Police are investigating Thursday robbery incidents at two pharmacies in Pleasanton.

The first incident occurred at the Safeway at 6790 Bernal Ave. Police said the suspect entered the store at 1:25 p.m. and gave the pharmacist a note that indicated he had a gun.

Police said the suspect demanded narcotics medication, but the pharmacist was able to convince the man she didn’t have access to the medications, and the suspect fled the store on foot.

At 2:05 p.m., a man matching the description of the suspect who tried to rob the Safeway successfully robbed the pharmacy inside the Walmart at 4501 Rosewood Drive.

Police said the suspect presented a note claiming he had a gun during the robbery.

The suspect is described as a male 18-25 years old 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and with a slim build. He had slight facial hair, a thin mustache and possibly a goatee.

He had a bandage across his nose and was wearing a black sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head, gray sweatpants and black shoes with white soles.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Pleasanton police at (925) 931-5100.

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Scotts Valley police on Saturday arrested a man in connection with a break-in at a bicycle shop.

Jordan James Rees, 23, of Scotts Valley, was arrested on suspicion on burglary, police said.

Police responded just after midnight to the Scotts Valley Cycle Spot at 203 Mount Hermon Road to an alarm at the business.

Police said arriving officers discovered a door that had been forced open at the rear of the business.

Police said officers searched the area and located Rees, who had a flashlight and admitted to being in the business to steal bicycles.

He was taken into custody without incident.

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Fremont police last week arrested a man they say was involved in three attempted residential burglaries in the area.

Joel Efferson, 28, of San Lorenzo, was arrested on suspicion of burglary Wednesday.

Police said Efferson tried to break into a residence on Havasu Street at 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday but could not get into the residence, because it was locked.

Police said the homeowner was inside the residence during the attempted break-in and called police to report the incident.

Officers responded at 12:25 p.m. to an alarm that sounded at a residence on Iroquois Way, which is around the corner from the previous break-in attempt.

Police said officers responded to a third attempted burglary at 2:05 p.m. in the area of Romilly Way.

The resident called police when he heard a noise and then saw a man walking around his back yard.

Police said the suspect, later identified as Efferson, forced his way into the house.

The resident, who was hiding in the bathroom, yelled at the suspect.

Police said Efferson fled the house as officers arrived at the scene, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Police said Efferson matched the description of the suspect in the break-in attempt on Havasu Street and was identified by the victim.

Police said they were also able to determine Efferson was responsible for the attempted break-in at the residence on Iroquois Way.

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Stolen Vehicle Found in Lake

November 25, 2014 8:00 am · 1 comment

Deputies with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office recovered a stolen vehicle out of a lake in Laguna Grande Park in Monterey Saturday.

Deputies said the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Dive Team was requested by the Monterey Police Department to respond to the lake to investigate a possible vehicle in the water.

The dive team responded to the lake Friday and searched through the night without finding a vehicle.

Divers located the vehicle in the lake Saturday around 2:30 p.m. Deputies said the vehicle, a white 2007 Chevrolet Suburban, was located about 200 feet from the shore on the south side of the lake.

The vehicle was removed from the lake, and investigators determined the vehicle was reported stolen out of Seaside earlier.

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Traffic is snarled in both direction of Interstate Highway 580 near Lakeshore Avenue in Oakland as protesters walk on lanes tonight following a grand jury’s decision to not indict a police officer in a fatal Missouri shooting.

The California Highway Patrol issued a Sig-alert at 8:36 p.m. for traffic stopped on eastbound and westbound Highway 580.

Hundreds of protesters walked on westbound lanes where CHP officers and vehicles have assembled in a line.

About two dozen people were seen climbing the center divide to eastbound lanes where officers were chasing them down.

About 1,000 people have gathered in the downtown area tonight in response to the grand jury’s decision announced around 6:30 p.m. in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.

The protesters started gathering at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza at 14th Street and Broadway earlier in the evening before the announcement chanting, “The whole damn system is guilty as hell. Indict, convict, send the killer cop to jail.”

More people started gathering at the intersection around 6 p.m. and yelled, “Hands up don’t shoot” and “Black lives matter.”

Many protesters held a “die-in” in which they laid down on the street with their bodies traced with chalk on the roadway.

After the decision was announced, a large crowd continued to march up Broadway, walked through Chinatown and headed east on Seventh Street.

Small groups of people stayed at the plaza calling for peace in light of the grand jury’s decision.

Protesters attempted to enter Interstate Highway 880 from Seventh and Jackson Streets only to be blocked by police and made their way back to 14th Street and Broadway.

Shortly after 7 p.m., protesters were seen on top of an unmarked police car and spray-painted it at Seventh and Jackson streets.

Dozens of police officers were seen following the marching crowd, some in riot gear.

Protesters were also setting off fireworks, vandalizing, putting garbage cans on fire and spray-painting on buildings during the march.

People continued to walk on Broadway, turned on Grand Avenue, and entered the freeway at MacArthur Boulevard.

CHP officials are advising motorists to take state Highway 24 and Interstate Highway 880 to avoid delays.

As of about 9 p.m., cars were seen traveling on eastbound lanes
and protesters were being cleared on westbound lanes, though traffic was still at a halt.

The intersection of 14th Street at Broadway and Seventh and Jackson streets were briefly blocked off but have since reopened, police said.

Dogwood, a bar located at 1664 Telegraph Ave. and about two blocks away from the plaza, was boarded up in preparation for protesters who may damage the business.

In a statement Rep. Barbara Lee said, “My heart continues to go out to Michael Brown’s family and community. I am beyond disappointed in today’s verdict. Like everyone in our community, I am devastated by the senseless murder of yet another black man.”

“I urge protestors to be peaceful and for the police to respect people exercising their First Amendment rights,” Lee said.

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Fire crews in Livermore took part in an unusual rescue today after a cat was found stuck in a light pole, a battalion chief said.

Workers at construction contracting company in the 2000 block of Research Drive called authorities around 7:25 a.m. after they found the animal stuck in an uninstalled light pole lying on the ground, Livermore-Pleasanton fire Battalion Chief Joe Testa said.

Fire crews arriving on the scene found the cat stuck in the narrowest part of the pole unable to move its limbs.

After trying unsuccessfully for more than an hour to move the cat back to a wider part of the pole, workers used a metal cutting saw to cut the pipe just below the cat and firefighters were able to pull it from the pipe, Testa said.

“The cat appeared tattered and fatigued, but was awake, moving all limbs and still had some fight left that provided a good test for the thick leather firefighting gloves,” the battalion chief said in a statement.

The cat was later taken to the East County Animal Shelter in Dublin where personnel were unable to find a microchip or any other identifying information.

Testa said the cat appears to be feral and that at least one person has already offered to adopt it.

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A masked man pistol-whipped a store clerk and fired a bullet into a security surveillance monitor during an armed robbery on Sunday afternoon in Salinas, police said.

Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at 12:06 p.m. at the John Street Mini Mart, located at 241 John St., police said.

A man, roughly 18-years-old wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black facemask, entered the store and demanded money, police said.

A 59-year-old store clerk did not resist and police said he gave the robber all the money in the till.

The suspect then struck the clerk in the face with a pistol and fired one round into the screen of a surveillance monitor before running out of the store and onto Front Street, police said.

The camera and the recorder were not damaged and police said they were able to recover a large-caliber casing at the scene.

Salinas police and a California Highway Patrol helicopter searched the area for the suspect but did not find him, police said.

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About 500 people have gathered in downtown Oakland this evening protesting a grand jury’s decision to not indict a police officer in a fatal Missouri shooting.

The organized protest was in response to the grand jury’s decision announced shortly before 6:30 p.m. in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.

The protesters started gathering at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza at 14th Street and Broadway earlier in the evening before the announcement chanting, “The whole damn system is guilty as hell. Indict, convict, send the killer cop to jail.”

More people started gathering at the intersection around 6 p.m. and yelled, “Hands up don’t shoot” and “Black lives matter.”

Many protesters held a “die-in” in which they laid down on the street before the decision was announced.

A large crowd continued to march up Broadway, walked through Chinatown and headed east on Seventh Street.

Small groups of people stayed at the plaza calling for peace in light of the grand jury’s decision.

Protesters attempted to enter Interstate Highway 880 from Seventh and Jackson Streets only to be blocked by police and made their way back to 14th Street and Broadway.

Shortly after 7 p.m., protesters were seen on top of an unmarked police car and spray-painted it at Seventh and Jackson streets.

Oakland police said 14th Street at Broadway has been closed.

The intersection of Seventh and Jackson streets was briefly blocked off but was reopened as of 7:15 p.m., police said.

Dogwood, a bar located at 1664 Telegraph Ave. and about two blocks away from the plaza, was boarded up in preparation for protesters who may damage the business.

In a statement Rep. Barbara Lee said, “My heart continues to go out to Michael Brown’s family and community. I am beyond disappointed in today’s verdict. Like everyone in our community, I am devastated by the senseless murder of yet another black man.”

“I urge protestors to be peaceful and for the police to respect people exercising their First Amendment rights,” Lee said.

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One person was killed after leading police on a pursuit from Daly City to Brisbane late Sunday morning, according to Daly City police.

An officer attempted to stop a car traveling on Geneva Avenue near Bayshore Boulevard in Daly City shortly before 11 a.m., police said.

The driver of the car did not stop for the officer and continued traveling on Bayshore Boulevard at speeds of around 40 mph, according to police.

The officer continued to follow the car to Bayshore Boulevard near Industrial Way in Brisbane, where the driver veered off the road and went down an embankment, police said.

The vehicle then crashed into trees and a building, according to police.

The driver, the sole occupant of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Daly City police and the California Highway Patrol are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

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A 39-year-old man suspected of trespassing at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Sunday was arrested, a police spokeswoman said.

Miguel Zaragoza allegedly breached onto the Atlantic Aviation ramp around 10:15 a.m., Sgt. Heather Randol said.

He encountered employees who escorted him to a lobby to await police, she said.

Zaragoza then allegedly fled from the employees, stole a city maintenance truck from a parking lot and drove along the curb through Terminal B, according to Randol.

Airport staff and police were able to apprehend Zaragoza without incident and he never made it to the runway area, she said.

He will be booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and trespassing, Randol said.

No one was injured in the incident and no further details were immediately available.

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One of two pedestrians killed by a speeding car in Oakland on Friday night has been identified as 39-year-old transient Burudisha Pittman, an Alameda County coroner’s deputy said today.

The collision happened shortly after 8 p.m. Friday, when officers responded to a report of a collision between a car and pedestrian at 27th Street and Northgate Avenue just east of Interstate Highway 980, police said.

Arriving officers found a Ford Crown Victoria that had hit two pedestrians, police said.

One of the pedestrians, only identified as a male, was pronounced dead at the scene and Pittman was transported a hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries, according to police.

A preliminary investigation indicated that the driver, a 24-year-old Oakland man, was speeding while exiting the freeway and continued traveling south on Northgate Avenue where he drove onto a sidewalk, striking the pedestrians, police said.

The driver, who was not injured in the collision, stayed at the scene and was cooperative with investigators, according to police.

Investigators determined alcohol was not a factor in the incident, police said.

The identity of the male pedestrian has not been released pending notification of his next of kin, police said.

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A 27-year-old man was sent to the hospital after he was involved in a shooting with an officer in Seaside on Saturday evening, a police commander said.

Officers responded to a call of service in the 1600 block of Laguna Street around 5:20 p.m., police Cmdr. J. Stradan said.

Police responded to the home and an officer was involved in a shooting with a 27-year-old man, Stradan said.

The man was transported to a hospital for treatment, according to Stradan.

No officers were injured in the incident and no further details were released.

Police and the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office will conduct separate investigations into the shooting, he said.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting, and his name has not been released, according to Stradan.

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The Monday Mouthoff with Doug Spencer is a weekly column on BayAreaNewsTalk.com.

