BERKELEY

Burglar smashes car into Apple store

A burglar smashed through a glass facade and security gate at the Fourth Street Apple Store early Friday, making off with several products, police said.

The driver crashed into the store in the 1800 block of Fourth Street at about 2:52 a.m., sounding an alarm that summoned police to the scene, said Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats. Officers found the car parked in the middle of the high-end store surrounded by broken glass, but the suspect was nowhere to be found, Coats said. No arrests have been made.

Police said the driver deliberately drove into the store to burglarize it. The investigation is ongoing.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

OAKLAND

CEO appointed to Obama's council

Jason Young, co-founder and CEO of MindBlown Labs in Oakland, has been appointed to President Barack Obama's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.

MindBlown Labs is a social enterprise that uses gaming to teach young people about personal finance.

Young, a Harvard graduate who is also founder and president of Hidden Genius Project, a year-round mentoring and youth workforce development program, learned about his appointment Monday.

"The council represents a unique opportunity to create lasting public-private partnerships that will empower young people throughout the country with financial capability skills," said Young, who grew up in Inglewood in Los Angeles County. "I am humbled to have been asked to participate, and I look forward to helping to ensure that the council leverages technology to deliver financial education in the most effective manner possible."

The special advisory council is chaired by John Rogers, CEO of Ariel Investments. It's charged with advising "the President and the Secretary of the Treasury on how to promote financial capability among young Americans and encourage building the financial capability of young people at an early stage in schools, families, communities, and the workplace and through use of technology."

-- Staff

HAYWARD

Fair Trade Festival on Saturday for pantry

South Hayward Parish is holding a Fair Trade Festival on Saturday.

Information about fair trade will be available, and several fair trade products will be sold, including coffee, chocolates, olive oil and tea.

All proceeds from the festival will go to the nonprofit agency's food pantry.

Fair trade products come from workers and farmers who are fairly compensated.

Companies that will have products at the festival include Equal Exchange, Grounds For Change, Thanksgiving Coffee, Divine & Theo Chocolates.

The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westminster Hills Outreach Center, 27287 Patrick Ave.

-- Rebecca Parr, Staff

OAKLAND

Motorist badly hurt after hitting tree

A 28-year-old Hayward man was badly injured in a crash on Interstate 580 Friday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver of the Buick was traveling west on I-580 at about 9:30 a.m. when he lost control, went off the road and hit a tree near 14th Avenue in Oakland, the CHP said. He lost consciousness after the crash and was taken to an Oakland hospital with major injuries, authorities said.

Witnesses said the man and a driver of a silver Chevrolet Camaro were driving recklessly before the Buick crashed, CHP Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said. Both drivers may have been involved in an earlier hit-and-run crash on Oakland city streets, Wilkenfeld said.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

OAKLAND

Man dies after injured in downtown fight

A 26-year-old man has died from injuries suffered in a downtown fight with another man, police said Friday.

Darrel Hughes, who had addresses in Oakland and Manteca, died Monday afternoon, the day after he was found unconscious by passers-by outside a building at 140 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

An autopsy performed Thursday determined he died from injuries he suffered in the fight, police said.

Officer Leo Sanchez said Hughes got into a fight with another man about 5:30 a.m. Sunday at 14th Street and Broadway, outside the Walgreens drugstore. The fight continued across the street, where he was found. The other man fled.

Sanchez said police don't have a motive yet for the altercation and no arrests have been made. Police believe the fight was witnessed by some people who left before talking to officers.

Police would like to talk to them or any other witnesses. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821.

The death is Oakland's 30th homicide of the year. Last year at this time there were 35 homicides in the city.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

Berkeley

Complaint filed into custodian's death

Union leaders said Friday that they've filed a complaint with the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health about the April 7 death of a custodian at UC Berkeley.

Leaders of American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, which represents 22,000 service and patient care technical workers at the 10 UC campuses, said 45-year-old Damon Frick fell from a 20-foot lift at the International House on campus on April 7 and died days later from the injuries.

In its complaint, the union alleges that UC Berkeley violated the California Health and Safety Act and failed to comply with its own health and safety policies.

AFSCME Local 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger, who is a fellow service worker at UC Berkeley, said in a statement that the accident that caused Frick's death "was an entirely preventable tragedy and UC must be held accountable."

Lybarger said, "We have been sounding alarms for years about the hazardous working conditions and skyrocketing injury rates faced by UC service workers, those who do the most physically demanding labor at UC."

-- Bay City News

Walnut Creek

Man hit while trying to retrieve tarp on I-680

A man suffered major injuries after he was hit while trying to retrieve a tarp that had fallen out of his car Friday morning on northbound Interstate 680, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The collision was reported around 11:49 a.m., when a man in the middle lanes along I-680 near the Ygnacio Valley Road off-ramp was hit by a passing truck pulling a trailer, the CHP said.

All but one lane along northbound I-680 was temporarily shut down while emergency crews worked to clear the area.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff