County offers help to victims of crime
Crime victims and their families can learn more about their rights and how to access resources at drop-in events held throughout Alameda County next week in recognition of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
The events, hosted by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, will have claim specialists, victim advocates, and representatives from the DA's office, family justice center and various community-based organizations on hand to provide information and answer questions. The events will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in a different Alameda County city each day:
For details, contact the Alameda County District Attorney's Victim-Witness Assistance Division at 510-272-6180.
-- Malaika Fraley, Staff
AC Transit board meeting Wednesday
AC Transit is bringing its board meeting to El Cerrito at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the council chamber at City Hall, "affording bus riders and the general public in the northern cities of the service area a more convenient opportunity to attend and participate," according to the agency.
The tentative agenda includes regional planning for the next generation of the Clipper fare-payment system; assessment of route performance by service category; procurement for small transit vehicles; solar power installations at district facilities; and planning for fare changes effective July 1.
City Hall is at 10890 San Pablo Ave.
-- Chris Treadway, Staff
Man found dead in apartment stairwell
A male's body was found dead in the stairwell of his Hayward apartment complex early Thursday morning, and police were treating the incident as suspicious.
The victim, whose name and age have not been released pending notification of next of kin, was found shortly after 1:30 a.m. by neighbors who live in the 27000 block of Manon Avenue.
The victim was found laying at the bottom of a stairwell, Sgt. Mark Ormsby said.
He had no visible injuries and no scuffle was heard, Ormsby said.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday, although it will take up to three months for a toxicology report to be complete.
-- Karina Ioffee, Natalie Alund, Staff
Man bound during home robbery
A man was tied up and blindfolded while two men robbed his home Wednesday, police said.
Around 2:20 p.m., San Leandro police responded to a call of a home-invasion robbery in the 1100 block of Donovan Drive.
The victim told police that two men, one armed with a handgun, forced themselves into his house.
The victim was blindfolded and sprayed with a pepper spray-type chemical while his home was ransacked, police said. After the men fled, the victim was able to free himself and notify a neighbor, who called police.
It is unknown what was taken from the home, and the man did not need medical attention, police said. Police did not have a complete description of either intruder.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 510-577-3230 or leave an anonymous tip at 510-577-3278.
-- Katie Nelson, Staff
Motorcyclist busted for reckless driving
A San Leandro man was arrested for recklessly driving his motorcycle -- performing wheelies and other stunts -- Wednesday afternoon on eastbound Interstate 580 after he was spotted and followed to his home by a California Highway Patrol plane.
Around 3:40 p.m., CHP airplane A37 spotted a motorcyclist traveling between 100 mph and 120 mph on I-580 just east of the MacArthur Maze, CHP Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said. The aircraft followed him down I-580, where officers saw Corey McDonah doing wheelies and other stunts on the bike.
The airplane followed the motorcyclist to his home, where he parked the motorcycle and went inside. Guided by the plane crew, ground units made their way to the home and arrested McDonah on suspicion of reckless driving, Wilkenfeld said.
-- Katie Nelson, Staff
Brushy Peak preserve expands by 79 areas
Brushy Peak Regional Preserve is expanding by 79 acres, protecting land suitable for hiking and protecting wildlife habitat in grasslands north of Livermore.
The East Bay Regional Park District board agreed Tuesday to pay $550,000 for the land known as Eddie's Flat, located off Vasco Road north of Livermore.
The land will not open to the public for some time, until plans are made and carried out to provide public access.
Funding for the purchase comes from three sources outside the park district. They include: $250,000 from a fund supported by Altamont Landfill environmental fees, $250,000 from Livermore's Dougherty Valley development settlement, and $50,000 from an Alameda County surplus property fund to offset impacts of a development in the Staples Ranch area.
The new park land is adjacent to a 28,000-acre wildlife corridor that includes the Los Vaqueros Reservoir watershed and a preserve for vernal pools.
-- Denis Cuff, Staff
Motorist fatally hit on Interstate 880
A man was killed early Wednesday when he was struck while walking along Interstate 880 after being involved in a crash, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The CHP initially received calls around 12:10 a.m. of a Toyota Tacoma along the side of the road between the High Street and the 66th Avenue exits. The car had supposedly spun out and was struck by another car shortly after the initial crash.
After that collision, a man inside the truck was walking southbound along the shoulder when he was struck by a 2012 Dodge Charger. He was declared dead at the scene by paramedics and later identified by the Alameda County coroner's office as Joshua Tessman, 26, of Fremont.
-- Katie Nelson, Staff, Bay City News