HAYWARD

Vallejo man charged with murder in crash

A Vallejo man who police say caused a fatal head-on collision last month has been charged with murder, court records show.

Jesus Antonio Godinez, 19, had initially been arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter in connection to the March 22 wreck that killed 32-year-old Alejandro Ramirez-Juarez of San Leandro.

Godinez appeared Monday at the Hayward Hall of Justice and was arraigned on one count of murder and one count of DUI, court records show.

The late-night crash took place just before 10:45 p.m. on East 14th Street between Davis and Chumalia streets.

Lt. Robert McManus said that Godinez, who suffered injuries in the crash, was headed north on 14th at a "very high rate of speed" and crossed into oncoming traffic near Davis Street and struck a vehicle driven by Ramirez-Juarez.

Ramirez-Juarez was taken to a hospital but died the following day.

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 nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

Godinez was being held without bail Monday at the Santa Rita Jail.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

OAKLAND

Man, boy wounded in separate shootings

A man was wounded in the stomach and a teenager in the hand in separate shootings Tuesday morning in East Oakland, police said.

The man, whose name and age were not released, was found shot about 6:52 a.m. Tuesday inside a vacant house in the 1700 block of Church Street in the Havenscourt district. He was taken to a hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition.

Police don't have a motive for the shooting and no arrests have been made.

About 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, a teenage boy walked into UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland with a gunshot wound to the hand. Police were trying to confirm the teen's age. He was in stable condition.

He told police he was shot in Cesar Chavez Park in the 3700 block of Foothill Boulevard in the Fruitvale district. No other details were released about motive or possible suspects or how the boy got to the hospital.

The shootings do not appear to be related, police said.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money in each shooting for information leading to the arrest of the shooters. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

FREMONT

Man arrested after break-in at business

A 54-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary in connection to a break-in at an acupuncture business in the city's Central Downtown district over the weekend, police said.

Officers responded at 3:05 a.m. Sunday to a security guard's report of a burglary at a commercial complex in the 39000 block of Paseo Padre Parkway, said police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.

Police said the suspect, later identified by officers as Dale Moon, of Oakland, cut a hole through drywall to get inside Joy Acupuncture, then reportedly pilfered items from the business.

Officers found the suspect hiding on the second floor of the complex at another business, Fuddeno Bros. Inc., then surrounded the building and ordered the suspect to come out.

At first the suspect refused to leave a locked office inside Fuddeno Bros., but he later came out of the business without incident, Bosques said.

Officers arrested Moon, who reportedly had a bag full of items that included a gold chain, gift cards, a pocket watch and origami-folded dollar bills.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

BERKELEY

Police: Man orders pit bull to attack woman

A man reportedly ordered his pit bull to attack a woman following an argument in People's Park on Sunday, authorities said. It all started around 7:30 p.m. when the 22-year-old woman and her friends got into an argument with another group near the basketball court, UC Berkeley police said.

One man kicked the woman and forced her out of the park and onto Dwight Way by pushing her several times, police said. The man then reportedly gave a command to his pit bull to attack the woman.

The woman was later treated for a bite on her arm at a Berkeley hospital. University police who patrol the park searched for the suspect but did not find him.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s, about 6 feet tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds, with shoulder-length blonde dreadlocks. He has a triangle tattooed on his chin, another triangle under his left eye and three dots tattooed down his nose.

-- David DeBolt, Staff