As a friend correctly pointed out recently, it’s a good thing Thanksgiving comes along at just the right time to break up the flow between Halloween and Christmas. When compared to the other two, Thanksgiving is arguably the lowest effort holiday for the greatest reward. The food alone should put that question to bed. Also, there are zero worries about getting the right gift. Or pretending to like what someone got for you. Plus, it’s a quintessentially American holiday, largely devoid of the rampant commercialism and hysteria of Christmas. All you really have to do it eat and be thankful.

And gosh darnit if there isn’t a lot to be grateful for out there! Why, just perusing the past week of stories we’ve brought to you here at Bay Area News&Talk, one can find an abundance — dare I say a cornucopia — of reasons for people all around the Bay Area to be grateful.

For instance, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Northern California has got be just oodles of thankful for coming in fifth in the country in fines collected for criminal and civil actions. That would add up to a cool $327 million. The U.S. Justice Department as a whole collected $24.7 BILLION in the most recent fiscal year. The money does go to criminal victims funds and such but something tells me a few offices in the department might be seeing a new high-back leather chair or espresso maker in the break room.

Or how about that UC Board of Regents? No doubt they will be raising their turkey drumsticks in a hearty “here here!” after approving five more years of tuition increases of up to five percent a year. That means a compounded rate of 27 percent at the end of those five years. Regents say the money will be used for financial aid. Let’s savor that logic for a moment: a student has to pay more to be able to get more money to help them with the more they have to pay. Is that right? I’m sure those undergrads will be bursting with gratitude to soon be paying over 15 grand a year. Bursting.

PG&E shareholders, meanwhile, have got to be positively jubilant over potentially having to pay nearly $400 million in reparations to customers for rate impacts caused by an investigation in judge shopping. This is rich. A couple of PG&E muckety mucks got caught trying to illegally find a favorable judge. What was the case they wanted a favorable judge for? Deciding on how much customers should pay for gas transport and storage.

And, while it’s not officially in the Bay Area (or even America), anyone with ties to Poland can still be grateful that officials in the town of Tuszyn are holding the line against the corrupting influence of — Winnie the Pooh. It seems Pooh Bear had been nominated as a possible mascot for a new children’s playground there. But some more conservative members of the town council objected on the grounds that Winnie the Pooh is too scantily clad (no pants) and does not even have a gender. Therefore, Pooh is not appropriate for their children.

Oh, bother!

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will embark on a $6.6 million project to add pedestrian safety improvements and improve service reliability along the 71 Haight/Noriega corridor, SFMTA officials said Saturday.

The SFMTA Board of Directors voted to approve the project on Tuesday, according to the SFMTA’s website. The improvements are part of a larger effort called Muni Forward that proposes changes on many of the city’s bus lines.

Officials said the project is expected to save approximately six minutes round trip for the route and get the city closer to its Vision Zero goals, which aim to eliminate all traffic-related deaths by 2024.

“This project will make Muni more reliable, safe and comfortable for so many people who rely on public transit,” SFMTA chairman Tom Nolan said in a statement. “At the same time, this project will allow for key pedestrian safety improvements that support the city’s Vision Zero policy to eliminate all pedestrian deaths in 10 years.”

The project will eliminate a number of bus stops and add pedestrian bulb-outs along the route, officials said.

According to the SFMTA’s website, the upgrades will add to the streamlined commute offered by the recently completed transit-only lane on Haight Street and will complement a planned service increase for the 71, which is expected to go into effect in 2015.

Construction on the new bulb-outs and elimination of certain bus stops will begin in the spring of 2015, said SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose.

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Thanksgiving holiday travel could reach its highest level since 2007, AAA officials said Friday.

More than 5.6 million Californians plan to travel 50 miles or more during the four-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to the latest travel survey from AAA.

Officials said the 5.6 million travelers represents a 3.9 percent increase compared to 2013.

“Increased disposable income is spurring an increase in consumer spending,” AAA Northern California spokeswoman Cynthia Harris said in a statement. “And for Californians, this post-recession boost and the desire to travel will make this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday a well-deserved celebration to be spent with family and friends.”

AAA projects more than 600,000 of the travelers will fly, and 192,000 state residents will travel via other modes of transportation including boats and trains, increases of 2.7 and 4.8 percent, respectively.

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