5 schools receive achievement awards
Five East Bay schools that receive federal funding to help boost achievement for low-income students will receive 2013-14 Title I Academic Achievement awards for demonstrating significant student academic progress.
Tom Torlakson, state Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced Monday that 106 schools statewide will receive the awards, including Richmond College Preparatory in the West Contra Costa school district, Henry Haight Elementary in the Alameda Unified district, Burbank Elementary in the Hayward Unified district, Aspire ERES Academy in the Oakland Unified district and KIPP Summit Academy in the San Lorenzo district.
In order to receive the awards, low-income students at the schools must have met their standardized testing achievement targets for two consecutive years, Torlakson said.
-- Theresa Harrington, Staff
Woman killed in East Oakland fire identified
A woman killed Saturday morning in a fire at her East Oakland home was identified by the coroner's office Monday as Shirley Garrett, 79.
Officials said Garrett lived alone in the house in the 2500 block of Parker Avenue but had children who checked on her daily. Her husband died within the last year, officials said.
The fire erupted in the home about 2:50 a.m. Saturday.
Responding firefighters found Garrett unconscious in a hallway in the burning house and brought her outside, Battalion Fire Chief Erik Logan said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Firefighters had the fire under control by 3:15 a.m. There were no other reported injuries.
The fire apparently began in a bedroom and officials have not ruled out the possibility it was started accidentally by a smoldering cigarette.
Two of the four bedrooms in the home were heavily damaged as were other parts of the house. Damage was estimated at $150,000.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Man shot while sitting in parked car
A man was shot multiple times Monday morning while sitting in a parked car in East Oakland, police said.
Someone in the area drove the man to a hospital where he was being treated for his wounds. His name and age were not released, nor his condition.
The shooting happened about 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of a housing complex in the 1200 block of 65th Avenue.
The man had just driven to the complex from a trip to a store and was waiting for someone when he was shot.
It was not known if he was shot by someone in another vehicle or someone on the sidewalk.
Police don't have a motive yet for the shooting and no arrests have been made.
Futures Elementary School, located near the scene, was briefly locked down after the shooting.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
BART rider, stabbed in arm, recovering
BART police are continuing to search for a man who stabbed another passenger in the arm Sunday night on a Fremont-bound train as it passed through Oakland, authorities said.
Investigators have not established a motive yet for the attack, which left the victim with wounds that were not life-threatening. He was in stable condition Monday at a hospital.
The stabbing happened about 9:10 p.m. Sunday as the train neared the Lake Merritt station. Police said the victim, whose name, age and place of residence were not released, got off the train at the station and collapsed on the platform.
The train continued on to the San Leandro station before it was stopped by police. Some people were detained as possible suspects but were released after a witness could not identify them, authorities said.
Police believe the suspect may have gotten off the train at either the Fruitvale or Coliseum station.
The train was taken out of service to allow evidence technicians to go over it for clues.
Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call BART police at 510-464-7000.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Police investigating officer shooting death
An 18-year-old man who was shot and killed by police Sunday night after striking an officer with a metal baseball bat had abused his mother in a Dublin apartment, and attacked a friend and threatened to eat him in Livermore over the weekend, authorities said Monday.
It was not immediately clear why the man was not arrested or placed on a psychiatric hold after the incident in Livermore. Authorities identified the man Monday afternoon as Oscar Herrera, of Dublin.
Police responded to the Alamo Creek Villas apartment complex in the 7000 block of Dublin Meadows Street around 6:15 p.m. Sunday and were met at the front door of the unit by Herrera, who was holding a baseball bat. The officer drew his gun, and Herrera hit the officer in his right hand with the metal bat.
"Herrera then raised the baseball bat over his head in a motion which would direct the bat at the officer's head," Dublin police Lt. Herb Walters said in a statement. "The officer felt his life was in immediate danger and fired four rounds striking (Herrera) and stopping the threat to his life."
Herrera was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dublin police Chief Tom McCarthy said Monday that officers did not use a Taser on the combative man because the assault happened so fast.
Police said that Herrera had a criminal history for possession of weapons, assaults, resisting arrest and possession of drugs.
Although Dublin contracts with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office for police services, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said Dublin police and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office will investigate.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 925-833-6670.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Rick Hurd, Staff