OAKLAND

Two shot in Laurel district Tuesday night

A shooting in the Laurel district of East Oakland Tuesday night left two men wounded, police said Wednesday.

But investigators have not yet determined if the men, who knew each other, shot each other or were shot by someone else. No motive has been established, and no arrests have been made.

Both were in stable condition Wednesday, and it is expected they will recover from their wounds.

The shooting happened about 9:25 p.m. Tuesday in the 3700 block of 39th Avenue.

Police said an 18-year-old man was wounded in the chest and back and got a ride from someone to a hospital.

Another 18-year-old man was hit in the buttocks and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Their names were not released. Police said they lived in the area and hung out at the site where the shooting happened.

A pistol was recovered at the scene, but it has not been determined who it belonged to, police said.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

HAYWARD

Officer injured after police car is struck

A Hayward police officer was hospitalized briefly after the patrol car he was driving was struck by another vehicle Tuesday night, police said.

The officer was en route to an unspecified incident with his lights and siren on around 8 p.m. when the other vehicle T-boned the patrol car near the intersection of Santa Clara and Jackson streets, Sgt. Mark Ormsby said.

According to Ormsby, the officer was treated for his injuries and released. Police did not release his identity.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

Hercules

Charges dropped in teen's fight with bully

A transgender student will no longer face a battery charge for a fight caught on video at Hercules High School last year, officials decided last week.

Contra Costa Judge Thomas M. Maddock dropped the misdemeanor charge May 1 after determining that 16-year-old Jewlyes Gutierrez had successfully completed a conflict resolution program known as restorative justice, an alternative granted by the court in February as a way for the teenager to deal with the battery charge. The November fight attracted national attention, an online petition with more than 200,000 signatures and spotlighted problems of bullying and harassment on the Hercules campus -- just two months after a federal report found rampant sexual harassment in the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

OAKLAND

Porn mogul's daughter sought in ID theft case

The daughter of slain San Francisco porn mogul Artie Mitchell is being sought by local and state authorities following an identity-theft spree and a hit-and-run crash last week that involved a Sonoma County Sheriff's Office unmarked patrol car.

Jasmine Mitchell, 33, of San Pablo, is wanted on a warrant in connection to the ID theft case and may also be charged with assault on a police officer and hit-and-run for an April 29 incident, Sheriff's Office Sgt. Michael Raasch said.

About 7 p.m. that day, detectives were tipped that Mitchell and a second suspect, 34-year-old Roy Kim, were living at an apartment complex across from the San Pablo Lytton Casino, Raasch said. Detectives later located Kim inside a taxi in Richmond, Raasch said. The pair were wanted on warrants related to "multiple identity thefts," Raasch said. Kim, who is on parole for possession of stolen property, was also being sought by state parole agents and for a burglary case in Santa Clara County. He was later arrested in Richmond and booked into the Contra Costa County Jail.

Detectives searched the unit and detained three other people after investigators uncovered a large-scale identity-theft and credit-card operation, Raasch said.

One of the three people, who police identified as Harley Logsdon, 46, of San Pablo, was on probation out of Napa County for alleged forgery, Raasch said. He was arrested and booked into the Contra Costa County Jail on outstanding arrest warrants. He was being held without bail on Tuesday for a probation violation.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

BAY AREA

Donations needed for Stamp Out Hunger

Helping children and families who are hungry is as simple as putting some canned goods in a bag and leaving it by your mailbox Saturday. Your letter carrier will do the rest.

May 10 is the 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive by the National Association of Letter Carriers. It's the largest single-day food drive in the United States, and the 900 members of Branch 193 of the NALC are ready to do their part.

Local carriers will pick up donations left by mailboxes when they're delivering mail and take it back to their postal stations, where it will be picked up and delivered to area food banks.

Donations in cans, plastic or cardboard are preferred.

For details, go to http://shfb.org and http://helpstampouthunger.com.

-- Staff