TRACY MAN DIES AFTER CRASH: A 56-year-old Tracy man who became ill and crashed his car into a telephone pole Sunday has died.
George Apostol died Tuesday at ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton, Livermore police said. His mother, 80-year-old Gloria Apostol, of Livermore, a passenger, died several hours after the crash.
George Apostol was westbound on Olivina Avenue at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday in his 1973 Dodge pickup with his sister Diana Apostol, 50, of Livermore, and their mother when he lost consciousness. The truck drifted into the oncoming lane, sideswiped a parked car and crashed into the pole.
George Apostol, who sustained minor injuries, was revived through CPR. He and his sister were wearing seat belts, and it's believed he may have had a heart attack.
Their mother, who was not wearing a seat belt, was severely injured and died while undergoing surgery at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.
— Sophia Kazmi
Registration opens for Summer Day Camps: Be a mad scientist, a LEGO engineer or a cheerleader at a Tracy summer camp.
Registration has begun for the programs, which are offered for preschoolers and children ages 5 to 12.
Prices vary. Camps are held at
— Elizabeth Croisetiere
FUNDRAISER FOR SLAIN OFFICER'S FAMILY: A fundraiser for the family of slain Oakland police Sgt. Ervin Romans will be held Sunday in Danville.
The event, put on by the town and Salute Entertainment, runs from 3 to 7 p.m.
Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children. The event will feature food from local restaurants, wine, games and music.
Auction items include an Arlen Ness motorcycle and three nights at the Beverly Wilshire hotel with a guest spot
on the television show "Private Practice."
Romans, of Danville, was one of four Oakland officers killed after a traffic stop in March. The suspect, Lovelle Mixon, was killed by police.
Tickets are available at www.eticketcentral.com, by calling 877-449-7542 or at the door. Donations can also be sent to Salute Entertainment/Salute To Blue, P.O. Box 911 San Ramon, CA 94583.
— Eric Louie
CHP SEARCHING FOR INJURED MAN: The California Highway Patrol is searching for a motorcyclist who crashed into another vehicle on Interstate 680 on Wednesday, possibly breaking his leg, and then fled in someone's van.
The crash occurred about 2:15 p.m., just north of El Cerro Boulevard, CHP Officer Mike Wright said. The motorcyclist was headed south when he crashed into the back of a vehicle and then into a wall. Witnesses said he had what appeared to be a compound fracture of his leg.
"If someone has a compound fracture, it could be life-threatening if not treated," Wright said. "But we're basing the (injury) on witness reports."
The man got into a van and was driven away, Wright said. Officers Wednesday evening were calling area hospitals in an attempt to find him. No other injuries were reported.
— Roman Gokhman
CANCER SURVIVOR EVENTS: A pair of free upcoming events are planned for cancer survivors and their families, including a panel discussion that will also be open to the public.
A picnic lunch will be held for cancer survivors and their families Sunday.
Celebration at the Ranch will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Little Hills Ranch, 18013 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon.
The event is sponsored by the East Bay Cancer Collaborative and the Picnic People and will include live music, dancing, games, swimming and massages for the entire family. To RSVP call 925-734-3319.
Another event honoring cancer survivors will be held 7 to 9 p.m. June 10 at Faz restaurant, 5121 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton. The dessert reception, entitled "Seeds of Opportunity," will feature a panel of four cancer survivors sharing their stories of personal growth since they were diagnosed and treated for cancer.
The event is open to the public. To register, call, 925-734-3319 by June 5.
— Sophia Kazmi
music series kicks off: Come kick off the Music in the Park series at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lincoln Park.
Music in the Park is a weekly performance series held in June and July at Lincoln Park that is free and hosted by the Tracy Arts Commission.
Bring a blanket and picnic dinner and enjoy a night of 1970s disco dance hits mixed with 1980s-'90s pop classics performed by The Cheeseballs. The group of seven performers has entertained audiences from Las Vegas to Hawaii for more than 15 years.
On June 11, Mambo Tropical comes to Tracy with a blend of contemporary and classical salsa, cumbia, meringue and reggae music all steeped in Afro-Cuban traditions. The group performed at the international Festival Tirado in Mexico and is led by vocalist Yvette Watts, who studied with Russian opera legends Marina Koshetz and Nela Girolo. She is a native of San Luis Obispo and won first prize at the Festival de la Cancion Latino Americana.
Other featured bands in the concert series include: Latin Essence on June 18, Delta Wires on June 25, Stompy Jones on July 2, Dave Russell Band on July 9, Black Irish Band on July 16 and Elvis impersonator Jeremy Pearce on July 23.
For more information call, 209-831-6295.
— Elizabeth Croisetiere