A woman convicted of leaving her newborn baby to drown in a bathtub and hiding its body beneath her Seaside home for two years was sentenced to nine years in prison in Monterey County Superior Court in Salinas, a prosecutor said.

Judge Carrie Panetta handed down the prison term to Jennifer Cecilia Warren, 41, for involuntary manslaughter and the felony crime of willfully allowing her baby to drown with an enhancement for committing great bodily injury, Deputy District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni said.

On Feb. 22, 2013, Warren contacted the Seaside Police Department complaining about being harassed by her neighbors but then told officers that she had given birth at home in a half-full bathtub in 2011, prosecutors said. The defendant explained that she did not want to keep the baby so left it in the water until it stopped moving, according to Pacioni.

Warren admitted to wrapping the dead infant in a sweatshirt, placing it in a plastic dog food container and hiding it in a crawl space under her home where it remained for two years, she said.

Police recovered the liquefied remains of the newborn and a pathologist determined it had been near or full term at the time of its death, she said.

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A 26-year-old male parolee was arrested Wednesday after two women were sexually assaults in the Willow Glen area of San Jose, according to a San Jose police spokesman.

San Jose police responded to a report of a sexual assault in progress Wednesday in the 1600 block of Stokes Street between Leigh and Meridian avenues, police Officer Albert Morales said.

Officers who arrived on the scene arrested Kenneth Bridges, of Morgan Hill, on suspicion of sexually assaulting the two women and booked him into the Santa Clara County Main Jail, according to Morales.

The alleged victims, aged 63 and 54, are both San Jose residents, he said.

Bridges was on active parole for a robbery conviction at the time of his arrest, police said.

He is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose on Friday.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to notify San Jose police’s sexual assault unit at (408) 277-4102.

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A man who was found dead behind a pizza parlor in Hayward on Dec.4 has been identified as 68-year-old Barton Feldman, police said today.

Sgt. Ryan Cantrell said an initial investigation has determined that Feldman was a transient who frequented to Hayward area.

Cantrell said Feldman’s cause of death has been determined by the Alameda County coroner to be multiple stab wounds and is being investigated as a homicide.

Officers who responded to a report of a body found behind a pizza parlor in the 400 block of West Harder Road at 8:05 a.m. on Dec. 4 found Feldman unresponsive and bleeding, Cantrell said. Feldman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cantrell said detectives are following up on several viable leads and police will provide updates on their investigation as it develops.

He said anyone with information about Feldman’s death should call Detective Eric Mulhern at (510) 293-7034.


A Richmond police officer who took 4 pounds of marijuana home instead of filing it in the department’s evidence locker will not be charged with a crime, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said members of the Richmond Police Department learned in September that Officer Joe Avila had a large amount of marijuana at his house.

At the request of the Police Department, the district attorney’s office began investigating and searched Avila’s home, where they found 4 pounds of marijuana.

Prosecutors said Avila had responded to a call at a delivery service company in November 2013 for a package containing marijuana.

Rather than booking the marijuana in the department’s evidence locker, he took it home and used it to train a department police dog, according to the district attorney’s office.

Although prosecutors said Avila informed his supervisor of his actions, the police did not ask the district attorney’s office to investigate until 10 months after the incident.

District attorney’s officials said there was “no indication” Avila had used the marijuana for an illegal purpose or sold it in the 10 months it was in his possession.

“Although the manner in which the marijuana was retained was not appropriate, and in violation of the Richmond Police Department policy, there is no evidence discovered which warranted the filing of criminal charges against the officer,” prosecutors said in a statement. “The allegations against Officer Avila were investigated pursuant to a long standing county-wide protocol approved by the Contra Costa Police Chiefs Association.”

Under the protocol, the district attorney’s office conducts an independent investigation of crimes allegedly committed by law enforcement officers and files criminal charges where they feel it is appropriate.

Prosecutors said the district attorney’s office has filed felony charges against police officers on three occasions this year, and in each case, the officers resigned or retired simultaneously with the filing of criminal charges.

Representatives of the Richmond Police Department did not return requests for comment on Avila’s status as a police officer within the department.



