OAKLAND

Woman found stabbed to death in street

A woman was found stabbed to death on a West Oakland street early Thursday, police said.

Police were trying to identify the woman found by a motorist at the intersection of 24th and Chestnut streets about 3:45 a.m.

Homicide investigators were called to the case. It was not known if the woman was killed where she was found or somewhere else and left there by her attacker.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the killer. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

SAN LEANDRO

Woman loses jewelry in tree-trimming scam

Men posing as employees of a tree trimming company stole an elderly resident's jewelry this week, police said.

A resident in the 500 block of Pearson Avenue near Johnson Street told police that two men knocked on her door about 4 p.m. Wednesday and offered to trim her trees, said Lt. Randy Brandt.

While one spoke with her, the second man sneaked into her home and took some jewelry. The men drove away in a small dark-colored sport utility vehicle.

The woman called police a little later when she realized her home had been burglarized, Brandt said.


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Police said the suspects were two Latino males in their 20s, who are 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. They were casually dressed and spoke Spanish over two-way radios.

Police are asking anyone who sees suspicious activity or thinks they may be a victim of a similar scam to call them at 510-577-3230 or contact the anonymous tip line at 510-577-3278.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

OAKLAND ¿

Murder charges filed in December shooting

Murder charges have been filed against a man accused of fatally shooting an acquaintance in December during a dispute over a woman, according to authorities.

Investigators said Thursday that video surveillance tapes played a key role in identifying the suspect, Lyle "Jersey" Johnson, also known as Isiah Lowery, 23. He was arrested in Las Vegas June 26.

Johnson is charged in the Dec. 27 fatal shooing of Aubert Gholston, 26.

Officer Jason Andersen said the two men knew each other and were having a dispute over a woman they both knew who was close to Gholston.

On the day of the killing, the two men began to argue when Johnson confronted Gholston in a car on the street. During argument, Johnson shot Gholston, Andersen said.

Andersen said police found witnesses but the key piece of evidence was videotape from the scene of the shooting.

Johnson was arrested at a relative's home in Las Vegas and awaits extradition.

Police said Johnson claimed the shooting was self-defense.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

SAN LEANDRO

Police use videotape to catch suspect

Surveillance tape from inside an optometry business helped police find the man accused of burglarizing it.

Oakland resident Joseph Garrison, 30, was carrying a bag with some of the store's eyeglasses when officers caught up with him in Oakland about five hours after the 5 a.m. Tuesday burglary, said San Leandro police Lt. Randall Brandt.

Police arriving at the store in the 1300 block of MacArthur Boulevard found the front window shattered, Brandt said, and several dozen eyeglasses were missing.

Officers checking the surveillance videotape got a good look at the suspects and their vehicle.

Police are seeking two suspects who were with Garrison in the shop.

Garrison was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon on a charge of burglary. He was being held in the Santa Rita Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

FREMONT

City closing streets for July Fourth parade

Several downtown streets will close Friday for the annual Fremont 4th of July Parade.

Stevenson Boulevard, between Civic Center Drive and Paseo Padre Parkway, will close at 7 a.m.

The following roadways will close at 9:30 a.m.: Paseo Padre Parkway, between Mowry Avenue and Stevenson Boulevard; Capitol Avenue, between State Street and Paseo Padre Parkway; Hastings Street, between Capitol and Mowry avenues; Walnut Drive, between Liberty Street and Civic Center Drive; and Liberty Street, between Beacon and Capitol avenues.

The closed streets will reopen at 1 p.m.

The parade will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, visit www.fremont4th.org.

-- Chris De Benedetti, Staff

OAKLAND

Multivehicle crash backs up I-880 traffic

A multivehicle wreck involving a box truck along East Oakland's southbound Interstate 880 shut down three lanes for more than an hour and backed up traffic for miles Thursday morning.

High Patrol Officers were sent at 8:42 a.m. to I-880 south just south of 98th Avenue for a wreck involving three or more vehicles, said Officer Kevin Bartlett.

One person had minor injuries.

All three lanes of traffic reopened just before 10 a.m., the CHP said.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

OAKLAND

Man gets 4 years for Pinole bank robbery

A Vallejo man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his role in an armed robbery of a Mechanics Bank in Pinole.

Kevin Tyrone Buford, 27, will serve 90 months in prison for casing the bank three days before the March 1, 2013, robbery and acting as a lookout during the heist that netted more than $3,000, the U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday.

The robbery gunman, Gary Casdell Fite II, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

-- Karina Ioffee, Staff