No charges filed in shooting death
Prosecutors said no criminal charges will be filed against a man who struggled with his brother over a gun outside their home in North Oakland on Tuesday night before the gun went off and killed his brother.
Johnny Chew, 40, was questioned by police about the incident in the 900 block of Aileen Street at about 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday that claimed the life of his brother, 37-year-old Eugene Chew, but Alameda County District Attorney spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said her office has declined to file charges against him after thoroughly reviewing all the evidence in the case.
Oakland police said the two brothers were doing work outside their home when they got into an argument.
Officer Robert Trevino said the argument escalated to the point where Eugene Chew went into the house and came back with a shotgun and then the two brothers struggled over the gun and Eugene Chew wound up being shot.
Chew was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland but died from his injuries a short time later.
-- Bay City News
Father attacks son's alleged bully on bus
A Richmond man allegedly attacked an 11-year-old special education student on a school bus Thursday because he believed the boy was bullying his son, police said.
It all began when a 9-year-old special education student told his father, identified as 44-year-old Burnis Hurd, that the older student was picking on him, Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. At 9:11 a.m., Hurd confronted the boy and allegedly assaulted him when the bus arrived to pick up his son on the 900 block of Carlson Boulevard, she added.
Police did not elaborate on the attack, but said the 11-year-old boy had a small cut on his neck that did not require medical attention. After the attack, the bus driver continued on to Wilson Elementary School, where the students attend a special education program, police said.
Officers arrested Hurd on suspicion of felony battery later Thursday after the victim reported the attack to school employees, police said. The driver did not report the incident to district officials, Abetkov said.
Hurd was booked at County Jail in Martinez.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Masked men rob marijuana dispensary
Masked men robbed four pounds of pot from a marijuana dispensary general manager Sunday night, police said.
The manager of Holistic Healing Marijuana Collective, at 15501 San Pablo Ave., was leaving work about 10:15 p.m. when one of two masked robbers pulled out a gun and demanded the pot, said Sgt. Nicole Abetkov.
A short time later, an officer spotted the gold Chrysler PT Cruiser getaway car, but the driver fled, Abetkov said. However, officers stopped a car seen with the PT Cruiser and found about a pound of marijuana inside linked to the earlier robbery.
The driver, 38-year-old Walton Mize, was arrested on suspicion of possession and transportation of marijuana.
Police are also investigating why the marijuana collective's general manager was leaving the dispensary with four pounds of pot after hours. The dispensary closes at 8 p.m., police said.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Maddie's Pet Adoption Days this weekend
Oakland Animal Services will take part in the fifth annual Maddie's Pet Adoption Days this weekend.
During this nationwide event, sponsored by Maddie's Fund, dog and cat adoptions will be free to qualified homes. This year's event will feature special activities including face painting, a bake sale, live music, and gift bags for adopting families.
Special extended hours for the adoptions will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Oakland Animal Services, 1101 29th Ave.
-- Cathie Gatison, Staff
New facility to house former prisoners
Local leaders gathered Thursday for the groundbreaking on a project to restore a vacant house that will provide housing and supportive services for women returning from prison and their children.
The house, owned by Community Housing Development Corp., was formerly a Contra Costa County Housing Authority property. Once the restoration is completed, the four-bedroom home will house up to eight women and their young children who will receive social services, including case management, job training and life skills.
A low-interest loan from the county's Neighborhood Stabilization Program helped fund the home's $242,250 remodeling project, which is expected to be completed by the end of summer.
The vacant property is at 1724 Fred Jackson Way. The women will receive services such as case management and job training.
-- Robert Rogers, Staff
Nonprofit a finalist in Google challenge
Richmond's Pogo Park, a grass-roots nonprofit that is transforming underused and unkempt Iron Triangle parks into colorful playgrounds, is one of 10 finalists for a grant called the Bay Area Impact Challenge funded by Google.
The web search company will give $500,000 each to the four nonprofits who gather the most online votes by Monday.
The nonprofit has mobilized to garner support with a "mobile voting booth" equipped with laptops that will visit local schools, libraries, homeless shelters, shopping plazas and other locations throughout Richmond to bring voting opportunities to residents who may not have computers or smartphones.
Pogo Park, founded by Toody Maher in 2007, recently renovated the Elm Playlot at Elm Street and Eighth Street using a team of local residents who redesigned and rebuilt the park into a vibrant space in an economically depressed community.
Google selected Pogo Park as a top 10 finalist. The six-runners up will receive $250,000 each.
You can cast your vote in the contest at https://impactchallenge.withgoogle.com/bayarea2014.
-- Robert Rogers, Staff