Vietnam War vets to be honored
Vietnam War veterans will be honored at a Flag Day ceremony Saturday at Lone Tree Cemetery.
The event marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
Former prisoners of war and families of those missing in action also will be recognized at the ceremony, which will be 1 to 3 p.m.
The cemetery is at 24591 Fairview Ave. The event is open to the public.
-- Rebecca Parr, Staff
Two wounded in Oakland shootings
A man was shot early Friday not far from City Hall and a 17-year-old boy was wounded in another shooting Thursday night in East Oakland, police said.
Both victims were shot in the leg and will recover, authorities said. The shootings are not related, police said.
The 24-year-old man was shot about 1:40 a.m. Friday in the 1700 block of Jefferson Street.
He told police he was walking to his car when he heard gunfire and realized he had been hit. He was taken to a hospital where he was in stable condition. Police don't have a motive for the shooting and no arrests were made.
The boy was shot just before 7 p.m. Thursday in the 2000 block of East 20th Street.
He also said he was walking in the area when he heard gunfire and was struck in the leg. He was taken to a hospital where he was in stable condition. Police don't have a motive yet and no arrests have been made.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money in each shooting for information leading to the arrest of the gunmen. Anyone with information may call investigators at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Pair charged in killing over custody dispute
Murder charges were filed Thursday against a Richmond woman and her male accomplice who prosecutors allege murdered the woman's estranged husband over a months-long child custody dispute.
In addition to murder, Alicia Ortez was charged with possession of methamphetamine for sale and with taking children in violation of a custody order. Amador Ortiz, believed to be Ortez's boyfriend, is charged with using a shotgun and stealing the car he and Ortez used to drive to the San Pablo residence of victim Oscar Anguiano.
According to deputy district attorney Mary Knox, Anguiano had recently been awarded custody of his and Ortez's children, ages 12, 6 and 2. Knox said at least one person said they heard Ortez, after losing custody, threaten to kill herself and the kids. On another occasion, Ortez threatened to kill Anguiano, against whom she was granted a restraining order in November.
Ortez and Ortiz drove to Anguiano's home Sunday night. Anguiano was found dead outside his residence Monday morning.
-- Gary Peterson, Staff
Two more 'suspicious' fires following arrest
Days after a teen was arrested on suspicion of arson, officials were investigating two new fires that burned nearly six hours apart Wednesday in Sunset Park.
No injuries were reported, and crews brought the blazes under control before they could reach nearby housing, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Battalion Chief Joe Testa said.
The first blaze started around 2 p.m. and burned less than a quarter-acre of vegetation. The second, at 7:50 p.m., burned 4 acres and was potentially more dangerous because it torched trees heavy with fuel, Testa said.
"Because both of these fires were suspicious, we're taking it pretty seriously," Testa said. "We're checking out the parks, and police are going to be increasing patrols. We're definitely concerned."
The second fire briefly flared again around 2 a.m. Thursday and crews were at the scene through the afternoon to remove about 20 trees.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested Monday on suspicion of arson after police said he admitted to starting eight vegetation fires in Livermore over the past month.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff
Pedestrian killed by passenger train
A person was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Thursday afternoon in Richmond, authorities said.
The Capitol Corridor train No. 541 struck the person about 3:40 p.m. as it was approaching the Richmond station located at Nevin Avenue and 19th Street, Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm said.
None of the 64 passengers plus crew members was injured. Passengers were let off the train and given tickets to ride BART, which shares the station with Amtrak.
The train was headed from Sacramento to Oakland. Information about the identity of the victim was not available late Thursday.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
USS Hornet set to host Father's Day activities
In honor of Father's Day, the USS Hornet Museum will present a special "Living Ship Day" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday June 15 that will feature a children's magic show.
A traditional American barbecue also will be available for $10. The magic show will begin at 1 p.m. and feature Scott Alcalay, who has performed at Magic Castle in Hollywood. A Big Band will perform starting at 11 a.m. During Living Ship Days, museum visitors can experience what life was like aboard the aircraft carrier at sea.
Normal museum hours and admission prices will apply for the Father's Day event. The USS Hornet is permanently berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda.
Juneteenth celebrations, which recognize the 1863 arrival of news of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas, will take place in Oakland and Berkeley this weekend.
The Omnira Institute will hold its annual Juneteenth Ritual of Remembrance celebration 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the picnic area at the Lake Merritt Boathouse, 562 Bellevue Ave., in Oakland.
"Besides the singing and drumming for the ancestors, our celebration is rich with the prayers of the traditions of the people captured and forced into slavery," said Wanda Ravernell, executive director of Omnira Institute.
Participants are asked to bring a chair or blanket to sit on.
There will also be a free Juneteenth Festival 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in Berkeley with performances on two stages, activities, food, vendors, health screenings, a two-on-two basketball tournament and more along the Adeline-Alcatraz corridor.
For more information, go to www.berkeleyjuneteenth.org