OAKLAND

Trial gets underway in 2012 stabbing death

A trial began Wednesday for a Berkeley man who fatally stabbed a 26-year-old woman in an East Oakland apartment in 2012.

An attorney for 36-year-old Jamaal Prince told jurors that his client killed 26-year-old Jennifer "Jessica" Kingeter in self-defense, and he will seek a manslaughter conviction at the trial's end.

Kingeter, of Berkeley, was stabbed dozens of times on Dec. 28, 2012, in the East Oakland apartment that belonged to the mother of Prince's child.

Julius Johnson, a man who was with Kingeter and Prince in the apartment immediately before the stabbing, failed to show up to testify on Wednesday. Alameda County Judge Jon Rolefson issued a warrant for Johnson's arrest.

-- Malaika Fraley, Staff

BAY AREA

Multitude of issues causes BART delays

A perfect storm of mechanical issues, medical problems and police activity on BART caused systemwide delays Wednesday morning, officials said.

The back-ups began about 7:30 a.m. in the Fremont and Richmond directions after passengers reportedly jammed doors on some of those trains, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said. At 8 a.m., the Pittsburg-Bay Point line backed up after a person suffered an unknown medical issue, and at 8:22 a.m., BART police stopped a train at the Coliseum station to search for a bike-theft suspect, Trost said.


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"All of those things on their own wouldn't cause major delays but when they happen around the same time on the same lines it backs everything up," Trost said.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

OAKLAND

North Carolina woman hit by Coca-Cola truck

A woman struck by a Coca-Cola truck as she walked along Interstate 880 early Tuesday has been identified as a North Carolina resident, according to the Alameda County Coroner's Office.

Aquella Hall, 20, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, died after she was struck and killed by a truck about 4:20 a.m. near the 98th Avenue exit, according to the coroner and the California Highway Patrol.

Authorities were continuing to investigate how Hall ended up on the interstate, Officer Sean Wilkenson said Wednesday. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the CHP at 510-450-3821.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

CASTRO VALLEY

Eden Healthcare board has an open seat

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Eden Township Healthcare District board to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of longtime board member Carole Rogers, who is moving out of the district. Rogers' term runs through the end of the year.

The board has 60 days to appoint someone to fill the vacancy. If no appointment is made, county supervisors have 30 days to name someone to the post.

Applicants must live in the health care district, which includes Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, Ashland, Cherryland and Fairview. The district no longer owns a hospital but awards health-related grants to nonprofit groups. The board meets once a month.

Applications for the vacancy are due by July 15.

Anyone interested in applying for the seat should contact Dev Mahadevan or Barbara Adranly at the district office, 20400 Lake Chabot Road, Suite 104, Castro Valley, or call 510-538-2031.

Three of the district board seats will be on the November ballot, including Rogers'. The filing period for the November election is July 14 through Aug. 8.

-- Rebecca Parr, Staff

FREMONT

Suspicious items found at hospital

Washington Hospital was under a "high-security alert" Wednesday because staff found suspicious items, but investigators said it is safe for people to be there while the investigation continues.

Police said that it appears the items were left behind accidentally by a patient who came to the hospital in an ambulance, Sgt. Jeff Campbell said.

Campbell said the items were found "several days ago," but that police were not alerted until Tuesday around noon. The items are legal, but were suspicious enough to touch off an investigation that initially included the FBI, Campbell said.

"We don't know if they were discarded property or left behind to scare somebody," he said.

Hospital spokesman Chris Brown said the facility was operating normally on Wednesday, though under strict security regulations.

"We don't want people who need to come here for care bypassing that care in any way over concerns they may have over this," Brown said. "Safety is our top priority, not only for the patients but for the doctors and caregivers, and everyone involved here."

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

OAKLAND

Fire guts unoccupied home in early morning

A fire early Wednesday gutted a house in the Sobrante Park neighborhood in East Oakland, officials said.

The fire erupted about 1:35 a.m. Wednesday at the single family home in the 600 block of El Paso Drive.

The house was fully engulfed by fire when firefighters arrived on scene, and 21 firefighters brought the blaze under control by about 2:05 a.m. Batallion Chief Geoff Hunter said. No injuries were reported.

The fire's cause has not been determined. Hunter estimated damage to be at least $250,000.

-- Harry Harris, Staff