Guns, 600 pot plants seized during raid
More than 600 marijuana plants, along with guns and cash, were seized from homes in Newark and Fremont on Thursday, during a special operation conducted by the Southern Alameda County Major Crimes Task Force.
Officers served search warrants at a home in the 6000 block of Marguerite Drive in Newark and another in the 5000 block of Robertson Drive, where they found a 12-gauge shotgun, handgun and bullets along with hundreds of marijuana plants and a pound of the processed drug.
The residents of the home also were apparently illegally tapping into the PG&E grid in order to power their grow operation.
In Fremont, officers found an estimated 300 plants, two pounds of processed marijuana and 40 pounds of marijuana that was cut and drying.
The arrested include Jarrod Ryan Hardin, 31, of Newark; Patrick Francis Alexander, 27, of Sacramento; and Antonio M. Rodriguez, 22, of Fremont.
All three were booked into Santa Rita Jail.
-- Karina Ioffee, Staff
Three men shot, listed in stable condition
Three men were shot Friday night while driving in East Oakland, police said Saturday. They were in stable condition Saturday at a hospital and are expected to recover.
The men were 36, 26 and 25 years old. Their names were not released and it was not known if they were related to each other or were friends.
The shooting happened about 10:19 p.m. in the 2500 block of 38th Avenue. The men were driving in a car when they were shot at from an unknown location, police said.
Two were driven by another person to a hospital and the third was taken by ambulance.
A motive has not been determined and no arrests have been made. Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $15,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the gunman.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
1 dead, 1 injured in robbery, police chase
One woman is dead and a man injured following a strong-arm robbery and police chase Friday night in San Leandro.
Around 8:50 p.m. Friday, a man tried to buy an electronic item with counterfeit money at a Radio Shack store on the 1300 block of Washington Avenue. When the clerk confronted the man, the suspect threatened him and fled the store with the item, San Leandro police said.
The man got into a car outside the store and responding police spotted the vehicle exiting the parking lot. The car failed to stop for police and drove off at a high speed, police said.
As the car turned north onto San Leandro Boulevard, the officer lost sight of the speeding vehicle and terminated the chase. A short time later, police found the car crashed into a building on San Leandro Boulevard and Apricot Street, near the border of Oakland, San Leandro police said.
Both occupants of the car were ejected from the car. Despite efforts to resuscitate a woman, paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. The male robber was taken to a hospital in unknown condition and is being held on suspicion of robbery and murder, police said.
Police said they are not sure who was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash and have not released the identities of the dead woman nor the man.
Oakland police officers are investigating the cause of the accident.
-- Karina Ioffee, Matthias Gafni, Staff
Minimum wage proposal seeks ballot measure
Lift Up Oakland, the union-backed campaign to raise Oakland's hourly minimum wage next year from $8 to $12.25, submitted more than 33,600 signatures Friday to get their proposal on the November ballot.
The proposal also provides paid sick days and cost-of-living adjustments for the city's lowest paid workers.
The City Council will soon receive a report on the impact of increasing the minimum wage. Councilman Larry Reid has already proposed a more moderate increase this year to $10.20, which has received support from several local merchants.
If council members think the union-backed plan is too steep a hike, they could pass their own minimum wage increase or put a competing measure on the ballot. One idea being bandied about by business groups is a measure to increase the minimum wage to around $12.50 over several years in tandem with neighboring cities. Last week, Berkeley's City Council voiced support for a phased-in minimum wage increase to $12.53 by Oct. 1, 2016.
-- Matthew Artz, Staff
Councilmember Kaplan announces marriage
Rebecca Kaplan is getting married. The 43-year-old two-term Oakland council member announced on Facebook last week that she is engaged to Pamela Rosin, a 43-year-old actor and yoga instructor.
The couple met two years ago at Oakland's East Bay Church. The live together in North Oakland.
Kaplan, who in recent months has stopped wearing backward baseball caps to council meetings, said of her bride to be: "She has a beautiful heart, she makes me laugh — and I have to say: she gives great fashion advice."
-- Matthew Artz, Staff
Rave leads to overdose, false alarm calls
Richmond firefighters were kept busy Friday night responding to overdose and false alarm calls on the first night of a three-day rave at Craneway Pavilion.
Firefighters responded to four medical calls due to overdoses at Audio on the Bay, an electronic dance music festival continuing through Sunday, said Battalion Chief Merlin Turner. In addition, firefighters responded to two false alarm calls to the venue, one from a fire alarm being pulled and another when smoke from the performances set off an alarm, he said.
About 5,000 participants attended Friday night's rave, headlined by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. It's the first time the East Bay event has been organized, according to the Craneway Pavilion website.
The event takes place each night from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., according to the website.
-- Matthias Gafni, Staff