A boy who died when one of two speeding cars crashed into a light pole in San Jose early Saturday was 15-year-old Vladimir Cavadas Vargas, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office.

The two cars were speeding west on Hillsdale Avenue at about 3:15 a.m. Saturday, San Jose police said.

One of the drivers lost control when the vehicles approached Meridian Avenue, turned sideways and struck the light pole, police said.

Vargas, of San Jose, was one of three people ejected from the car.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A female juvenile and another male juvenile who were ejected were both hospitalized with serious injuries, police said.

The driver of the car that crashed fled the scene and the driver of the other car drove away.

Police who arrived at the scene were unable to locate either of them and they remain at large.

A preliminary investigation determined that alcohol was a factor in the crash, police said.


Law enforcement officers arrested a 34-year-old man on Friday in Watsonville on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sale, a member of Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team Gang Task Force said.

Sergio Quezada Chavez was arrested after members of the task force and inspectors from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security served a search warrant at a home in the 500 block of East Lake Avenue at about 9:40 a.m., according to the task force.

Task force members found more than 16 grams of crystal methamphetamine, packaging material, a scale and more than $2,800 in cash at the home. Members believe the cash was proceeds from the sale of the drug.

Task force members estimate the value of the methamphetamine at $1,000 to $2,000.


An Oakland police officer suffered minor injuries when a driver crashed into a patrol car while fleeing from a traffic stop early Sunday morning in West Oakland.

The hit-and-run occurred at 12:28 a.m. Sunday in the vicinity of 52nd and Genoa streets. Officers patrolling the area in response to recent criminal activity attempted to stop the car when it turned onto Genoa, a cul-de-sac.

Instead of stopping, the driver put the vehicle in reverse and crashed into the patrol car, causing minor injury to one of the two officers inside before fleeing the scene.

Police Lt. Chris Bolton said in a statement that neighbors near and within the 5100 block of Genoa Street “may have seen a lot of police activity.”

Bolton declined to provide a description of the vehicle, saying that information will not be released until investigators have followed up on all possible leads.


A pit bull that attacked and severely injured a woman at her home in Pinole on Sunday morning has since been euthanized, according to Contra Costa County Animal Services.

Rescue crews were dispatched to Silverado Drive around 10 a.m. Sunday. At the scene, they found a 40-year-old woman with significant injuries to her face, legs and arms, fire officials said.

Paramedics administered advanced life support treatment and the victim was subsequently flown to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, according to fire officials.

“It’s a horrific tragedy for the family,” Contra Costa County Animal Services Lt. Joe DeCosta said. “Not only do we have a severely injured family member but they also lost their pet.”

The pit bull suffered stab wounds and blunt-force trauma from a baseball bat, but DeCosta said those injuries were probably a result of the victim and one other person trying to fight off the attack.

“The dog was humanely euthanized,” DeCosta said. “It’s over at the health department getting tested for rabies.”

DeCosta said Animal Services officials are investigating whether the dog’s owner may have violated a state law requiring pet owners to take precautions with mischievous or dangerous animals.

“Was this preventable and is there any liability here?” DeCosta said. “We’re going to investigate all aspects of the case.”

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Monterey County sheriff’s officials are investigating the homicide of a man found shot to death early this morning in a parking lot in the unincorporated area of Pajaro just south of Watsonville.

At 1:40 a.m., a motorist flagged down deputies and reported seeing a male lying in the parking lot of a business at the intersection of Salinas Road and Fremont Street, sheriff’s Sgt. Terry Kaiser said.

Deputies located the man, who was dead and appeared to have been shot, Kaiser said.

The homicide remains under investigation and deputies are not releasing the victim’s name until his family members are notified, Kaiser said.

Sheriff’s officials are asking anyone who traveled through the area of the intersection between midnight and 2 a.m. today and who saw any activity there to call Kaiser or sheriff’s Investigator Brett Speirs at (831) 755-3772 or an anonymous tip line at (888) 833-4847.


Green Bay Packers defensive back Jarrett Bush was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication after a disturbance outside of a downtown Vacaville restaurant early Sunday morning, Vacaville city spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said.

Police responded around 2:15 a.m. to a large fight in front of Evelyn’s Big Italian Pizzeria & Ristorante at 555 Main St., Mazzaferro said.

Most of the large crowd in front of the restaurant quickly dispersed without incident when police arrived but a few remained, including Bush, Mazzaferro said.

Bush continued to create a disturbance and was taken into custody on suspicion of public intoxication, according to Mazzaferro.

After his arrest, police learned Bush was a Green Bay Packer and Vacaville resident, Mazzaferro said.

He was cooperative while detained and was taken to the Solano County Jail. No charges were filed against Bush and he was released a short time later, Mazzaferro said.

Police may release from custody any person without a warrant if they determine there are insufficient grounds for a criminal complaint, according to Mazzaferro.

Police also may release someone without a warrant if they were arrested for intoxication only and no further proceedings are desirable, he said.

The arrest record of a person arrested under those circumstances shall include a record of release and the arrest shall be deemed a detention only, Mazzaferro said.


Police in Morgan Hill arrested three convicted felons Thursday afternoon after responding to a report of a man brandishing a firearm from inside a recreational vehicle on U.S. Highway 101.

Officers responding to the area of Highway 101 and East Dunne Avenue found the RV and two additional vehicles parked along the northbound shoulder. After conducting a high-risk stop on the parked vehicles, officers allegedly found a loaded .22 caliber handgun, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia.

All three suspects were convicted felons, which prohibits them from possession of firearms or ammunition, according to police.

Officers subsequently arrested Gilbert Maldonado, 50, Hector Maldonado, 31, and Devina Ojeda, 22, all from San Jose.

Hector Maldonado was wanted for violating the terms of his Post-release Community Supervision (PRCS), and Ojeda was on active felony probation out of Santa Clara County, according to police.

The Morgan Hill Police Department is asking anyone with additional information about the case to call Detective Jason Broyer at (408) 779-2101.

Anonymous callers can dial (408) 947-7867.

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Police used beanbag rounds to disarm a woman who was carrying a rifle with a mounted scope through a busy business district in Santa Cruz Saturday, police said.

Police said the gun turned out to be a BB gun or pellet rifle, which does not fire bullets.

Around 2:30 p.m., police began receiving calls about a woman carrying a rifle with a mounted scope in the area of Fair Avenue and Mission Street/Cabrillo Highway, Lt. Warren Barry said.

Police shut down a portion of Mission Street and redirected traffic away from the area, police said.

The woman, who Barry said is in her 30s, was standing next to a motor home and police ordered her to drop the rifle, but she refused.

Barry said officers used less-than-lethal munitions and hit her three times before she dropped the gun. He said the woman did not suffer any major injuries.

“I’m sure she’ll be sore,” Barry said, adding the impact is akin to being hit with a softball.

After the woman was taken into custody, police said they determined the gun was a pellet rifle.

A psychiatric health unit within the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency is evaluating the woman, police said.

Barry said if she is arrested and charged, it would be on suspicion of delaying police officers in the performance of their duties.

“This portion of Mission Street is part of (state) Highway 1 and it’s a busy business district,” Barry said. “To have someone walking around with what looks like a rifle with a mounted scope caused a great deal of concern.”

Barry said officers did not receive any reports that she pointed the gun at anyone.


A 25-year-old man was killed after he sped his way into a construction zone on Interstate Highway 580 in Oakland early Saturday morning, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said today.

The man was identified as Oakland resident Gregory Davis Jr., according to the Alameda County coroner’s bureau.

Around 2:45 a.m., Davis was speeding on eastbound Highway 580 at Grand Avenue at speeds of more than 100 mph, CHP Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said.

A CHP unit on the other side of the freeway saw the speeding car and was about to conduct a traffic stop, but Davis crashed into the construction zone where a crew were working to repair a guardrail on the slow lane, which was closed off with cones, Wilkenfeld said.

Davis hit a truck shadowing the crew and the truck was pushed into the fast lane, according to Wilkenfeld.

An occupant of the truck was not injured in the crash, but Davis was pronounced dead at the scene, the spokesman said.

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A 14-year-old boy was killed in a shooting in East Oakland on Saturday evening, a police spokeswoman said today.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 3300 block of Brookdale Avenue around 7:50 p.m., Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson said.

The boy, later identified as Oakland resident Davon Ellis, was found suffering from a gunshot wound, Watson said.

He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Watson.

Based on a preliminary investigation, Davon was walking with his friends when he was shot, she said.

No other injuries were reported.

No arrests have been made in the shooting, according to Watson.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a reward of up to $20,000 for any information leading to an arrest in the homicide.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Police Department’s homicide section at (510) 238-3821.

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The drivers of two speeding cars are at large after one of their vehicles crashed into a light pole and ejected three people, leaving one person dead and two others injured, in San Jose early Saturday, a police spokeswoman said.

