A business owner is recovering from a pistol-whipping suffered in a robbery Sunday afternoon at his store in Brentwood, a police sergeant said.

The robbery occurred at the Smoke Stop, a tobacco store located at 50 Sand Creek Road, at 12:17 p.m. Sunday, according to Brentwood police Sgt. Doug Silva.

One suspect beat and pistol-whipped the store’s owner, tying him up and holding him down. Two other suspects stuffed tobacco products into garbage bags before leaving the scene in a white Chrysler Town and Country minivan that was driven by a fourth suspect, Silva said.

The victim who suffered head wounds as a result of the pistol-whipping was hospitalized with cuts and bruises to his head and body. Police said he is expected to make a full recovery.

Employees at the Smoke Stop said the victim was “OK” this afternoon.


The Marin County Board of Supervisors has approved $1.7 million in emergency funding to repair roads and levees damaged by a major storm in December, officials announced this afternoon.

According to the Marin County Department of Public Works, the storm resulted in a total of $13.3 million in damage in the county. Their figures indicate the storm caused $9.3 million in damage to public property and another $4 million in damage to private property.

The final cost of repairs for the Novato levees damaged in the storm are estimated at $1 million, and they need an additional $700,000 for landslide repairs on Muir Woods Road and Lucas Valley Road. The public works department will now move forward by soliciting bids.

Raul Rojas, public works director, said in a prepared statement the work must be done before more damage accumulates, and the repairs have to improve the levees in such a way that they can withstand stronger storms in the future.

The expenditure will reduce the county’s one-time reserve for extraordinary events from nearly $7 million to $5.25 million, public works officials said.


A man was stabbed in the upper body in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood on Monday afternoon but is unwilling to cooperate in the investigation into the case, police said today.

The stabbing was reported at about 4:55 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of Hyde Street, about two blocks from United Nations Plaza, according to police.

The victim, a man in his late 40s, suffered a puncture wound to his upper body. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries not considered to be life-threatening, police said.

Police said the suspect in the stabbing has not been arrested.

A motive for the stabbing remains under investigation.


Arson investigators with the San Jose Fire Department consider the cause of a two-alarm fire that burned three vehicles in a carport early Tuesday morning to be “suspicious,” a fire captain said.

Firefighters were dispatched at 3:31 a.m. to a fire involving multiple vehicles in a carport in the 1200 block of Weyburn Lane, fire Capt. Christopher Salcido said.

The fire went to a second alarm when firefighters thought that the flames might spread to adjacent homes, but the fire was contained to the three vehicles and carport, Salcido said.

Crews knocked down the flames in the cars and carport at 3:51 a.m. and declared the fire under control at 4:06 a.m., he said.

No one was injured but members of one family were displaced because firefighters had to break open walls of their residence to check the insulation to see if the fire had extended there, Salcido said.

The cause of the blaze is still being investigated, but city arson investigators so far believe it to be “suspicious in nature,” he said.


A woman was charged with a felony Monday for allegedly leaving the scene of a hit-and-run collision in Oakland on Friday morning that killed an 84-year-old pedestrian, prosecutors said today.

Anne Park, 30, was charged with leaving the scene of a collision causing great bodily injury or death.

Park is accused of hitting Oakland resident Anh Thanh Ma Hoang with her car near the corner of 18th Avenue and East 15th Street just after 8 a.m. Friday and fleeing the scene.

Police found Hoang severely injured there. She was taken to a hospital but later died, police said.

Officers canvassed the area and eventually found the vehicle suspected to have been involved in the collision. Officers arrested Park at her Oakland home at about 9:40 p.m. that night, police said.

Police said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision.

Anyone with information about the case has been asked to call the Oakland police Traffic Investigations Unit at (510) 777-8570.


A female pedestrian struck and killed Monday in San Jose by the driver of a car suspected of racing another car was 24-year-old Kiran Pabla, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office.

Pabla, a San Jose resident, was out walking or running shortly after noon Monday when the drivers of two cars apparently racing each other west on Yerba Buena Road east of Edenwood Drive lost control and veered to the right, police said.

The two cars, driving at high speeds, smashed into a guardrail and ended up on the sidewalk along Yerba Buena Road, according to police.

One of the vehicles struck Pabla and pinned her against a tree, where she suffered fatal injuries, officers said.

Police arrested the two drivers, Gabriel Bacerra, 19, and Manuel Maldonado-Avalos, 24, on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and reckless driving causing great bodily injury.


A 33-year-old man armed with a knife was arrested for allegedly attempting to kill his ex-girlfriend in Santa Rosa early Sunday morning, a police sergeant said.

Officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute in the 500 block of Howard Street around 1:40 a.m., Santa Rosa police Sgt. Robert Reynolds.

Police were notified by an area resident, who heard yelling and glass breaking, Reynolds said.

The victim in the incident also called police dispatch and said her ex-boyfriend was attempting to break into her home, according to Reynolds.

Arriving officers spoke with the ex-boyfriend, later identified as Sonoma County resident Michael Cabezud, who confessed that he intended to kill the victim at her home, police said.

The victim told officers that Cabezud was breaking windows to enter the home and yelled through the door that he wanted to kill her, according to police.

He was subsequently found with a knife, Reynolds said.

Cabezud was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, threats with the intent to commit great bodily injury or death, burglary and vandalism, according to jail records.

He was booked into Sonoma County Jail where he is being held without bail, according to jail records.

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The driver in a hit-and-run accident that killed an 84-year-old woman in East Oakland on Friday morning was arrested, police said.

Officers responded at 8:08 a.m. Friday to a report of a woman on the ground at the intersection of 18th Avenue and East 15th Street with a possible medical emergency.

The woman appeared to have been struck and severely injured by a vehicle that had fled the scene, police said.

