OAKLAND

Two men injured in separate shootings

Two men were shot 2½ hours apart, more than a mile from each¿ other, in West Oakland on Sunday night, police said.

Both men are expected to recover, and police don't believe the shootings are related. The victims' names were not released.

About 7:30 p.m. Sunday, a 24-year-old man said he was shot by another man in the 1100 block of Chester Street, not far from the West Oakland BART station.

The man, who got a ride to a hospital from a friend, didn't know why the man shot him. The gunman fled on foot after the shooting. The victim was in stable condition.

At 5:02 p.m. Sunday, a 24-year-old man was shot in the 2100 block of Linden Street. He told police he was walking when he heard gunfire and realized he had been wounded. He got his own transportation to a hospital and was in stable condition.

No motive was released, and no suspects have been arrested.

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 suspect or suspects. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

OAKLAND

Fire guts house, injures resident

A man suffered minor burns on his head and was hospitalized Monday morning in a house fire just west of Interstate 580, a battalion chief said.

The one-alarm blaze at the home in the 3200 block of 35th Avenue, near Suter Street, gutted the home and left it uninhabitable, Oakland fire Battalion Chief Lisa Baker said. Crews arrived to find heavy flames and smoke coming from the house, she said, and the blaze spread quickly to the attic.

The home's resident told fire crews he woke up to the smell of smoke and ran out of the home. His injuries were not considered life-threatening. The house did not have a working smoke alarm, Baker said.

The fire started at 5:31 a.m. and was under control in 10 minutes, Baker said.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

BERKELEY

Man with a dozen DUI convictions arrested

A San Lorenzo man with more than a dozen convictions for drunken driving has been arrested on suspicion of that offense once again, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officers collared Blancy Costello on suspicion of felony DUI around 7 p.m. Sunday after citizens called 911 and told police somebody appeared to be driving drunk.

Costello allegedly collided with another vehicle on westbound Interstate 80, near University Avenue, according to the CHP's Oakland Facebook page.

The driver of the other was uninjured, police said.

Costello also was arrested in similar circumstances on April 24 in Oakland, police said. On that day, callers reported seeing Costello driving drunk on westbound I-580, near Fruitvale Avenue. Costello is accused of colliding with four vehicles in three separate collisions that day and faces a charge of felony DUI in connection with that incident, police said.

The CHP said on its Facebook page that Costello has been convicted of DUI more than a dozen times and that he has felony DUIs on his record related to having so many.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

OAKLAND

Drug operation sparked blast, authorities say

An explosion and fire Friday night that caused serious damage to the foundation of an Eastlake apartment building and badly burned two men resulted from a mishap in the manufacturing of hashish oil, authorities said Monday.

The two men suspected in the drug operation, one 22 and the other 25, remained hospitalized Monday with second-degree burns. Their names were not released.

Authorities said the men had lived in a lower unit of the apartment for a few months and are suspected of heating butane to convert marijuana to hashish oil.

Something went wrong in the process, prompting an explosion of butane canisters that caused some of the building to fall off its foundation. A fire also erupted, and it took firefighters 20 minutes to control the blaze.

The men fled but showed up later at a hospital claiming they were injured in a camping accident, authorities said. They were later transferred to a San Francisco hospital for treatment.

The investigation into the explosion is continuing. The building was declared unsafe by city building inspectors and remained vacant Monday.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

CONCORD

Driver arrested in crash that killed two

Police have arrested a 24-year-old Concord man who they say had been drinking before he caused a crash that killed a woman and her toddler daughter Friday night on Willow Pass Road.

Gerardo Harquin has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in the deaths of Lorena Dominguez, 23, and her 21-month-daughter, Khloe Duenas.

The mother and daughter were in a car traveling on the Kinne Boulevard overcrossing, near the former Concord Naval Weapons Station, when Harquin's SUV crossed a divider and hit their vehicle head-on, authorities said.

The baby was transported to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, and Dominguez was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland; both later succumbed to their injuries. Dominguez's boyfriend also suffered major injuries and was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

Three boys, ages 12, 16 and 17, who were traveling with Harquin, suffered moderate injuries and were also transported to hospitals.

Police say Harquin was under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Concord police Officer Ken Carlson at 925-603-5931.

Harquin was transported to County Jail in Martinez and has also been charged with driving under the influence, child endangerment and lying about his name. He is being held on $575,000 bail.

-- Karina Ioffee, Staff