Suspected DUI driver slams into building
A suspected drunken driver was injured after he drove a truck into an apartment building in the city's Centerville neighborhood Wednesday morning, authorities said.
Three families were displaced after the 11:30 a.m. crash at a multiunit, two-story building at 4495 Central Ave., Fremont fire Capt. Diane Hendry said.
The man, driving a white, extended cab Chevrolet pickup truck, is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and marijuana when he drove into the building, police said.
During the impact, some of the building's residents were inside the home, including one person in an apartment on the bottom floor and several upstairs, officials said.
No residents were injured, Hendry said. But the driver of the truck was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff
Woman killed in high-speed crash
A woman died in a high-speed crash that caused a minor power outage Tuesday night, police said.
Police have not yet identified the woman who crashed a green Ford Mustang into a telephone pole while driving north on Garrard Boulevard, also known as part of the Richmond Parkway. The crash happened just past West Macdonald Avenue around 9:30 p.m., Richmond police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.
The woman was trapped in her car after the crash and died at the scene, Abetkov said. Nobody else was inside the car. She was not identified pending notification of relatives.
The crash knocked out power to 743 customers, but all of them had their power restored before 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris said.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff, Bay City News
District to hold education summit
The school district is holding a "Cradle to Career" education summit on Saturday.
The summit will include panel discussions on prekindergarten, kindergarten through 12th-grade education, community colleges, universities and vocational programs. A resource fair takes place in the afternoon, along with screening of a documentary on the school district's "Made in Hayward" campaign.
Over the past several months, the school district has collaborated with more than 30 educators and civic leaders to promote education in the city. The public and private groups will share information about the collaboration and their programs.
"Whether you're the parent of a preschooler or a later-in-life learner who's interested in getting your GED or attending college, the education summit has something to offer everyone," said Stan Dobbs, school district superintendent.
The summit takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at City Hall, 777 B. St. It is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.
-- Rebecca Parr, Staff
Rowell Ranch Rodeo is this weekend
The 94th annual Rowell Ranch Rodeo takes place Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, rodeo officials will be collecting donations to help support armed forces stationed overseas. Sunday is Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day, and donations will go toward the fight against breast cancer.
The rodeo grounds are at 9275 Dublin Canyon Road off Interstate 580. The rodeo starts at 10 a.m. each day; tickets are $14-$20 and can be bought in advance at www.rowellranchrodeo.com.
-- Rebecca Parr, Staff
Emergency water measures extended
Mandatory water conservation measures imposed on municipal water users will also now apply to the remaining two-thirds of residents served by the California Water Service Co., the Livermore City Council decided Monday.
Originally enacted April 15, the mandatory measures include restricting outdoor irrigation to no more than twice a week, prohibiting washing of driveways or sidewalks and limiting vehicle washing to once a month unless a commercial carwash is used.
The council also amended a water conservation ordinance intended to make it easier for residents with automatic sprinkler systems to comply with the restrictions. Now, homeowners with odd street address numbers will be allowed to water up to twice per week, on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, instead of on odd-numbered dates. Residents with even-numbered street addresses can water up to twice a week on Tuesday, Thursdays or Saturdays instead of on even-numbered dates. Watering will not be allowed on Sundays.
For details or a complete list of the measures, go to www.cityoflivermore.net/ citygov/drought.asp.
-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff
Hayward, San Leandro cleanup days Saturday
Hayward and San Leandro are sponsoring cleanup events Saturday.
Hayward is having a citywide cleanup blitz from 8 a.m. to noon. Last year, more than 300 people picked up more than 86 cubic yards of trash, enough to fill 43 pickup trucks, in a single morning.
In San Leandro, more than 300 households will take part in a citywide garage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. A map of participating households can be downloaded at www.recyclesanleandro.org.
City residents also can recycle unwanted household items such as appliances, tires, metal, clean wood, computer equipment and mattresses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Alameda County Industries recycling center, 610 Aladdin Ave.
For details, call the San Leandro recycling hotline at 510-577-6026.
-- Rebecca Parr, Staff
Kirker Pass Road reopens after crash
A key artery in the connection between the east and central parts of Contra Costa County reopened Wednesday morning after a crash the previous night caused a fire and forced its closure and wreaked havoc with the commute.
Kirker Pass Road, which connects Concord with Pittsburg, was closed in both directions until just past 8:45 a.m. according to California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Bartlett. Officials shut down the road Tuesday evening after a Ford SUV ran into a telephone pole near Nortonville Road, Contra Costa Fire District spokesman Robert Marshall said.
The crash caused a 15-acre vegetation fire that was contained by about 6:30 p.m., Marshall said. The crash also left about 1,700 people without electricity, but those customers were restored by 7 p.m., according to PG&E.
Kirker Pass Road was shut down from Myrtle Lane on the Concord side to Pheasant Drive on the Pittsburg side. Traffic spilled over onto Highway 4 both during the evening and morning commutes.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff