OAKLAND

Boy, 17, shot at motel near Kaiser hospital

A 17-year-old boy was shot Monday morning at a motel near Kaiser Permanente's hospital complex at West MacArthur Boulevard and Broadway, police said.

The shooting happened about 8:20 a.m. in the parking area of the Westwind Lodge, 336 W. MacArthur Blvd. The boy, whose name was not released, was hit in the buttocks and was expected to recover from his wounds, police said.

Police said the Oakland youth had been visiting someone at the motel and left with some friends before the shooting. Investigators were trying to determine if the shooting resulted from a robbery attempt or something else.

After the shooting, the youth was able to run a short distance to West MacArthur and Broadway, where hospital employees treated him until paramedics arrived.

Another person with the victim apparently shot at the suspects as they fled in a car northbound on Manila Avenue, police said. That person was detained by officers for questioning.

The person who shot the youth has not been arrested.

Traffic lanes on Broadway and West MacArthur were closed for the investigation but were reopened by 11:30 a.m.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

OAKLAND

Residents sought for storytelling program


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The Oakland Tribune seeks East Oakland residents interested in telling the stories of their neighborhoods as part of the innovative Oakland Voices community media project.

The nine-month program was created to put the power of storytelling in the hands of East Oakland residents and empower them to tell stories they feel provide a more nuanced and complete view of their community.

Once chosen, 10 community correspondents will learn reporting, writing, photography and social media skills from professional journalists.

They will produce stories that will be posted on the Oakland Voices website, oaklandvoices.us, and some stories may be printed in the Oakland Tribune and appear on the newspaper's website.

Participants will be trained through a curriculum devised by the program partner and fiscal sponsor, The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. The program will be run by former Oakland Tribune columnist Brenda Payton. Participants will be paid a $1,000 stipend for completing the program. The program is funded by a grant from The California Endowment, a nonpartisan health care foundation.

Those interested should apply on the Maynard Institute's website at http://mije.org/oakland-voices-2014-application or by calling the Maynard Institute at 510-891-9262. For more information, email Payton at OaklandVoices5@gmail.com.

-- Martin G. Reynolds, Staff

KENSINGTON

Woman ruled not guilty by reason of insanity

A judge has ruled a 58-year-old woman is not guilty by reason of insanity for stabbing her 81-year-old neighbor to death in 2012, according to the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office.

Contra Costa Judge Terri Mockler issued the ruling at a hearing on Friday after Diane Sydenham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Instead of prison time, Sydenham will spend the remainder of her life in a state mental hospital.

Authorities said Sydenham stabbed retired psychologist James Durkin 28 times in the chest with a kitchen knife in August 2012. About three days after the stabbing, a neighbor found Durkin inside his Kensington home with the knife still in his chest.

A police detective later testified at a preliminary hearing that Sydenham's blood was found inside Durkin's home on Coventry Road, and Durkin's blood was found inside Sydenham's home in nearby Albany.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

RICHMOND

Annual ride to honor killed, injured cyclists

The fourth annual Ride of Silence, an event to raise awareness of cyclists and honor those who have been injured or killed biking on public roadways, will set out at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday from City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza.

The ride, which is free and open to all, is part of similar events being held nationwide to promote sharing the road.

Riders will gather at 5 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza, where armbands will be distributed and Mayor Gayle McLaughlin will speak.

Riders will also be given instructions, including riding no faster than 12 mph, wearing helmets, following the rules of the road and remaining silent during the ride.

A post-ride celebration will be begin at 6:30 p.m. at the weekly Off the Grid food truck event on Fairmount Avenue in El Cerrito.

For more details and a map of the ride route, go to www.richmondbpac.org/ROS/.

-- Chris Treadway, Staff

BERKELEY

Police: Man may have slipped climbing rock

A 22-year-old Concord man may have been climbing a rock when he fell about 100 feet to his death, UC Berkeley police said Monday.

The man, identified Monday as Lorenzo Baltazar-Trujillo, fell from a steep, rocky area near Grizzly Peak Boulevard, police said. A hiker found Baltazar-Trujillo's body about 2:20 p.m. Sunday.

"To be honest, we're not sure. We think he was probably trying to climb a rock and slipped," UC Berkeley police Lt. Marc DeCoulode said. "There could be any number of reasons why this happened."

DeCoulode said Baltazar-Trujillo was not a student at UC Berkeley. He died at the scene. Police said there were no signs of foul play, but the results of toxicology tests to determine whether Baltazar-Trujillo was drinking or had taken drugs won't be known for weeks, according to the Alameda County coroner's office.

Baltazar-Trujillo's death was the second involving a fall at the popular hangout spot in 18 months. In November 2012, 24-year-old Richmond resident Jonathan Mendiola Urbina climbed to the top of a rock outcropping and fell about 60 feet to his death.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff