OAKLAND

Oscar Grant's aunt slain, relatives say

A woman shot to death Tuesday night outside her East Oakland home has been identified by relatives as Lanedria Grant, 47, who they described as a loving mother and grandmother.

A 31-year-old man also wounded in the shooting was recovering. His name has not been released by police.

Relatives of Grant said she was the mother of five, grandmother of nine and the aunt of Oscar Grant III, fatally shot by former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale BART Station on New Year's Day 2009.

Relatives said the good weather on Tuesday night brought many people outside, including children and older residents, when a gunman opened fire about 6:45. p.m. in the 600 block of Douglas Avenue in the Brookfield Village area.

Bertrina Grant-Works, of Oakland, the dead woman's sister, said the family cannot think of a reason why anyone would want to shoot her. She does not know the name of the man wounded or if her sister knew him.

"I really can't explain the loss. Everyone is very hurt," Grant-Works said.

Lanedria Grant's son, Anthony Holly, 28, of Reno, said in a phone call what happened to his mother "is not fair and it's not right. I have two daughters and now my mom is not going to see them grow up."


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Grant died at the scene. The gunman apparently fled in a car.

Police have not released a motive or said who they think was the intended target.

Grant-Works said the family is in the process of setting up a fund to pay for funeral expenses.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $15,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the shooter. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

-- Malaika Fraley and Harry Harris, Staff

RICHMOND

Food trucks for dogs coming to Point Isabel

The gourmet food truck trend has gone to the dogs.

Milo's Kitchen, a dog treat company based in San Francisco, is starting an "Off the Grid"-style food truck experience that caters to dogs and their pet parents.

Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck will hand out free tasty treats -- chicken meatballs and grilled burger bites -- from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at San Francisco's Marina Green, and on Saturday, the gourmet truck will head over the Bay to Point Isabel Dog Park in Richmond starting at 7:30 a.m. According to a news release, pet owners can take family photos and "doggy selfies" in a photo booth or hang out in the "Lapdog Lounge."

The truck plans to make a few "surprise" stops in Richmond, and it has summer tour stops scheduled across the country, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta and New York City.

For more information, check out the company's Twitter page twitter.com/miloskitchen.

-- Samantha Clark, Staff

BERKELEY

Test drive an electric car at farmers' market

The public is invited to test drive electric cars for free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in an event sponsored by Bay Area's regional air pollution and transportation planning agencies.

It will be held at the Berkeley Farmers' Market on Center Street between Milvia Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Licensed drivers can test drive the latest electric vehicle models from Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Nissan and others. Those taking test drives also will be given a $5 token good to buy Farmers' Market items.

For information on other test drive events, visit www.energycenter.org/ExperienceElectric.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

BERKELEY

Search warrants yield shooting suspect

One man was arrested Thursday morning after police served four search warrants in Berkeley and Oakland in connection with a June 11 shooting in Berkeley that left two men wounded, authorities said.

Some guns were also recovered but whether they were used in the shooting has not been determined, authorities said.

The warrants were served by Berkeley and Oakland police SWAT teams at homes in the 1600 block of Julia Street, the 1600 block of Russell Street and the 1500 block of Blake Street in Berkeley and the 4600 block of Tyrrell Street in Oakland. The arrest occurred at the Oakland site. The man's name was not released.

The search warrants were part of the ongoing investigation into the June 11 shootout between two groups near the corner of Russell and California streets in Berkeley that wounded two men, ages 21 and 18.

One person was arrested at the time but it was not immediately know if he was charged.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

SAN LEANDRO

Bystander bit by police dog during chase

A man and three juveniles accused of robbing two young brothers in San Leandro and carjacking another person in Oakland were nabbed by police following a police chase in which a police dog bit an innocent bystander.

About 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday, the brothers were walking south along the 900 block of Bancroft Avenue when a person with a gun robbed them of their cellphones, police said.

The victims dialed 911 and gave police a description of the robber and getaway car, which was headed toward Oakland, said Lt. Randy Brandt. A detective spotted the suspect vehicle in Oakland, and discovered it had been stolen during a carjacking in Oakland earlier in the day, Brandt said.

Officers attempted to stop the car, which took off. During the chase the suspect vehicle rammed a police patrol cruiser, but the officer was not injured, Brandt said. After the suspect car struck a second vehicle on Bancroft Avenue, near 90th Avenue, the driver and a passenger ditched the vehicle and ran off. The passenger was caught and detained but the driver -- also the suspect in the San Leandro robbery -- got away.

The driver ran past an innocent bystander, and a police dog chasing him bit the bystander, Brandt said. That person suffered a puncture wound to the arm. Police caught and arrested three of the suspected robbers on suspicion of being in possession of a stolen vehicle.

On Thursday morning, detectives arrested the fourth suspect in unincorporated San Leandro on suspicion of robbery, carjacking, felony evading and assaulting a police officer. The identity of the driver, an adult, has not been released.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at 510-577-3230 or the Anonymous Tip Line at 510-577-3278. Citizens can send an anonymous tip to police by texting the word SLPD and the tip to 88777.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

MARTINEZ

Coroner to hold inquest into man's fall

The death of a 47-year-old Richmond man who fell from a sixth-story window onto a fourth-floor balcony last year will be reviewed during an inquest by the Contra Costa County Corner next month.

The death of Link Pernard Muldrow on Oct. 21 will be reviewed during the inquest at 9 a.m. July 14, at the A.F. Bray Courthouse, Contra Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

Officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the Nevin Plaza Housing Project at 2400 Nevin Avenue and at some point, Muldrow fell to his death, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

Police were unable to make contact with Muldrow before he fell, Abetkov said.

The inquest is the standard protocol after any death in which officers are present. Facts will be presented to a jury, and the jury will determine whether Muldrow died by accident, suicide or was killed by someone.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

WALNUT CREEK

Big-rig crash closes freeway for 5 hours

All lanes of Interstate 680 reopened nearly five hours after a big-rig overturned and snarled Thursday morning's commute in Contra Costa County, the California Highway Patrol said.

The CHP opened all southbound lanes of traffic about 11 a.m., after clearing the vehicle and removing a fuel spill from the roadway.

The truck's driver suffered head and neck injuries in the crash, which took place just before 6:35 a.m. near North Main Street. The big-rig, carrying dirt, was traveling north on I-680 when it overturned and part of the vehicle ended up in the interstate's southbound lanes, CHP Officer Eric Anderson said.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff