OAKLAND

2 arrested after laser pointed at chopper

Two Oakland men were arrested Saturday night and are facing federal charges on suspicion of shining a green laser pointer at a police helicopter that was assisting ground units in searching for a crime suspect in East Oakland, said a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.

At 11:16 p.m., a CHP helicopter was helping Oakland police in the area of Seminary Avenue and Elizabeth Street when the chopper was "struck" at least seven times by a laser pointer from the sidewalk of Bancroft Avenue near Seminary Avenue, the spokesman said.

Oakland CHP units, which were already in the East Oakland area working another operation, detained and then arrested Christian Palomino, 18, and Roy Montoya, 20. A laser pointer was recovered from one of the suspect's pockets.

A flight officer aboard the chopper at the time said laser pointers reflect off the interior of the helicopter which turns the small beam into a large, extremely bright beam. This not only interferes with the flight crew's ability to assist ground units, but can also disorient or temporarily blind the pilot, the CHP spokesman said.

-- Kristin J. Bender, Staff

SAN LEANDRO

Motorcyclist dies after crashing into car

A motorcyclist died Saturday night after he collided with a parked car, police said Monday.

The wreck involving 31-year-old Alvin Stewart Jr., of San Leandro, happened just before 9:10 p.m. in the 14100 block of Doolittle Drive. According to police, the man flew off his motorcycle after the impact and died instantly. Alameda County Fire paramedics pronounced Stewart dead at the scene.

Police said Stewart may have been speeding before the wreck occurred. Police have not determined whether he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Anyone who may have seen the wreck is urged to call the San Leandro Police Department at 510-577-3230. Anonymous tips can be left by texting the word SLPD and the tip to 847411.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

HAYWARD

Woman killed in house fire is identified

A 75-year-old woman who died after a one-alarm blaze gutted a Hayward home has been identified by the Alameda County coroner as Carol Flores.

Flores perished after the blaze broke out just after 1 a.m. Friday in the front bedroom of the home in the 24800 block of Townsend Avenue, Hayward Fire spokesman Don Nichelson said. Flores' niece and her husband were able to escape the three-bedroom house, but the fire prevented them from rescuing her, Nichelson said.

At least three dozen animals were inside or outside the home when the fire broke out and some cats, parakeets and doves perished. Nichelson said the single-story house was engulfed by fire when crews arrived, and smoke and flames were particularly intense coming from the front door and windows.

Flores was in a back bedroom, which was blocked by the smoke and flames.

Fire crews brought Flores out and tried to revive her with CPR and other lifesaving methods, Nichelson said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hayward Police Animal Services removed the surviving animals from the scene Friday morning and took them away. They appeared to be in good condition.

Fire investigators determined the blaze may have been due to an electrical issue.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

SAN FRANCISCO

Hayward driver held in hit-and-run incident

A Hayward man was arrested early Monday morning after police say he drove his car through downtown traffic over the weekend striking two pedestrians, a hotel near Union Square and a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus.

Edwin Delatorre, 26, was arrested in Hayward on suspicion of several counts of felony and misdemeanor hit-and-run, reckless driving, speeding and running a red light, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

The incident began about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, when Delatorre reportedly drove his red Ford Mustang and struck the Parc 55 hotel at Mason and Eddy streets and then hit a Muni bus near that intersection, Shyy said. He continued driving to Market and Fifth streets, where he struck a male pedestrian, who was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police say Delatorre then ran a red light and struck another pedestrian at Kearny and Market streets. The second pedestrian was also taken to the hospital but was expected to live.

Delatorre made it to Kearny and Pine streets, where he bailed out of his car and fled on foot, Shyy said.

Investigators were able to track the car's registration and found Delatorre at his Hayward home, where he was arrested, Shyy said.

The male pedestrian who was seriously injured remained hospitalized in critical condition on Monday. The other pedestrian has since been released, Shyy said.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

PLEASANTON

Blaze breaks out in trailer behind school

A utility trailer behind Alisal Elementary School burned Monday morning but did not affect the school, a fire spokesman said.

No one was inside the trailer when it caught fire about 9:30 a.m., in the 4100 block of Kolln Street, and no injuries were reported, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Battalion Chief Joe Testa said.

Before fire crews arrived, witnesses said an administrator from the school in the 1400 block of Santa Rita Road, grabbed a hose and tried to fight the fire.

Arriving firefighters extinguished the fire.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. The trailer was used for construction and contained debris, Testa said.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff