RICHMOND

Pedestrian struck, killed by train

A man was struck and killed by a train Saturday afternoon near Cutting Boulevard, according to Richmond police.

The incident was reported around 1:45 p.m., after the unidentified pedestrian was hit by an Amtrak train while walking near railroad tracks at Cutting and Carlson boulevards, police said.

The man was walking with a cane and may have gotten stuck on the railroad tracks, said Lt. Andre Hill. Richmond police believe the victim was walking with a woman at the time of the accident, who left by the time officers arrived, Hill said.

Police are asking the woman to contact the department in order to find out what happened.

Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be factors in the incident.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

HAYWARD

Motorcyclist enters plea in reckless driving

A San Leandro man caught performing stunts and speeding on his motorcycle by a CHP airplane pleaded no contest to a reckless driving charge in a Hayward courtroom Friday, a prosecutor said.

Corey McDonah, who represented himself, was sentenced to three years of court probation and 20 days in county jail after pleading to the misdemeanor, according to prosecutor Tim Wellman.

The jail time can be served through a work alternative program, according to Wellman. McDonah must also pay a $500 fine, finish 40 hours of community service, and attend a motorcycle safety class or provide proof he sold his motorcycle.

Authorities in a California Highway Patrol airplane spotted McDonah on April 2 performing wheelies and speeding between 100 mph and 120 mph on Interstate 580 near the MacArthur Maze. The crew in the airplane followed him to his home, where he parked and went inside. He was arrested a short time later.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

OAKLAND

Benefit gospel concert set for Allen Temple

Stellar Award-winning gospel artist Jason Nelson will perform Saturday at a pre-Mother's Day concert to benefit children in South Africa and East Oakland at Allen Temple Baptist Church.

For several years Allen Temple's Global Ministries has sent volunteers to South Africa. The volunteers donate items to a nursery in Soweto.

The youth volunteers have participated in bilateral workshops where they discuss challenges, such as HIV/AIDS, violence and drug and alcohol abuse. Youths in East Oakland and South Africa collaborate via the Internet and develop community service projects designed to address similar problems they face.

Tickets to the concert are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Allen Temple is at 8501 International Blvd., in Oakland. For details, call the Rev. Theophous Reagans at 510-544-3962.

-- Cathie Gatison, Staff

HAYWARD

Gathering to feature Viking history group

The Vikings are coming!

The Vikings of Bjornstad, a living history group that recreates the attire and weapons of the medieval rovers of European waters will be featured this month at a celebratory meeting of the Snorre Lodge of the Sons of Norway.

The May 16 meeting will focus on Syttende Mai (May 17), the nation's independence day and this year the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution.

The celebration will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hill & Valley Club, 1808 B Street, Hayward.

Reservations can be made by calling at 510-656-3549 or emailing jeannie352@aol.com through May 12.

-- Staff