Larkspur

Suspected drug dealer, of Hayward, arrested

A Hayward man was arrested on allegations of selling methamphetamine and painkillers in Larkspur.

Massih Wali, 37, was targeted by the county's multiagency drug unit, the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force. The task force opened an investigation last month after developing information that Wali was selling in Marin, sheriff's Sgt. Pierre Ahuncain said.

The task force introduced an undercover detective to Wali, resulting in drug buys on three occasions, Ahuncain said. He said the task force bought suspected meth and the pain medications Opana and methadone.

Investigators arrested Wali during a meetup Tuesday night and booked him on numerous felony counts before he was released on bail. Wali, reached on his cellphone Thursday, declined to comment.

The district attorney's office was reviewing the case for potential charges. Central Marin Police Authority and the California Highway Patrol assisted in the investigation.

-- Gary Klien, Marin Independent Journal

OAKLAND

Man shot driving truck near courthouse

A 64-year-old man was shot several times Friday night as he drove his truck near the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse, police said Saturday.

The man, whose name and place of residence were not released, was able to drive himself to a hospital, where he was in stable condition Saturday. He is expected to recover from his wounds.

The shooting happened about 11:55 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of 12th Street across from the courthouse and not far from Lake Merritt. The man told police that as he was driving someone from outside the truck began shooting at him.

He was hit multiple times in the arm and back. Police don't have a motive yet for the shooting and no arrests have been made.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the gunman. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

SAN LEANDRO

Robbery leads to shooting, crash

An Alameda County sheriff's deputy shot and wounded a robbery suspect and deputies arrested a second suspect early Saturday after a high-speed chase ended in Hayward, authorities said.

Just before 1:30 a.m., two men walked into a 7-Eleven store at the corner of East 14th Street and Fairmont Drive and proceeded to assault the store clerk and steal cigarettes and cash, said Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

During the assault, the clerk was able to push the "hold up" button, and two deputies nearby rushed to the store as the suspects, who have not been identified, ran from the store.

Nelson said one of the suspects had his hand in a front pocket and when told by one of the officers to remove his hand, refused to do so. The suspect then turned and, fearing for his safety, one of the officers fired and wounded him.

During the shooting the second suspect got into a Chevrolet Impala and took off, leading officers on a chase that ended in a "serious crash" at the Industrial Boulevard offramp along Highway 92 in Hayward, Nelson said.

"The guy ended up on the floor on the passenger's side," Nelson said. "That tells you a little bit about how hard he crashed and how bad it was."

Both men are being treated at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, but the extent of their injuries was not known.

The clerk who was assaulted during the robbery was taken to a hospital, treated and released. However, Nelson said, the clerk remains "shaken."

The sergeant who fired his gun has been placed on paid administrative leave -- a standard procedure -- pending investigations by the Sheriff's Office and Alameda County prosecutors.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

ALAMEDA

Firefighters battle three structure fires

Alameda firefighters extinguished three separate structure fires during a 16-hour period on Thursday and Friday, according to fire officials. No one was injured in any of the fires.

Fire crews first responded around 2:39 p.m. Thursday to an apartment fire in the 1500 block of Ninth Street, according to the Alameda Fire Department.

Firefighters were able to extinguish a fire in second-floor unit, but the apartment sustained significant fire damage, and two other units sustained minor damage. The American Red Cross helped the residents displaced by the blaze.

Officials estimated the total damage to the structure and contents at roughly $55,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Firefighters responded around 6:50 p.m. to a second apartment fire in the 400 block of Buena Vista Avenue, caused by food left unattended on a stovetop.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it spread. Damage was estimated at $20,000, and the American Red Cross helped two residents who were displaced, fire officials said.

The third fire was reported Friday morning around 6:01 a.m. at a home in the 1300 block of Mound Street.

When firefighters arrived, they found a fire under the floor of the home but were able to extinguish it before it spread.

No one was displaced, and the damage estimate was roughly $10,000. The cause is still under investigation.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

FREMONT

Man fatally struck by Amtrak train

A man walking along railroad tracks in the city's Centerville neighborhood was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Friday evening, police said.

Officers were dispatched just before 6:30 p.m. to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks about 100 yards west of the Thornton Avenue and Blacow Road intersection for a report of a man being hit by a passenger train, Lt. John Harnett said.

The train's conductor told police that before the impact, he watched a man walking in the tracks toward the train.

"The conductor laid down the horn, but the man would not move and was struck by the train," Harnett said.

The identity of the man was not immediately known, police said. Amtrak police and Union Pacific Railroad police are handling the investigation.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff