Man tried to lure girl near middle school
Police are looking for a man who tried to lure a John Muir Middle School student into his vehicle on Thursday afternoon.
The attempted child luring was not reported to police until Friday, said Lt. Mike Sobek.
About 2:15 p.m., the female student was walking home from school on Williams Street near Orchard Avenue when a man driving a white van pulled up to the curb near her and asked if she wanted a ride.
The student told police she said, "No" and that the man asked her several other questions.
The student became uncomfortable and turned and walked toward other students in the area, Sobek said. The man then fled. He was last seen driving on Williams Street.
A detailed description of the man was not available.
During the next several school days, police said they plan to provide extra patrol checks in and around the school.
"It's important to educate your children on the dangers of stranger contacts," Sobek said. "A stern 'No' like what was used in this case is helpful in preventing abductions. Also, reporting these incidents as quickly as you can will help law enforcement catch predators."
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 510-577-3230 or the Anonymous Tip Line at 510-577-3278.
Residents may also send an anonymous tip to police by texting the word SLPD and the tip to 847411.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff
Man gets jail time for threatening judge
A 59-year-old Oakland man was sentenced Friday to three years in county prison for threatening an Alameda County Superior Court judge's life in a written legal motion.
Jamal Austin, who also goes by the name Thomas Robinson, was convicted in April of one felony count of threatening a public official for threats he made against Judge Jacob Blea III in 2012 and 2013 while acting as his own attorney in an excessive force case against Emeryville police and Highland Hospital.
Another judge had tossed out Austin's lawsuit before Blea, then the head of the court's appellate division, considered Austin's appeal. Among the threats was a statement that Blea should be "removed or killed," which prompted security measures at the jurist's home, said deputy District Attorney Neil Layton.
-- Malaika Fraley, Staff
Victim killed in a hit-and-run is ID'd
A man killed April 26 by a hit-and-run driver in the Temescal district of North Oakland was identified by the coroner's office Friday as William August Hoch Jr., 68.
Hoch, who lived in the area, was struck about 7:35 a.m. April 26 in the southbound lanes of traffic in the 5000 block of Telegraph Avenue. He was thrown at least 50 feet by the impact. It was not known if he was in a crosswalk.
The driver who hit him got out of his vehicle to check on him briefly, but then got back in and drove off, police said. Hoch was taken to a hospital where he later died.
Police said they believe the suspect was possibly driving a white Audi or Infiniti SUV.
The manager of the apartment building on Claremont Avenue where Hoch was living said he had been a resident there since 2002. He said he knew little of Hoch's background.
The coroner's office did not have an occupation for Hoch.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the driver. Anyone with information may call police at 510-777-8570 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Man allegedly shoots neighbor after row
An 88-year-old man was arrested Thursday evening after he argued with a neighbor in North Oakland and then reportedly shot him, authorities said.
The victim was grazed in the arm with a bullet and was treated at a hospital, police said.
The name of the suspect, who lives in the 900 block of 57th Street where the shooting occurred, was not released.
The shooting occurred about 6:15 p.m. after a verbal argument between the two people, who live in separate residences at the same address. Police did not say what they were arguing about.
After the shooting, the man drove away in his truck. Police were able to track the vehicle, stop the truck at 14th and Adeline streets and arrest him. The gun was recovered.
-- Kristin J. Bender, Staff
Oakland Voices seeks 10 applicants
The Oakland Tribune is looking for East Oakland residents who are interested in telling the stories of their neighborhoods in the groundbreaking Oakland Voices community media project.
The nine-month program was created to put the power of storytelling in the hands of East Oakland residents, with the belief that residents often have a unique and nuanced perception of where they live.
Ten community correspondents will learn reporting, writing, photography and social media skills from professional journalists. They will produce regular stories that will be posted on the Oakland Voices website, http://oaklandvoices.us; some stories may be printed in the Oakland Tribune and appear on the newspaper's website.
Participants will be trained by professional journalists and educators through a curriculum devised by program partner and fiscal sponsor, The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. The program will be run by former Oakland Tribune columnist Brenda Payton. Participants will be paid a $1,000 stipend for completing the program.
Those interested should apply by visiting the Maynard Institute's website at http://mije.org/oakland-voices-2014-application or by calling the Maynard Institute at 510-891-9262.
-- Martin Reynolds, Staff