CASTRO VALLEY

Memorial Friday for girl slain 20 years ago

A memorial and candlelight walk Friday will commemorate the 20th anniversary of teenager Jenny Lin's killing.

Jenny Lin, a musician and straight-A student, was 14 when she was found slain in her Castro Valley home on May 27, 1994. Her killer has not been arrested.

Her parents formed the Jenny Lin Foundation to promote child safety and music education. It sponsors a free summer music camp, provides music scholarships and holds a Stay Safe Contest.

The service begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave.

A $100,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for her death. The family asks anyone with information to call the Sheriff's Office at 510-667-7721 or the toll-free hotline at 855-4-JENNY-LIN (855-453-6695).

-- Rebecca Parr, Staff

SAN LEANDRO

Teen falls asleep driving, crashes

Three cars, a home's foundation and a fence were damaged in a crash caused by a teen motorist who fell asleep at the wheel early Tuesday while on his way home from work, police said.

The 19-year-old driver was not injured and got out of his smashed car through a passenger door, said San Leandro police Sgt. Joe Molettieri. 


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His name was not released.

The teen told police he simply fell asleep after a long night of work. The crash occurred at 3:17 a.m. at Alvarado Avenue at Eastbrook Street, Molettieri said.

The driver was not speeding and not intoxicated, police said. He was not cited or arrested.

Police said the teen, driving a Nissan sedan, veered off the road, plowed into a low fence, and then hit one car, which was pushed into a second car and the foundation of a house.

The foundation of the home was cracked, and both parked cars were likely totaled.

The driver's car was also damaged.

A nearby homeowner told television station KTVU that he heard a loud bang and thought it was an earthquake.

-- Kristin J. Bender, Staff

OAKLAND

Man run over by car pronounced dead

A 50-year-old man was killed Wednesday night when he was apparently deliberately run over by a car in the Pill Hill area, police said.

The incident happened at about 9:24 p.m. in the 2800 block of Webster Street, according to police. Officers found the man unconscious in the roadway and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are considering the North Oakland man's death a homicide. His name was not released pending notification of relatives.

The area of Webster Street between 28th and 29th street is largely commercial and at the foot of the city's auto row.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call homicide investigators at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers of Oakland at 510-777-8572.

The killing is the city's 32nd homicide of 2014. There were 40 homicides at this time last year.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

ANTIOCH

Burglary call uncovers about 530 pot plants

Police seized hundreds of pot plants after responding to a burglary call at an Antioch home Wednesday night, authorities said.

The report of a burglary at a home in the 4500 block of Horseshoe Circle came in at 7:40 p.m., according to Sgt. Anthony Morefield. When officers arrived, several people were running from the home, Morefield said. A 16-year-old boy was caught a short distance away with a backpack stuffed with marijuana, police said. He was arrested on multiple charges.

Investigators later searched the home and seized about 530 pot plants and marijuana cultivation equipment, Morefield said. The Antioch Police Department's Special Operations Unit continues to investigate the case.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

Alameda

Events scheduled to celebrate Harvey Milk

Volunteers with the Alameda Harvey Milk Committee are hosting two upcoming events to honor the slain San Francisco supervisor. The first will be a concert by the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men's Chorus. It will take place 7 p.m. May 30 at the First Congregational Church, 1912 Central Ave.

The second will be a celebration of Alameda's youth at the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. It will take place from 10 to 11:30 p.m. May 31, and the first Harvey Milk Day college scholarship will be presented.

-- Staff