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Man convicted of threatening judge

An Oakland man faces up to three years in prison for death threats he made to an Alameda County Superior Court judge in legal motions.

Jamal Austin, 59, was convicted by jury on Friday of one felony count of threatening a public official for threats he made against Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jacob Blea III in 2012 and 2013.

Blea at the time was heading the court's appellate division and Austin, acting as his own attorney, wanted his appeal granted in an excessive force civil compliant against Emeryville police and Highland Hospital that had been thrown out by another judge, said deputy district attorney Neil Layton.

Austin's threats were increasingly specific, escalating to a statement in a January 2013 motion that Blea should be "removed or killed" and told the judge it was his "last chance to redeem" himself, Layton said. Austin has been in jail custody since he was arrested for the threats in March 2013.

Austin acted as his own attorney at trial and argued that he never intended to threaten the judge and he was being prosecuted as part of a conspiracy against him, Layton said. A sentencing date will be picked Monday.

-- Malaika Fraley, Staff

BERKELEY

Pedestrian, 98, fatally struck by car

A 98-year-old man died from injuries sustained after being struck by a car Friday, police said.


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Around 12:23 p.m., Berkeley officers responded to a collision at the intersection of Bancroft Way and Sacramento Street.

When officers arrived, they were told a car struck a 98-year-old pedestrian while he was crossing the street.

The pedestrian spoke to officers at the scene and was taken to a hospital for treatment. But around 6 p.m. Friday, police were notified the man, identified by the Alameda County coroner's office as Joseph Luft, had succumbed to his injuries.

Police said it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision and that the driver involved in the crash is cooperating with investigators.

Anyone with information on the collision can call the department's traffic bureau at 510-981-5980 or the nonemergency number at 510-981-5900. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

Oakland

Police investigating city's 26th homicide

Police are investigating the city's 26th homicide of the year after a woman's body was found outside the FM Smith Recreation Center early Saturday.

Around 6:39 a.m., police responded to the center at 1969 Park Blvd. on reports of a woman's body on the ground.

According to police, a passing bicyclist noticed the woman, and when officers arrived, there was apparent trauma to the woman's body. The victim's identity and information about a suspect or possible motives were not immediately available.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the slaying. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572 or police at 510-238-3821.

-- Harry Harris, Katie Nelson, Staff

SAN LEANDRO

Store clerks disarm would-be robber

Two 7-Eleven employees disarmed men trying to rob their store Friday night before calling for help, according to police.

At 11:55 p.m., a man wearing a ski mask and armed with a handgun walked into the 7-Eleven store at 333 E. 14th St. and attempted to rob the cashiers, police said.

He was foiled when the two employees charged and attempted to detain him until police arrived. There was a brief struggle, in which the suspect managed to escape, leaving the handgun behind, police added.

Responding officers were unable to locate the robber.

"We are extremely lucky no one was injured," said Lt. Robert McManus in a news release. "Although we do not advocate that anyone approach someone with a weapon such as a knife or firearm, the quick actions of both employees disarmed the suspect and took a gun off the street that could have been used in another robbery or a shooting. Their actions were very brave."

Detectives are using the store's surveillance video to try to identify the suspect.

Anyone with information on this incident can contact the San Leandro Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at 510-577-3230 or the anonymous tip line at 510-577-3278.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

BERKELEY

UC confirms second case of measles

A second UC Berkeley student has been diagnosed with measles, university officials confirmed Friday. The student is now in isolation.

According to a notice posted on the University Health Services website, the unidentified student attended classes on campus over the past week while infected.

Campus officials worked with the city's Public Health Department to notify anyone who may have been exposed to the disease.

This is the second reported case of measles at the university. The first case was reported in February, when a student, recently back from a trip to Asia, contracted the disease yet still attended classes on campus.

The measles virus can stay in the air for up to two hours after a person coughs or sneezes. People who are vaccinated or have already had measles are unlikely to catch the illness, even if they had contact with a contagious person, according to health officials.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

Walnut Creek

Woman reports robbery outside Corners Tavern

Police are on the lookout for a man who allegedly used a gun to rob a woman of her purse and iPhone.

At 11:17 p.m., Walnut Creek officers responded to Corners Tavern at 1342 Broadway Plaza after reports of an armed robbery, according to police.

When they arrived, a woman told them she was in front of the bar when a man with a gun took her things. Police have not located the suspect, and no one was hurt.

The suspect is described as a man with a dark complexion, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt or jacket with a scarf over his face. He was believed to be in his early 20s and about 6 feet 1 inch tall, with a medium build, police said.

The woman told police the suspect fled in a red Honda hatchback, possibly a Honda Civic, being driven by a second person. Officers searched for the area but were unable to locate either the suspects or the car.

Anyone with information on this incident can call the Walnut Creek Police Department at 925-943-5844.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff