Cal football player waives prelim hearing
UC Berkeley football player Damaria Drew on Thursday waived his right to have a preliminary hearing on felony charges that he assaulted another Cal student last month.
Drew, 20, is now headed to trial, although his attorney Darryl Stallworth has said he hopes to resolve the case without a trial.
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office asserts that Drew fractured a male student's jaw and kick his 20-pound Jack Russell terrier mix during a fundraising event May 4. According to Stallworth, Drew asserts that he defended himself after he was bit by the dog.
The sophomore safety from Livermore has been suspended from the football team while the case is pending.
Drew is free on $100,000 bail and returns to court June 12.
-- Malaika Fraley, Staff
Man pleads no contest in strangling deaths
A 53-year-old man has pleaded no contest to two counts of murder for sexually assaulting and strangling two women in the Oakland hills 22 years ago.
Monte Crawford entered his pleas Wednesday in an agreement with prosecutors that calls for him to receive a term of 40 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced Aug. 1 by Alameda County Superior Court Judge C. Don Clay.
Crawford pleaded no contest to second-degree murder for the death of Tredis Penny, whose naked body was found Feb. 24, 1992, near Skyline Road in the Oakland hills.
Crawford also pleaded no contest to first-degree murder for the death of Shirley Wynn, whose body was found March 1, 1992, a half-mile away near Golf Links Road, prosecutors said.
Both murders occurred near the home of Crawford's grandparents, according to prosecutors. The murders of Penny and Wynn remained unsolved for 16 years until 2008, when DNA evidence linked Crawford to their deaths, prosecutors said.
The DNA matches occurred shortly before Crawford finished serving a term in a prison in Washington state for a sexual offense he committed there, according to authorities.
Crawford was found to be mentally incompetent to stand trial shortly after murder charges were filed against him in 2008, but he was found to be mentally competent in 2009.
-- Bay City News Service
Suspect sought after teen hit with bat, shot
A 16-year-old boy was hit in the head with a baseball bat and then shot in the shoulder Wednesday afternoon in unincorporated San Leandro, authorities said.
The boy is expected to survive, authorities said.
Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said the boy and another teen were walking on 163rd Avenue toward East 14th Street when a man they did not know confronted them holding a baseball bat in an aggressive manner. One boy ran away and the 16-year-old was hit and then shot, Nelson said. The man then ran back to his car, a silver four-door sedan, and drove away.
No arrests have been made.
A description of the suspect and a motive were not released.
Officials ask anyone with information to call the sheriff's office at 510-667-3636.
-- Kristin J. Bender, Staff
New CEO for Thomas J. Long Foundation
The board of trustees of the Thomas J. Long Foundation has announced that Mark Friedman will become its new chief executive officer effective June 1.
Friedman joins the foundation from First 5 Alameda County, where he was CEO since 1999 and led the nonprofit's programs in early child care and education, health care and family support.
The foundation has been a longtime partner with First 5 Alameda County and has contributed $1.3 million to the organization over the past four years.
Friedman will lead the foundation's new philanthropic impact strategy to disburse multiyear major grants to critical needs initiatives in Alameda and Contra Costa counties over the next eight years. These impact grant initiatives will be focused in the areas of education, disabled services, senior services and safety net services.
By 2022, the foundation will spend-out its $90 million endowment.
Friedman was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care. He is a former mayor and is currently a councilman in El Cerrito.
The Thomas J. Long Foundation was founded in 1972 by Thomas Long, co-founder of Longs Drugs stores.