A police detective shot and injured an auto burglary suspect who drove his car at the detective in a parking lot at the Pacific East Mall in Richmond this afternoon, a police captain said.

The two detectives were walking through the parking lot at the mall, located at 3288 Pierce St., at about 12:10 p.m. when they spotted a 19-year-old Alameda man who allegedly broke the window of a parked car to burglarize it, police Capt. Mark Gagan said.

The detectives attempted to detain the man, but he ran back to his own car parked several aisles away and got inside.

One of the detectives went to the driver’s side door, which remained open, and the other stood in front of the car, Gagan said.

The suspect accelerated toward the officer in front of the car, prompting him to fire his gun several times through the car’s windshield and then through the open driver’s side door as the suspect sped past him. The suspect was struck by bullets several times in the lower extremities, Gagan said.

Neither detective was injured.

The suspect escaped and drove about a mile away, but crashed into several parked cars and a fire hydrant in the 500 block of Cleveland Street in Albany.

The suspect was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He is in police custody and under guard at the hospital, Gagan said.



Vacaville police today arrested a suspect in the Oct. 6 murder of Vacaville High School student Demetrious Ward.

Ward, 18, was shot in the head around 1:30 a.m. as he sat in a Ford F-150 truck in the parking lot of the Canyon Creek Apartments at 159 Aegean Way.

He had surgery at a hospital and died at 4:30 a.m.

Police contacted several people who knew Ward and the suspect, Alijondro Edward Jones, 20, of Vacaville, police Lt. Matt Lydon said. Jones and Ward knew of each other and the investigation determined that Jones intended to rob Ward of a small amount of marijuana at the time Ward was shot, Lydon said.

“This was not random,” Lydon said.

Vacaville police detectives contacted Jones this morning around 10:30 a.m. when he arrived for a meeting with his probation officer, Lydon said.

Jones was arrested without incident on suspicion of murder, attempted robbery and probation violations and booked in the Solano County jail.

Jones has previous arrests for domestic violence offenses, Lydon said.


The California Highway Patrol arrested a 32-year-old Brentwood man Wednesday during an investigation into about 50 motorcycle riders who were allegedly doing stunts and evading law enforcement on Interstate Highway 680 between Milpitas and San Jose earlier this month, officials said today.

The CHP arrested Guruardas Singh Khalsa at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact, a felony, and obstructing a police officer, a misdemeanor, Capt. Jim Libby said at a news conference today at the CHP’s San Jose office. He was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility in Contra Costa County.

Khalsa, a professional motorcycle stunt rider, allegedly took and posted on YouTube a video of the alleged stunt ride on Oct. 11 by the fast-driving group on Highway 680. In the video, he is seen taunting a CHP motorcycle officer trying to stop him and then driving his own motorcycle on its back wheel, CHP officials said.

Many other motorcyclists in the video can be seen speeding by and doing wheelies in various lanes of the freeway.

The CHP’s investigative services unit last week used the video and other postings online to identify and trace him to a location in Brentwood, CHP Capt. Les Bishop said.

“I’d like to send the message out to any group or any motorcycle rider that thinks they are going to get away with this kind of behavior on our freeways, just know that while apprehension may not be immediate it is likely imminent,” Bishop said.

Libby, who heads the CHP’s special services unit, said information from what Khalsa posted about himself online and tips from the public and news coverage led officers to find and capture the suspect.

“The take away from this investigation is that the safety of the public and their ability to travel our freeways is of paramount importance to us,” Libby said.

“When we have groups like this engaging in criminal acts endangering other motorists, this is something we take very seriously,” he said.

“I can’t go into too much detail as far as the status of the investigation, but I can say that we are going to be seeking additional search and arrest warrants in this matter and that we do anticipate additional evidence surfacing and additional individuals taken into custody,” Libby said.

On Oct. 11, a CHP officer observed around 50 motorcyclists heading southbound on I-680 from the Montague Expressway in Milpitas, disregarding public safety and engaging in “juvenile acts” such as “speeding, doing wheel stands,” taunting the officer and ignoring his commands, Bishop said.

The officer decided for safety reasons to pull over and call for a back up officer, but by the time the other officer arrived, the motorcyclists had left, exiting about three miles south onto McKee Road in East San Jose, according to the CHP.

The assemblage of motorcyclists on Oct. 11 came about from messages on social media websites among individuals about meeting up for the ride and they are not known to be members of an organized group, Bishop said.

While such social media sites may be used for legal, impromptu gatherings of cars, motorcycles and other meetings, “this one was used to engage in criminal conduct endangering the public,” he said.


One person has died and another has been rescued after becoming stranded on the rocks near Lands End in San Francisco this afternoon, a fire spokeswoman said.

One person was pulled out of the water and was pronounced dead at the scene while the second victim, a 27-year-old man, was pulled to safety from some rocks, according to San Francisco Fire Department Mindy Talmadge.