The driver of a car that was hit by a Caltrain train on Tuesday in Atherton accidentally turned onto the tracks and got the vehicle stuck, firefighters said.

There were no reported injuries in the crash.

Emergency crews responded at 7:31 p.m. on Tuesday to the Fair Oaks Lane crossing after receiving a report Locomotive 918, with four passenger cars, had struck a passenger vehicle that was on the tracks.

Firefighters said the driver of the Toyota Prius had mistakenly made a turn onto the tracks on the direction of his GPS unit.

Firefighters said visibility at the time was compromised due to heavy rainfall and darkness.

Firefighters said the driver had realized his mistake but not before the car left the roadway and became stuck on the tracks.

The man saw the oncoming southbound train and exited the car before the crash.

The train hit the Prius and dragged it at least 1,500 feet before the train was able to come to a complete stop.

The train’s passengers were able to safely evacuate out of the rear of the train.

The vehicle did catch fire and had to be removed from under the train, and the train was towed San Jose for repair.


A 50-year-old Salinas woman was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail and more than five years of probation in the sexual abuse of a teen boy over a three-year period, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.

A Superior Court judge in Salinas gave Annette Banda a suspended sentence of five years and eight months of supervised probation after she completes a term of 365 days in county jail, Deputy District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni said.

Banda was convicted of four felony counts of lewd acts and one felony count of unlawful intercourse with a minor, Pacioni said.

In 2010, Banda met the 14-year-old male victim, who was going to a middle school in Salinas at the time, through her daughter who was attending a different middle school, according to Pacioni.

The defendant initiated a sexual relationship with the teen, frequently involving oral sex and later intercourse, mainly inside of her car, prosecutors said.

The relationship continued for three years, with the boy a willing participant, until Banda’s husband discovered texts and emails between the woman and the victim, Pacioni said.

The husband notified the boy’s parents who reported it to police, she said.

The sentencing by the judge followed the results of a 90-day review of the case by the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which issued a split recommendation.

A corrections officer favored prison time for Banda, but a prison psychologist, the Monterey County Probation Department and the defendant’s private psychologist urged the judge to sentence her to probation, she said.

The victim’s parents and the district attorney’s office strongly recommended Banda be sent to state prison without probation, she said.

In addition to a year in jail, Banda will have to serve the supervised probation of five years and eight months, which would become a state prison sentence if she were to violate her probation, according to Pacioni.

Banda will also have to register as a sex offender for the remainder of her life.

The case was unusual in that there are not many women who are sex offenders to that degree, however, instances of women sexually abusing boys goes underreported, Pacioni said.

The perception among some in the legal system and in society as a whole is that males cannot be victims of sexual abuse by women, she said.

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The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission reached an agreement Tuesday night with two San Mateo County cities and a San Jose-based water company that is expected to benefit 2.6 million Bay Area residents, SFPUC officials announced Wednesday.

The commission’s Regional Groundwater Storage and Project with Daly City, San Bruno and California Water Service Company, which serves South San Francisco and Colma, would store water that could be used during emergencies such as a drought or earthquake, SFPUC officials said.

With a price tag of $113 million, the project will construct 16 groundwater facilities along the Peninsula, according to the SFPUC.

The water from normal or heavy rainfall would be stored in the South Westside Groundwater Basin’s aquifer and extracted from the 16 facilities for surface water use, SFPUC officials said.

The stored water would reduce the amount of groundwater pumped from the basin, which would be maintained by the partnering agencies, officials said.

Construction for the project will begin next year through 2018.

The project also includes building well stations, pumps and pipelines that would bring 7.2 million gallons of water daily to Bay Area residents, according to the SFPUC.

The project would help the Bay Area reach its water supply requirement during dry years, SFPUC officials said.

Over time, the reduced pumping can save up to 20 million gallons of water, the amount equal to the Crystal Springs Reservoir, SFPUC officials said.

“As we continue confronting the worst drought in our California history, it is essential that we sustain our efforts to implement water resiliency projects for the future,” San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement.

Groundwater storage programs in the Santa Clara Valley Water District, Alameda County Water District and Zone 7 Water Services Agency have been proven to be effective, commission officials said.


A man was killed Wednesday in Pleasanton after he was struck by a vehicle, police said.

Pleasanton police responded at 8:07 p.m. to Stoneridge Drive near Guzman Parkway after a vehicle struck a pedestrian.

Police said an off-duty officer, who was not involved in the collision, provided the pedestrian with first aid, and emergency crews responded and attempted to save the man, but he died at the scene.

Police said the initial investigation into the collision revealed the vehicle was traveling east on Stoneridge Drive when the man darted into a traffic lane and was struck by the vehicle.

Police said alcohol and weather were not factors in the crash, and everyone involved cooperated with the investigation.

The crash closed Stoneridge Drive for about three hours. The roadway was reopened at 11:30 p.m.

The identity of the man was not immediately available.

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A Salvadoran man suspected of killing a man in his native country during an argument in which he also shot at his mother two years ago was turned over to authorities there Wednesday after being taken into custody in San Francisco, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

Salvadoran police reports state that Luis Eduardo Lopez Silva, 34, allegedly shot Cesar Giovanni on March 23, 2012 in Ahuachapan, El Salvador after a night of drinking, according to ICE officials.

Silva also allegedly shot his own mother during the argument in his home that night after she attempted to intervene, officials said.

Giovanni was pronounced dead at a hospital and Silva’s mother survived the shooting, agency officials said.

He fled to Northern California soon after the alleged murder and attempted murder but was taken into custody by ICE’s enforcement and removal operations officers when he went to a routine case status interview at ICE’s San Francisco office in October 2013.

During the interview, records checks showed that international police agency Interpol had recently issued a red notice for Silva in connection with the fatal shooting, according to ICE officials.

Agency officials said Silva was detained and an immigration judge in May ordered him to be repatriated to El Salvador.

Silva had appealed the judge’s decision that was dismissed by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals in August, ICE officials said.

He had boarded a flight coordinated through ICE’s air operations unit and today ERO officers turned Silva over to El Salvadoran Civilian National Police for the alleged crimes, according to agency officials.

Silva is the latest suspect to be extradited to El Salvador as part of the ERO’s Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement Initiative.

In the past three years, 480 wanted criminals were sent back to El Salvador through the initiative, ICE officials said.

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A woman was shot during a robbery in Oakland Tuesday, according to police.

The robbery was reported just before 6 p.m. in the area of 13th and Bayview avenues.

The adult female victim, who was robbed of her belongings and shot, was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (510) 238-3326.


The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit today against the California Rodeo Salinas for allegedly underreporting animal injuries to the state veterinary medical board, a practice that representatives say is intentionally misleading the public.

Carter Dillard, director of litigation for the ALDF, said some of the injuries documented in the complaint, filed in the Monterey County Superior Court, are permissible under state law. But, he said that’s not the point.

“The industry doesn’t want people to know the truth because probably a lot of what is currently allowed would actually be prohibited if people knew about it,” Dillard said.

California Rodeo Salinas spokeswoman Amanda Gianolini said the rodeo hadn’t yet been served with a filed copy of the complaint and declined to comment on its contents or allegations.

“The care and handling of livestock at our rodeo is the highest priority and we have extensive programs in place to provide for the livestock that participate in our event,” Gianolini said in a prepared statement.

The California Rodeo Salinas holds its annual rodeo each summer in mid-July, drawing crowds of around 50,000 people, according to ALDF representatives.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the nonprofit organization, Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), alleges SHARK filmed 41 injuries to animals at the rodeo over the past two years but said rodeo officials reported only four to the state.

Of those, the vast majority involved injuries to the animals’ stifle joint (or knee joint, in humans) on their rear legs from being roped and dragged to the ground.

Four of the injuries were more serious in nature, including broken necks, bone fractures and tennis ball-sized wounds.

The suit cites California law stating, “[a]ny animal that is injured during the course of, or as a result of, any rodeo event shall receive immediate examination and appropriate treatment by the attending veterinarian…”

Dillard said the underreporting of injuries was likely an attempt to paint a rosier picture for the animals than reality dictates.

“The fact that rodeos are a tradition is not an excuse,” Dillard said. “It’s the lowest form of pandering to the idea of commemorating the American West.”

Dillard said a more appropriate tribute would be committing land to environmental conservation.

The suit asks the judge to compel rodeo staff to file timely injury reports “that fully and accurately disclose all animal injuries” occurring during the rodeos, pay for the group’s attorneys’ fees and other costs, and “any other equitable relief as is just and proper.”

Dillard said more than anything, the lawsuit would likely expose a pattern of behavior at rodeos throughout the industry and might help end the institution all together.

“We’re hoping these things will eventually become a thing of the past,” Dillard said.

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No arrests have been made in three similar bank robberies across San Francisco on Tuesday, police said.

In each incident the suspect, a man in his 30s or 40s, handed over a demand note to a bank teller and then fled with money, police said.

The first bank robbery occurred in the 2400 block of California Street around 10:10 a.m. in the city’s Pacific Heights neighborhood, police said.

Later in the day at about 4:30 p.m., a man entered a bank in the 300 block of California Street in the Financial District, according to police.

He handed a demand note to one teller, who complied with the order, and also made off with money from another bank teller, police said.

He may have been armed with a handgun wrapped in a newspaper, police said.

Shortly before 5 p.m., a third bank robbery was reported in the 1800 block of Irving Street in the Sunset District, according to police.

The suspect in that robbery then fled west on Irving Street, police said.

No injuries were reported in the three robberies, police said.

The amount of money stolen in each robbery was not available this morning.


A man who was found fatally shot in a parked car in front of his home in San Leandro on Sunday morning may have been involved in criminal activity, police said.

However, San Leandro police said they don’t want to release the man’s name or many other details about the crime because there’s still an active investigation under way.

Officers responded to a report of an unresponsive man in a parked car with its engine running in a driveway of a home in the 400 block of Kenilworth Avenue at about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, police said.

The man had injuries consistent with being shot and police said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The case was ruled to be a homicide after an autopsy was conducted, according to police.

San Leandro police said the victim lived at the residence where the crime occurred and the incident was not a random act of violence.

In a statement, San Leandro police said, “Although police have not established a motive for the murder, they are investigating the possibility that the victim or others at the residence may have been involved in some sort of criminal activity.”

Police said they haven’t identified a suspect at this time. Lt. Robert McManus said San Leandro police are “committed to doing everything possible to identify and arrest the person responsible for this violent crime in this quiet neighborhood.”

McManus said area residents who have a video camera system or any information about the homicide should call San Leandro police at (510) 577-2740.


Napa police arrested two East Bay men Monday who are suspected of stealing cellphones from Verizon stores in the North Bay, a police lieutenant said.

An employee of the Verizon store at 1715 Trancas St. called police around 5:40 p.m. to report three people in the store who matched the description of the suspects who stole phones at the Verizon stores in Fairfield, Vacaville and Vallejo, Lt. Debbie Peecook said.

Police observed the suspects take five cellphones worth $3,100 and flee the store, Peecook said.

Police arrested Artis Crenshaw, 24, of Antioch, after he fought with an officer and bystanders outside the front door, Peecook said. Crenshaw was in possession of cocaine and he was wanted on several outstanding warrants.

Bequandre James Davis, 23, of Pittsburg, was arrested near the state Highway 29 off-ramp after a short pursuit by two officers, Peecook said.

The third suspect fled north to the Target store and across Highway 29 to the Marriot Hotel, Peecook said. Police searched the area but did not locate the suspect.

All the stolen phones were recovered, Peecook said.

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A man was shot in the leg during an attempted robbery outside his home in San Francisco’s Mission District on Tuesday evening, police said.

The victim, a man in his 30s, walked out of his home near the intersection of York and 23rd streets at about 6:30 p.m. when two male suspects approached him, according to police.

The suspects, described as two men in their 20s, forced the victim back to his front door and demanded he open the door for them.

The victim took out his key and broke it, police said.

He was able to break free from the suspects and run, but heard a gunshot and noticed that he had been hit, police said.

The suspects fled the scene following the shooting and no arrests have been made, police said.

Police said a four-door silver sedan was at the scene and may be associated with the suspects.

The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg that does not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

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