The man got a ride to a hospital from the two other people he was with and was in stable condition.

His name and age were not released. Police said he was an Oakland resident.

The shooting happened about 2 a.m. in the 2100 block of Franklin Street.

Police said the man told officers he was walking with another man and a woman when he heard gunshots and realized he had been hit in the leg. The other two people were not hurt.

Police said the man and the others refused to provide more details.

The motive for the shooting is not known, and no arrests have been made.

Police said there are some clubs in the area, but none of them reported having any problems.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

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Two women shot in drive-by near park

Two women were shot in an apparent drive-by shooting Sunday but were expected to live, an Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

Officers were called at 5:30 p.m. to Via Carmen, near San Lorenzo Community Park, for a report of shots fired in the area, said Sgt. J.D. Nelson.

When deputies arrived, they learned that two unidentified women had each been shot once in the leg by an unknown suspect while they were outside. The women's ages and hometowns were not immediately available.

Deputies found the women inside a home on Via Carmen with a group of people, but neither the victims nor anyone else were cooperating with law enforcement, Nelson said.

The women were transported to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley to be treated. No arrests were made, and no motive has been established in the shooting.

The incident remained under investigation on Monday, Nelson said.

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call the Sheriff's Office anonymous tip line at 510-667-3622.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff


Man charged in 2010 slaying of tattoo artist

Murder charges have been filed against a man in a fatal 2010 shooting of a former friend and business associate in East Oakland, authorities said Monday.

Michael R. Smith Jr., 36, is accused of the July 30, 2010, killing of Montago Bey Joshua, 45, of Hayward, a well-known Oakland tattoo artist.

Police said Smith and Joshua formerly worked together as tattoo artists and had a falling out over the business and other matters.

Joshua was shot outside a barber shop in the 9900 block of MacArthur Boulevard by a gunman who fled in a car. Police said they got tips at the time that Smith was the gunman but did not have enough evidence to arrest or charge him.

Officer Mike Cardoza said that after the shooting Smith fled to Oregon, but he returned to the area several months ago.

Smith was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence in January but was released when no charges were filed.

Cardoza said a relative of Joshua's heard he was back in town and had been arrested, and another person also contacted police to let them know he was in the area.

Police were then able to develop enough evidence that allowed them to obtain a probable cause warrant for Smith's arrest. He was arrested March 12 in Oakland and admitted his involvement in the killing, Cardoza said. Smith is being held at Santa Rita Jail on $3 million bail and is scheduled to enter a plea Tuesday.

-- Harry Harris, Staff


Police: Man shot after stabbing woman

A man found shot Saturday morning is suspected of stabbing his girlfriend less than 10 minutes earlier when she told him she wanted to end their relationship, police said Monday.

No one has been arrested in the shooting, police said.

Both the woman and man were hospitalized Monday. The woman was treated and released, and the man remained hospitalized in critical condition. Their names were not released.

The violence began about 10:05 a.m. Saturday when the 23-year-old woman was stabbed with a kitchen knife at her home in the 700 block of 19th Street, police said.

Investigators suspect her 29-year-old boyfriend, who has addresses in San Francisco and Emeryville, stabbed her after she told him she wanted to break up. Police said the¿ couple had been in a relationship since October.

After the stabbing, the man fled. He was found at 10:07 a.m. at 23rd Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way -- less than a half-mile away -- unconscious and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police are not sure why he went to that site and don't have any information confirming that he was chased there and shot. Several people, including some who know the woman, have been questioned in connection with the shooting.

-- Harry Harris, Staff


Winning Powerball ticket sold at store

A California lottery ticket worth $2.1 million was sold at a 7-Eleven store in Hayward, lottery officials said.

The winning Powerball ticket, which was purchased at the 7-Eleven at 130 Herder Road, matched all five numbers in Wednesday's drawing.

The winning numbers were 34, 23, 43, 19 and 2, officials said.

The ticket purchased at the Hayward 7-Eleven store missed the Powerball number of 14.

The convenience store owner who sold the winning ticket will receive about $11,000, officials said.

-- Bay City News