Fire crews responded around 12:10 p.m. to reports of two people stuck on rocks over a cliff in the area of El Camino Del Mar and 32nd Avenue, Talmadge said.

Fire department rescue swimmers and some boat crews responded to the scene and both the U.S. Coast Guard and National Parks Service were notified.



A woman working at an Antioch massage business was arrested on suspicion of prostitution in an undercover sting on Wednesday, police said today.

Police said 49-year-old Shuping Gao of Antioch was arrested on Wednesday morning for allegedly proposing sexual acts in exchange for money to an undercover officer at the Massage Center located in the 2400 block of Sycamore Drive.

The undercover sting was prompted by complaints of suspicious activity at the business as well as advertisements posted by the business on local escort websites.

Gao was taken to county jail in Martinez and later released.

An investigation into the case is ongoing and anyone with information about the case is asked to call Antioch police Assistant Sgt. Michael Mortimer at (925) 779-6941.

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A man was shot and killed in Pittsburg on Wednesday evening, a police captain said today.

The shooting happened a short time before 7 p.m. near the intersection of West and West 11th streets, where officers found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, Pittsburg police Capt. Ron Raman said.

The victim, whose name is not yet being released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Raman said no suspect information was immediately available and that investigators are looking into whether the suspect knew the victim.

He said a preliminary investigation shows that “the victim was on foot and made contact with the suspect and during that contact he was shot.”

A large group of people at the scene of the shooting was uncooperative with police and no one was willing to provide information about the shooting, Raman said.

The killing is Pittsburg’s second murder this year.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Pittsburg police at (925) 427-7369.


Police are attempting to locate two men who scammed a victim into withdrawing money from his bank and then robbed him at gunpoint in Pinole last week.

Police said the victim was approached by two men in Vallejo last Thursday who used “an inheritance ruse” to scam the man into taking out money from his bank.

The suspects and victim then drove to a Wells Fargo bank in Pinole, where the victim withdrew a large sum of money and handed over the cash, according to police.

The suspects took the money and one of the men pointed a handgun at the victim, then exited the car and told him to drive away, police said.

The victim drove around the parking lot and returned but the suspects had fled the scene.

Police said the first suspect was described as a mustachioed black man in his late 40s who is about 6 feet tall and weighs roughly 200 pounds with a dark complexion, shaved head and a deep voice with an African accent.

He was wearing reading glasses, a large gold ring with diamonds, buttoned red shirt, lightweight black jacket and black fanny pack at the time of the robbery, according to police.

The second suspect was described as a light-skinned black man in his late 50s to early 60s who is about 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall with a thin build, short curly gray hair with a skin tag on the left side of his face and liver spots on his face and arms, according to police.

He was said to be wearing a dark gray Kangol hat.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Pinole police Detective John Corcoran at (510) 724-8950 or via email at jcorcoran@ci.pinole.ca.us.

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A male driver was killed when his car went off of a roadway and struck a tree in San Leandro on Wednesday night, police said.

The crash was discovered at about 9:30 p.m. by an officer driving in the area of Williams Street and West Gate Parkway.

A green 1999 Toyota Camry had struck a tree on the side of Williams Street. The driver, the lone occupant of the car, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The man’s name is not yet being released, according to police.

A preliminary investigation determined the car was traveling west when it veered across the eastbound lanes of traffic and struck the tree.

Investigators do not yet know why the car went off the roadway.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department’s criminal investigation division at (510) 577-3230.


Is former Journey lead singer and “die-hard Giants fan” Steve Perry….a bandwagon jumper?

Say it ain’t so, right? After all, Journey was formed in San Francisco, and Perry seems to always be in the stands….during the playoffs.

Perry won the hearts of San Francisco Giants fans when he lip-synched “Don’t Stop Believin'” during game three of the 2014 World Series.

And since game three, fans have claimed Perry “never stopped believin'”, and are asking if Perry should get a World Series ring for his “allegiance” and “dedication” to the club.

But wait, what was I saying about bandwagon jumping?

I’ll make it quick, it’ll be like tearing off a band-air. It’ll hurt at first, but then it’ll all be ok.

Here it goes….He sang “Don’t Stop Believin’ in 2005 with the White Sox and joined them on the field to celebrate, and even went to their victory parade!


It’s true, there’s video.

If anybody deserves a World Series ring from the San Francisco Giants, it’s people like Jim Broedlow, who has been a season ticket holder for 43 years, and has attended every single home opener since the early 70s. Give that man a ring, not some celebrity who only shows up for photos ops.



A Santa Rosa orthopedic surgeon was sentenced in Marin County Superior Court today to a year in jail and five years probation for arranging to meet a 13-year-old girl to commit lewd acts.

Raymond Severt, 54, sent dozens of messages to the girl in an online chat room for adults over two days in February 2013.

