Judge to decide fate of radio station director
An Alameda County judge will rule on Tuesday whether the fired director of a nonprofit that runs Berkeley radio station KPFA can be removed from the office she has occupied since March 13.
Judge Ioana Petrou will decide if board members of Pacific Foundation Radio can have Summer Reese removed from the office she broke into and where she has been living with her mother and supporters after she was fired on an 11-7 vote. Pacifica runs KPFA and four other radio stations around the country.
At the same time, the judge will conduct a hearing in a lawsuit brought by supporters of Reese who want her reinstated.
"After over 40 days of an unlawful takeover, we have to put this to an end," Pacifica Foundation Radio lawyer Dan Siegel told Petrou Monday morning in Oakland. "Ms. Reese has taken the law into her own hands. She is sleeping there. It's not legal. The rules of employment apply to Pacifica in the same way as any other place of employment. She just needs to get out and let the foundation operate."
Reese's lawyer, Eric Jacobson, told Petrou during the hearing that "the whole underlying case is about the validity of her termination. If the discharge is invalid, there is no discharge. She could have resigned, sued for damages or returned to work. She chose the latter. And Ms. Reese should be able to continue to do her work."
-- Doug Oakley, Staff
Dying declaration leads to charge
The last words of a man fatally shot last October near the Coliseum BART Station has led to murder charges being filed against the man suspected of shooting him, authorities said Tuesday.
John Reed, 37, is accused of killing Damon Jones on Oct. 27, 2013 in the area of 72nd Avenue and Hawley Street as Jones was walking to a relative's residence nearby where he worked as a home caregiver, police said. He died later at a hospital.
Sgt. Robert Rosin said in court documents that Jones was able to give a "dying declaration" before he passed away, saying that Reed was responsible for shooting him.
Those last words, along with corroborating statements from witnesses located during the investigation, led to Reed being arrested April 11 at his East Oakland home and then charged April 14 with the killing.
Rosin would only say that police believe the men were involved in a personal dispute that led to the shooting.
Reed declined to talk to investigators.
Besides the murder count, Reed is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities said Reed has two prior felony convictions in Contra Costa County in Sept. 2004; one for first-degree residential robbery and the other for assault with a firearm. He is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail and is scheduled to enter a plea May 12.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Stabbing victim undergoes surgery
A stabbing victim arrived at Eden Medical Center early Monday morning and said he'd been attacked along Mission Boulevard, a police spokesman said.
The man, whose identity was not immediately known, walked into the Castro Valley hospital at 3:56 a.m. with a friend, said Sgt. Mark Ormsby. The man told hospital workers he'd been stabbed by an unknown suspect while walking on Mission Boulevard, but his friend told employees that he'd been stabbed in Oakland. Oakland police arrived but when they attempted to interview the man's friend, they could not find him. The victim underwent emergency surgery and was expected to survive.
Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call police at 510-293-7000 or the anonymous tip line at 510-293-7197.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff
Man arrested in baseball bat attack
A 23-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly hitting two people over the head with a baseball bat outside a fraternity house Sunday, police said.
Frank Watson, of Oakland, was arrested after the early Sunday attack. Police held him on suspicion of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon and a probation violation, according to Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats.
Police say Watson arrived in a car on the 2700 block of Durant Avenue at 1:25 a.m. as two groups were fighting in a UC Berkeley fraternity house parking lot. Watson allegedly grabbed a baseball bat from the trunk of the car and hit two people over the head, causing significant injuries to each victim.
The victims were taken to a hospital to be treated for head injuries. Watson did not release any information about their condition Monday.
Watson was arrested a short time later after trying to run from police officers during a car stop near Warring and Parker streets.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Police investigate armed robberies
Police say a group of men robbed a man at gunpoint in Centerville Community Park over the weekend and attempted to rob another man shortly after.
Officers were dispatched at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday to the park just north of Washington High School after an 18-year-old victim dialed 911 to report he was robbed at gunpoint by three to four male suspects, said police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.
The men stole the victim's smartphone, iPod and San Jose Sharks hat, Bosques said.
As that call was coming in, another victim -- a 20-year-old man -- called 911 to report the same suspects had also attempted to rob him in the park. But that time the suspects left empty-handed, Bosques said.
Police searched the area but did not locate the suspects. The suspect armed with the gun was described as 18 to 20 years old with dark shoulder-length wavy hair. He was seen leaving in a brown vehicle with two to three other men.
Anyone with information about the incidents can call police at 510-790-6800 or the anonymous tip line at 510-494-4856.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff