Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man they say burglarized a home, while with his toddler-aged daughter, after giving the drunk homeowner a ride and helping him inside.

It happened back on the evening of September 21. The victim told deputies he was intoxicated while walking to his home on East Cliff Drive.

The homeowner flagged down a passing car for a ride. That vehicle is described as some kind of 90’s model dark-colored, imported sedan. The unidentified male driver had a female toddler believed to be his daughter in the car.

Deputies say the driver took the victim home, helped him inside, then waited until he fell asleep. Over the next four hours, the driver, accompanied by the toddler, took two big-screen televisions, furniture, a laptop computer, golf clubs, two men’s suits and a tuxedo from the home.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man around 20 years of age. Investigators say he was wearing black shoes, white socks, black shorts, a white T-shirt, and a black beanie with multi-colored stripes. There was no description on the toddler.

The entire incident was captured on the home’s video surveillance system.

Sheriff’s officials are asking anyone with any information on the identity of the suspect or the toddler to call the Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (831) 471-1121.


Police are investigating a fatal early morning shooting in Oakland.

Investigators say it was reported around 1:18 a.m. in the 1100 block of Clay Street. The victim was taken to the hospital where he later died.

No suspects have been arrested and no motive has been determined. It’s Oakland’s 54th homicide of the year.


Fire officials say a Hayward woman was not hurt after someone apparently tried to set her apartment on fire while she slept.

The 38-year-old woman was awakened by her neighbor screaming about the fire. It happened around 2:30 a.m. this morning at a complex on Amador St.

The woman had fallen asleep in another room of her first-floor apartment. While she was sleeping, officials say someone sprayed an accelerant through her open bedroom window and lit the vertical blinds on fire.

The fire damaged the window and screen but did not get past the blinds and burned out before firefighters arrived.

Police and fire officials are investigating it as an act of arson.


The Oakland Raiders today named offensive line coach Tony Sparano as the new interim head coach after firing head coach Dennis Allen last night.

Since being named head coach in 2012, Allen had complied an 8-28 record, including an 0-4 start to this season.

Sparano becomes the 19th head coach in franchise history. He served as the Miami Dolphins’ head coach from 2008-11 and had a record of 29-33.

Sparano was also offensive coordinator for the New York Jets in 2012 prior to joining the Raiders in 2013.


A bakery truck driver who killed a Sonoma man when he fell asleep and crashed head-on into his pickup was sentenced to five years’ probation this week.

Daniel Rauer, 28, of Rohnert Park, pleaded no contest in August in Sonoma County Superior Court to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

The CHP says Rauer fell asleep while driving his truck north on state Route 121 near Sonoma Raceway around 7 a.m. back on July 11, 2013.

His truck crossed into the southbound lane and struck a Ford F-250 pickup driven by 66-year-old Benny White. White was taken to the hospial where he later died.

Rauer, who suffered moderate injuries, told the CHP he was adjusting to a work schedule that required him to drive during the night and early morning hours.

Judge Lawrence Ornell sentenced Rauer to five years’ probation and 500 hours of community service work. The judge said he wanted Rauer to raise public awareness of the dangers of fatigued driving.


San Jose police are investigating a fatal collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian early this morning.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. at Tully Road and Lanai Avenue, according to San Jose Police Sgt. Heather Randol.

Investigators say the vehicle was traveling east on Tully Road when it struck the pedestrian, who was walking south across Tully Road.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver stayed and cooperated with police.

Officials say it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision.


Officials say San Mateo High School is closed today because of a gas leak last night that prompted gas service to the campus to be shut off.

PG&E was called to the campus on N. Delaware St. Tuesday evening and shut off gas service to the school.

Around 9 p.m., the district made the decision to cancel classes for today.

PG&E says, since the gas leak was on the school’s campus, the school district is responsible for making the repairs before PG&E can restore service.


Transportation officials say the morning commute into San Francisco went smoothly
today following the overnight closure of a major off-ramp from the Bay Bridge.

The Folsom Street off-ramp from westbound Interstate 80 was closed for a project that will last through March. Officials with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority say the $3.5 million project will increase pedestrian access and increase traffic efficiency in the area.

Drivers are being advised to take either the Fremont Street or Harrison Street exits from westbound 80 to get to Folsom Street during the closure.

More information about the project can be found online at


Former San Francisco Giant second baseman Jeff Kent, who played college baseball for UC Berkeley, has made a donation of more than half a million dollars to his alma mater for a scholarship for female student-athletes.

Officials say Kent’s donation of $531,000, matched by $100,000 from the school, will create the Jeff Kent Women Driven Scholarship Endowment.

The endowment will go toward a full annual scholarship for one female student-athlete who plays soccer, softball, tennis, track or cross country, has a GPA of at least 2.8, an interest in community service or mentoring, and a demonstrated financial need.

In a statement, Kent said, “Having the opportunity to get an education at Cal can make a profound difference in life. I know how much I benefited. Everybody should have a shot, and this is my chance to ensure others have their shot.”

Kent, who played at Cal from 1987-89, won the 2000 National League Most Valuable Player award as a Giant. He owns the major league all-time record for most home runs by a second baseman.

Kent will be honored for his donation when Cal plays the University of Colorado at Memorial Stadium this Saturday.


An investigation in Vallejo after police there say a man was fatally shot Sunday evening at a hotel.

Officers responded to the Howard Johnson Inn and Suites on Admiral Callaghan Lane a little before 5:30 p.m. to find a 23-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. That man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 72-year-old Vallejo man who had been injured in the shooting was taken to a hospital. The extent of his injuries was not immediately available but he is expected to survive.

Police said the suspect or suspects fled the area prior to officers arriving.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Vallejo police at (707) 648-4524.


Woman Hit And Killed In Walnut Creek

September 22, 2014

The California Highway Patrol says a woman who had stopped along the highway in Walnut Creek with car trouble was struck and killed by another vehicle Sunday night. The crash happened around 11 p.m. on southbound Interstate 680 near the Rudgear Road on-ramp. CHP investigators say the woman had gotten out of her car before […]

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Man Wanted For Lewd Behavior Near Teen Girls

September 20, 2014

Police in San Mateo are asking for the public’s help in finding a man they say engaged in lewd acts near teenage girls on two separate occasions in recent weeks. The first incident happened on Sept. 11 around 8 a.m. A 15-year-old girl who was walking on Delaware Street, just north of San Mateo High […]

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Mountain Lion Sighting in San Mateo County

September 18, 2014

Officials say a mountain lion was spotted in San Carlos Wednesday night. According to the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services, the sighting was reported around 10:30 p.m. on Club Drive. Experts are urging people who see mountain lions to not approach them, especially if the animal is feeding or with offspring. County officials […]

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Walnut Creek Plastic Bag Ban Takes Effect Today

September 18, 2014

Beginning today, customers at Walnut Creek stores will have to pay 10 cents for a paper bag, or bring their own reusable bag, as the city’s plastic bag ban takes effect. Walnut Creek is one of the latest cities to ban single-use plastic bags at retail stores. More than 90 cities in California have similar […]

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Facebook To Meet With Drag Queens Over Name Policy

September 16, 2014

Officials at Facebook say they will meet with a group of upset drag queens at San Francisco City Hall to talk about the social media giant’s policy of requiring people to use their legal names on their accounts. City supervisor David Campos called for the meeting last Friday after the drag queens said they were […]

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