He was convicted by a jury of attempting lewd acts with child under 14, sending harmful matter with the intent of seducing a minor, contacting a minor for lewd purposes, arranging to meet a minor to engage in lewd acts and misdemeanor child molesting.

Severt’s attorney, Stephen Turer, claimed the girl misrepresented her age, initially stating she was 21 years old then stating she was 17, 15 and 13. Turer said the online chat room specified it was for adults over age 18.

The girl testified she enjoyed sexting a man who thought she was a woman, Turer said.

“She intended to mislead him,” Turer said.

The prosecution argued Severt should have stopped texting the girl when she said she was a minor.

The girl’s mother read the texts, took the phone and communicated with Severt as if she were her daughter. A meeting to meet was arranged and Severt was arrested by Novato police when he went to meet the girl in Novato on Feb. 11, 2013.

Severt was sentenced to the year in jail for arranging the meeting with a minor for purposes of lewd behavior. Judge Kelly Simmons stayed the remaining four counts.

Severt faced eight years in prison, but the prosecution asked Simmons to sentence Severt to four years. The probation department recommended 18 months in jail, Turer said.

“I can’t argue that the sentence was wrong or too harsh. She did the right thing, her reasoning was sound,” Turer said about the sentence.

Simmons agreed with the prosecution that Severt should have realized he was not communicating to an adult, Turer said.

Severt has credit for 124 days in jail.


Oakland police tracked down a man in Elk Grove suspected to be responsible for shooting and killing a 30-year-old mother of four in East Oakland last weekend, police said today.

Carl Stephen Dubose, 20, of Oakland was arrested in Elk Grove after a standoff with police there Wednesday afternoon, Oakland police announced in a news conference this morning.

Dubose is believed to be responsible for the death of Perla Avina, who was shot in a possible road rage incident while riding in a black 1998 Toyota Camry in the 400 to 600 blocks of 98th Avenue just after 12:30 p.m. Saturday.



CHP Motorcyclist Hit by Vehicle

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A California Highway Patrol motorcyclist was hit by a car in Oakland this morning, according to the CHP.

The crash happened at 10:10 a.m. near the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, CHP officials said.

Information on the officer’s condition was not immediately available.


A man was convicted of first-degree murder today for stabbing a 14-year-old classmate 44 times in Pleasanton in 1984, when he was 16 years old.

After deliberating for a day, a jury found Steven Carlson, 46, guilty of the April 5, 1984, murder of Tina Faelz as she walked home from school.

Faelz was found in a ditch near Interstate Highway 680 east of Foothill High School. Both attended the school and Carlson lived near the murder scene.

The case went unsolved for 27 years, but investigators connected Carlson to Faelz’s murder through DNA testing of blood found on Faelz’s purse.

The motive for the stabbing was unclear and investigators never found the murder weapon.

Carlson has a long criminal history, including convictions for committing lewd acts with a child under the age of 14 and assault.

He was arrested and charged in August 2011 with murdering Faelz.

He faces 26 years to life in prison when sentenced on Jan. 9.

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A motorcyclist was injured in a crash that briefly blocked westbound lanes of state Highway 24 in Lafayette this morning, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The crash involving a car and a motorcyclist was reported around 7:20 a.m. on westbound Highway 24 near the Central Lafayette off-ramp, CHP Officer John Fransen said.

Officers found the motorcyclist down in a left lane of traffic.

The man was conscious when he was taken to a hospital with “minor to moderate injuries,” Fransen said.

The driver of the car involved in the crash has been cooperative with the CHP investigation and drugs or alcohol are not considered factors in the collision.

The CHP shut down three westbound lanes on Highway 24 for about 20 minutes after the collision, Fransen said.

The CHP continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

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A Cloverdale man who handcuffed two teen girls while pretending to be a police officer in Mill Valley Tuesday was arrested for impersonating an officer, police said.

A witness notified Mill Valley police Tuesday evening about a man handcuffing two teen girls and placing them in the back seat of a Ford sedan that resembled a police car in the parking lot of the Alto Shopping Center on E. Blithedale Avenue, police said.

The witnesses confronted the man, who made statements indicating he was a police officer although he was not in uniform, Detective Steve Heisinger said.

Police responded around 6:30 p.m. and determined no law enforcement agencies were involved in any arrest in that area, and the Ford was gone before police arrived, Heisinger said.

The driver of the solid white Ford Crown Victoria was located and identified as Frank Christ, 26, of Cloverdale, Heisinger said.

The Ford had no logos or emblems but was equipped with antennae and internally-mounted lighting equipment, Heisinger said.

Inside the car police found portable radios and scanning devices, loaded ammunition magazines, handcuffs, pepper spray, flashlights and a controlled substance, and a legally-owned pistol was found in the trunk, Heisinger said.

The teen girls said they were acquainted with Christ and all three of them were engaging in harmless horseplay, Heisinger said.

Christ was arrested for impersonating an officer and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

He was booked in the Marin County jail but posted bail.