PLEASANTON

Mom pleads not guilty in infant son's death

A 23-year-old San Jose woman accused of stabbing her infant son to death in a Livermore park pleaded not guilty to murder charges Thursday.

Authorities say that Ashley Renee Newton stabbed her 7-month-old son William Brian Sherman with a pocket knife on April 26 at Del Valle Regional Park.

Livermore police Chief Michael Harris was off duty at the park with his children when Newton ran up screaming and handed him the wounded boy. "I'm sorry, I killed my baby," police quoted her saying.

Newton also cut herself and was first arraigned on her murder charges at a psychiatric hospital. She is being held without bail at the Santa Rita Jail.

Newton is to return to court for a pretrial conference on July 17.

-- Malaika Fraley, Staff

HAYWARD

Carjackers escape in downtown Hayward

Officers and police searched for armed carjackers Thursday after a high-speed chase from Fremont into downtown Hayward.

The carjacking took place at 1:37 p.m. at the Fremont BART station, transit police said.

Fremont officers noticed the stolen vehicle on Mission Boulevard and followed it through Union City side streets into Hayward, said Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.

During the pursuit, the fleeing vehicle hit another vehicle near Moreau Catholic High School on Mission Boulevard. No one was injured, Bosques said.


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Police ended the pursuit when they lost sight of the vehicle in heavy traffic near Mission Boulevard and Jackson Street.

But a little later, residents pointed officers toward B Street.

Police say the carjackers ditched the vehicle near 3rd and C streets and ran away.

It was not immediately known how many car thieves were involved or if anyone was injured.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

OAKLAND

Police: Two shot, one stabbed

Two people were shot and another stabbed in different parts of Oakland between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, police said.

All of the victims are expected to recover and the incidents are not related, police said.

About 1:37 a.m. Thursday, a person was shot in the 3200 block of Filbert Street in West Oakland. The person was in stable condition at a hospital. The gunman fled on foot and no motive was revealed.

At 6:07 p.m. Wednesday a person was stabbed in the 1400 block of Jefferson Street near City Hall in downtown Oakland. The victim was in stable condition at a hospital. No arrests have been made and no motive released.

At 3:41 p.m. Wednesday, a person was shot near the intersection of High Street and Allendale Avenue in East Oakland by a gunman who fled on foot.

The victim was in stable condition and no motive was released in the shooting.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money in each incident for information leading to the arrest of the suspects. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

BAY AREA

Man sets truck on fire at bridge toll plaza

A Sacramento man was detained for psychiatric evaluation Thursday morning after the California Highway Patrol said he set his pickup truck on fire after paying his toll at the Bay Bridge.

The fire and authorities' apprehension of the man, identified as Romeo Cruz Bautista, briefly shut down six lanes leading to the bridge incline. Witnesses said he was dancing and taunting authorities before he was detained.

CHP Officer Michael Ferguson said the 1998 Ford F-150 pickup truck set ablaze belonged to Cruz Bautista.

But why he set it afire has not been determined.

He was taken to Highland Hospital for treatment of minor burns and was being held there for psychiatric evaluation, authorities said. Authorities were trying to determine if he is employed.

Ferguson said at this time authorities are not seeking criminal charges against Cruz Bautista.

Oakland firefighters had the fire under control in a few minutes. The truck was gutted by the fire and had to be towed. Ferguson said the lanes affected were closed for at least 15 minutes.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

OAKLAND

Man killed in heavy equipment accident

Cal/OSHA is investigating the death Thursday morning of a 65-year-old man who apparently suffocated when he was pinned by a piece of heavy equipment at a West Oakland tire shop.

The Alameda County Coroner's Office identified the man as Kil Kim, of Oakland.

Kim was found dead shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday inside A&P Tire Service, 2901 San Pablo Ave.

Peter Melton, a Cal/OSHA spokesman, said the tentative cause of death is asphyxiation.

Melton said Kim was moving a compressor when it tipped onto him, pinning him against a wall.

It was not immediately known if Kim owned the business or was an employee.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

Alameda

Tickets discounted for Alameda County Fair

For the 14th consecutive year, discounted tickets to the Alameda County Fair will be available from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the City Hall parking lot.

The tickets will be distributed by former Vice Mayor and Alameda County Fair Board Director Lil Arnerich. After 12 years on the board, Arnerich was recently named director emeritus.

The fair continues through July 6. It's closed Mondays and offers special days for military, seniors and children.

-- Staff