Both cars were traveling west at a high rate of speed on Hillsdale Avenue at about 3:15 a.m., San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol said.

When the vehicles approached Meridien Avenue, one of the drivers lost control of their vehicle, turned sideways and struck a light pole, Randol said.

Of the three people ejected from the car, one was a male juvenile who was pronounced dead at the scene, she said.

The other two people were a female juvenile and another male juvenile who both suffered serious injuries and were transported to a hospital, according to Randol.

The drivers of both cars fled the scene before officers arrived, she said.

The driver of the second speeding car fled in their vehicle, which has not been found this morning, Randol said.

Investigators have determined that alcohol was a factor in the crash, she said.


A 35-year-old man was robbed of his clothing and valuables after he agreed to smoke marijuana with two men in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood early Thursday morning, a police spokeswoman said Friday.

Officers responded to a report of a robbery around 3:45 a.m. and based on the police investigation, the victim was walking on Broadway Street where two men approached him and invited him to smoke weed with them, according to San Francisco police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan.

Police said the victim took the men up on their offer and walked with them to an apartment, possibly a hotel room, located a couple blocks away in the 2000 block of Polk Street.

Gatpandan said the suspects and the victim smoked weed together and at some point the suspects asked the victim if they could see his phone.

The victim declined to let the men see his phone.

Later, the victim got hot and decided to take his jacket and pants off, Gatpandan said.

When the victim got up to go to the bathroom, the suspects stole his clothing, punched him in the face and took his valuables, including his cellphone and wallet, Gatpandan said.

The victim suffered minor bruising to his cheek but refused medical treatment.

Officers are investigating the robbery but have not yet made any arrests.

The suspects are described as two black men between 25 and 35 years old. One suspect was described as wearing a hoodie and dark jeans, while the other was described only as wearing dark-colored clothing.


A three-alarm fire at a one-story warehouse in Oakland on Saturday resulted in an estimated $500,000 in damage, a fire official said.

Fire crews responded to a report of a building on fire in the 4200 block of East 12th Street around 6:50 a.m., Oakland fire Battalion Chief Lisa Baker said.

The first crew arrived to the scene and found the warehouse was fully involved in flames that were shooting through the roof, Baker said.

The blaze was difficult to battle because there was a large amount of wood inside and the building was compartmentalized, according to Baker.

The blaze was under control shortly before 8 a.m., Baker said.

There were no reported injuries, she said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


A 24-year-old Gilroy man suffered major injuries after he fell from a cliff onto rocks and into the surf below at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County on Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP Officer James Andrews said the man was hiking with a church group from Gilroy near Arch Rock when either the ground gave way or he slipped, falling some 60 to 80 feet to the rocks below.

The man hit the rocks and ricocheted into the surf, but Andrews said he was able to pull himself out of the water and onto a rock outcropping.

Two good Samaritans ran down a narrow goat trail to the beach and then swam to the rock to assist him, Andrews said.

The surf was coming in quickly, stranding the three people on the rock, Andrews said.

Some other people ran to an area where they could get cell phone service and called 911 around 4:15 p.m., he said. Marin County firefighters then called the CHP to assist with a helicopter rescue.

A Marin County fire captain boarded the CHP helicopter and helped to hoist the man from the rocks below, Andrews said.

The CHP helicopter transported the man to the Bear Valley Visitor Center inside the park, where Andrews said an ambulance was waiting to transport him to a trauma center.

The helicopter then returned to pick up the two good Samaritans who were still stranded on the rock.

Andrews said the man is expected to survive his injuries. The rescue took approximately an hour to complete, he said.

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A 65-year-old woman was hospitalized with two bullet wounds after she became the unintended target of gunfire this morning in Salinas, police said.

Officers responded at 10:44 a.m. to a report of shots fired in the area of Garner Avenue between Pacific Avenue and North Sanborn Road, police said.

As the officers were responding, police said the dispatch center received information that there was a shooting victim in the 1000 block of Sieber Avenue near Garner Avenue.

Police said the officers found a 65-year-old woman with gunshot wounds to the hip and arm that are not considered life threatening.

An initial investigation determined the woman was actually standing inside her apartment when the shots were fired, police said.

Witnesses reportedly told police that a blue van drove by the house and a passenger in the car shot at an unidentified male who was standing outside and nearby the victim’s house.

Police said officers do not yet know if the incident is gang-related and are continuing to investigate the shooting.

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