oakland

Four Union Pacific boxcars derail

Union Pacific crews were working Tuesday to get four freight cars back on the tracks after they derailed at an Oakland train yard the night before.

No one was injured during the incident that took place about 7:10 p.m. Monday near 13th and 14th avenues, parallel to BART tracks, said Mark Davis, a spokesman for Union Pacific.

The derailment affected four boxcars -- one containing frozen meat and three carrying lumber, Davis said.

"They were sorting them by destination ... moving them around when one tipped," Davis said. "With the other three, the wheels just came off the rail. We're in the process of putting them back on the rail now."

The cause of the derailment was under investigation on Tuesday.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund and Harry Harris, Staff

FREMONT

Suspect found hiding under mattress

A man suspected of attacking a pregnant woman was nabbed in Fremont's Cameron Hills neighborhood after eluding police for a month.

David Contreras, 36, of Fremont, was taken into custody on Friday at a home on Geddy Court, police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.

Contreras had been wanted in connection to a May incident in which police say he physically assaulted a pregnant woman.

Police would not reveal how Contreras knew the woman or say how old she is or where she is from.

After the attack, Contreras spoke with police by phone and told them they would not be able to find him, Bosques said. Police immediately began searching for Contreras and leads eventually brought them to the Geddy Court home.

Officers searched the home and found Contreras hiding under a mattress.

After a brief struggle, Bosques said, he was taken into custody and arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence, false imprisonment, preventing a victim from calling law enforcement, victim intimidation, a sex registration violation and for resisting arrest.

Police said Contreras may have been hiding at the home for the last month.

As of Tuesday he remained incarcerated at the Santa Rita Jail on $100,000 bond. Jail records show he's due in Alameda County Superior Court on Thursday to be arraigned on the charges.

Meanwhile, police have opened up an investigation into those who are believed to have harbored Contreras while knowing he was a fugitive.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 510-790-6800 or the anonymous tip line: 510-494-4856.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

OAKLAND

Man shot in the back in East Oakland

A 37-year-old man was shot in the back in East Oakland Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The man's name was not released. His condition was not immediately known but the wound was not considered life threatening, authorities said.

The shooting happened about 1:50 p.m. Tuesday in the 9200 block of Hillside Street. The man apparently lives in the area.

Police said the man was shot by someone who approached him on foot and then fled before officers arrived.

The motive has not yet been determined.

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

-- Harry Harris, Staff

FREMONT

Gas leak closes Landing Parkway area

A gas leak shut down the area of Landing Parkway between Fremont Boulevard and Warren Avenue mid-Tuesday afternoon for a short period.

Officers were dispatched at 1:36 p.m. to that area in the city's East Industrial neighborhood and when they arrived, the fire department was already there investigating the leak, said police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.

The leak was caused by a private contractor striking and rupturing an 1 1/2-inch natural gas line, Fremont fire Capt. Diane Hendry said.

Police and fire crews shut down the area until about 3 p.m. so PG&E crews could clamp the pipe.

No one was injured.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

HAYWARD

Man pleads guilty to animal cruelty

Terrell Keith Daniels, 55, of Cherryland, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after a video posted on Instagram last year purportedly showed him beating a 10-month-old shih tzu poodle-mix puppy nearly a dozen times with a leather belt.

Daniels had been set to go to trial Monday but instead entered the guilty plea, said Teresa Drenick, spokeswoman for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 18 at the Hayward Hall of Justice before Judge Morris Jacobson. Daniels, who has been free on $10,000 bail since his late 2013 arrest, faces up to a year in jail.

His attorney, Kevin Taguchi, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Alameda County animal control officers learned about the incident after receiving several tips on Sept. 18 from people who saw the video, according to a probable cause affidavit written by Alameda County sheriff's Deputy Eric Williams.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

UNION CITY

One person killed in afternoon house fire

One person died and another was injured in a house fire Tuesday afternoon, a spokeswoman for the Alameda County Fire Department said.

The fire was reported around 3 p.m. at a home in the 3300 block of San Carlos Way.

The cause of the blaze was not yet known Tuesday but remains under investigation, Knowles said.

Spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said details about the condition of the injured person were not available Tuesday afternoon.

The name, age and gender of the person who died in the fire were not immediately available.

Dyer Street between Alvarado-Niles Road and Santa Susanna Way was closed briefly.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund and Kristin Bender, Staff