Burglary suspect caught on video
Police are asking the public's help to identify a man suspected of burglarizing a Fremont home on Wednesday.
The suspect was seen on surveillance video, breaking into the house on Amorok Way about 10:20 a.m. Video shows him hitting and repositioning the camera with a piece of wood trim found in the yard, police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.
After repositioning the camera, the suspect entered the home by kicking in the side garage door. An alarm in the home likely caused the suspect to change plans, Bosques said. Video shows him walking from the garage and toward Paseo Padre Parkway.
The suspect got into a four-door silver or beige, possibly American-made car, and drove westbound on Amorok Way past the home, then turned around and sped eastbound toward Paseo Padre Parkway.
The suspect was described as a heavyset black man, late 20s to early 30s, with short black hair, black mustache and black "chin-strap" beard up to his lower lip. He wore a baggy olive-green T-shirt with a large photo-type logo on the front, black pants and black or white sneakers or black sandals with white socks.
Anyone with information about the suspect or the burglary is asked to call police at 510-790-6900 or email Wjohnson@fremont.gov.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff
37-year-old man injured in shooting
A 37-year-old man was shot in the foot Thursday morning in East Oakland, police said.
His name was not released, but he is expected to recover. The shooting happened about 9:58 a.m. in the 7600 block of MacArthur Boulevard, a few blocks from the Eastmont police substation.
The man told police he heard gunfire and realized that he had been hit in the left heel.
The man did not know if the shots were fired from a car or by someone on the street, police said.
No other injuries were reported. Police don't yet have a motive for the shooting and no arrests have been made.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Two dogs die in house fire, a third injured
Two dogs died and three people were displaced after a one-alarm fire at an Antioch home early Thursday, a fire inspector for the Contra Costa Fire District said.
A third dog was injured in the blaze, which broke out around 12:15 a.m. in the 3000 block of Westbourne Drive, fire inspector Lisa Martinez said. Firefighters controlled the blaze in about 25 minutes and remained on scene until about 3:45 a.m. cleaning up, Martinez said.
Fire crews arrived to see heavy flames and smoke coming from the front of the single-story house she said. Two women and a man living there were out of the home when fire crews arrived and were uninjured.
The Red Cross was helping the three residents with temporary housing. Fire crews called Antioch Animal Services to tend to the injured dog.
Inspectors have not determined a cause for the fire, Martinez said. Fire officials had initially reported that one dog had died in the fire, but later amended that when another dog was found in the home after the blaze was extinguished.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff
Damaged joint found on Carquinez Bridge
An expansion joint on the Carquinez Bridge has been damaged, Caltrans officials said Wednesday.
Caltrans spokesman Bob Haus said a loose pivot pin caused other pieces of the expansion joint to crack. Caltrans made the discovery during an inspection in May. A temporary support has been installed while Caltrans works on an emergency order for a permanent replacement.
The strength of the bridge has not been compromised, Haus said.
The 11-year-old western span of the bridge opened in 2003.
"It's easy to think of bridges and overpasses as solid objects," Haus said. "They are complex and have moving parts, almost like car engines."
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Court weighs in on red-light cameras
The California Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for prosecutors to use red-light camera evidence against drivers who fail to stop at traffic signals.
In a ruling issued in San Francisco, the court unanimously said that images and data automatically recorded by the cameras have a "presumption of authenticity" similar to the presumption for other types of photos and videos.
Under the presumption, the camera evidence is considered valid unless a defendant can successfully challenge it.
The court ruled in the case of Carmen Goldsmith, who was convicted in Los Angeles County Superior Court of a traffic infraction and fined $436 for failing to stop at a red light at an intersection in Inglewood in 2009.
The only prosecution witness in the nonjury trial was an Inglewood police investigator who had not personally witnessed the incident, but who had worked in red-light camera enforcement for six years and who testified about how the system worked.
In her appeal, Goldsmith argued that prosecutors should have been required to provide more evidence to authenticate the cameras. She also claimed the recordings should have been considered secondhand hearsay evidence.
But the state high court upheld a California law that provides that red-light camera evidence has the same presumption of validity as other types of photos and videos.
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote that from the investigator's testimony, "it can be reasonably inferred that the (camera) system automatically and contemporaneously recorded the images of the intersection and the date imprinted on the photographs."
-- Bay City News
Identical triplets born at O'Connor Hospital
The odds are one in a million, but 24-year-old San Jose resident Yanina Rivera beat them Wednesday night at O'Connor Hospital when she gave birth to three naturally conceived identical triplet girls.
Hospital spokeswoman Donna Cumming said the first baby was born at 7:12 p.m. and weighed four pounds. The second arrived at 7:14 p.m., and topped the scales at 4 lbs, 14 oz. The third sister followed at 7:16 p.m., weighing 4 lbs, 9 ounces. All three were delivered by Dr. Kenneth Phan.
Experts say that naturally conceived identical triplets are extremely rare. Identical siblings are produced when an egg is divided in utero. Fraternal siblings come from different eggs.
"There is no one, consistent statistic quoted when it comes to the odds of having identical triplets," said Cumming, "but the generally agreed upon figure is one in a million."
-- Tracy Seipel, Staff