The victim was transported to a local hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, according to police.

She was identified today as Oakland resident Anh Thanh Ma Hoang, an Alameda County coroner’s deputy said today.

Officers canvassed the area where Hoang was struck for any potential witnesses, police said.

The vehicle was found near the scene of the collision and towed, according to police.

The driver, a 30-year-old Oakland woman, was found around 9:40 p.m. and arrested, police said.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision, according to police.

Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to call the Oakland police traffic investigations unit at (510) 777-8570.


A new law may be reversing a rise in the percent of kindergarteners exempt from vaccinations in Marin County, county officials said.

Between 2002 and 2012 the percent of kindergarteners exempt from vaccinations jumped from 3.7 percent to 7.8 percent. A law that went into affect last year requires parents who don’t want their child to be vaccinated to have a conversation about immunization with a healthcare provider.

By the end of the year, the percent of kindergarteners that did not get vaccinations dropped to 6.5 percent.

“We found that parents are trying to navigate the best choices for their children and don’t always have access to the facts,” said Marin County public health officer Dr. Matt Willis in a statement. “When parents really understand the risk of disease and the safety of the vaccines that prevent disease, more choose to immunize their children.”

The change is pleasing to county officials who have said that in some schools more than 50 percent of kindergarteners are exempt from vaccinations.

“This is a particular concern this year, with 59 cases of measles reported so far statewide,” said Marin County Immunization program public health nurse Danielle Hiser in a statement. “We’re lucky that we haven’t had any measles cases in Marin yet because the disease spreads quickly in under-vaccinated communities. A recent Disneyland outbreak is an unfortunate reminder of how low vaccination rates are not just a hypothetical threat, but a real one.”


A man struck and killed Sunday by a Caltrain in Palo Alto has been identified as 64-year-old Jim Kelly, a San Jose resident, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office.

At about 12:45 p.m. Sunday, southbound Caltrain No. 802 struck Kelly after he had trespassed onto the tracks at Charleston Road, Caltrain officials said.

The train was carrying 300 passengers in addition to two conductors and an engineer but there were no reported injuries onboard.

A Caltrain spokeswoman could not immediately be reached today to provide an update on the investigation into the crash.


Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 63-year-old man Saturday near Carmel on suspicion of attempted homicide, Monterey County sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies responded at 6:11 p.m. Saturday to a report of an assault at a home at 26256 Camino Real and found the victim suffering from blunt force injuries and lying in her front yard, according to the sheriff’s office.

The victim was transported to a hospital in critical condition and deputies located the suspect, Marc Cross, in a room that he was renting in the victim’s home, sheriff’s officials said.

After an investigation, deputies took Cross into custody and booked him into the Monterey County Jail, sheriff’s officials said.

Anyone with information about the case is being asked to call Detective M. Opseth at the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation division at (831) 759-7201.


DUI Enforcement Team Arrests Two

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A law enforcement team involved in traffic safety arrested two impaired drivers Saturday in San Mateo County, Burlingame police said.

The arrests resulted from a patrol aimed at stopping drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol, according to police.

The team arrested Ismael Prado, 46, of South San Francisco, and Francisco Arcos-Cruz, 40, of San Francisco, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, Burlingame police said.

The team involved in the patrol included deputies and officers from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, Burlingame Police Department, Daly City Police Department and San Bruno Police Department.

The team stopped and screened 85 vehicles, administered field sobriety checks to 13 drivers, cited three people for driving on a suspended license and had two vehicles towed.

A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, funded the patrol.


Federal and county law enforcement agencies worked together to serve a search warrant at a Santa Cruz County residence on Friday and seized drugs, a gun and cash, officials from the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team
Narcotic Task Force said today.

The team worked with members of the regional Gang Task Force and agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to execute the warrant at around 12:30 in the afternoon, SCCACT officials said.

Law enforcement personnel arrested Norma Garcia, 31, in the 3300 block of Axford Road in Santa Cruz County, near the border with Capitola, SCCACT officials said.

Investigators seized 125 grams of heroin with an estimated street value of between $5,500 and $7,000, 7 grams of methamphetamine, a loaded .22 caliber handgun, and $3,000 in cash.

Officials said Garcia’s three children, who range in age from 13 to 4 years old, were placed with Child Protective Services. Two of the children were home when law enforcement officers executed the warrant, SCCACT officials said.

The anti-crime team was established in 2010 and is comprised of members from local and state law enforcement agencies, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.

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Deputies arrested a 35-year-old man early this morning in San Ardo on suspicion of threatening another person with a loaded handgun, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

Brian Gertsch had been drinking and became involved in a heated argument with another person in the 300 block of Lockwood San Ardo Road shortly after midnight, sheriff’s officials said.

In the course of the argument, Gertsch allegedly pulled out a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the victim’s chest, sheriff’s officials said.

A short time later, deputies stopped Gertsch while he was driving and said they found the handgun in Gertsch’s vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.

The victim was not injured in the incident, sheriff’s officials said.


A woman killed last week when a car overturned on her in downtown Santa Rosa has been identified today as 73-year-old Ruth Ileen Tapian, the Sonoma County coroner’s office announced today.

Tapian was on the southeast corner of Third and B streets on Tuesday when a vehicle collided with another vehicle, overturned and landed on her, Santa Rosa police Sgt. Mike Numainville said.

Daniel Borbely, 72, was driving a white Ford Explorer east on Third Street at B Street shortly before 2:30 p.m. when he collided into a green Volvo wagon west on Third Street driven by David Nelson, 94, who made a left turn onto southbound B Street, Numainville said.

The Ford SUV flipped over and landed on Tapian, who was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

Both drivers are Santa Rosa residents. They suffered minor injuries and were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, police said.

Police are reviewing video from Luther Burbank Savings Bank and other businesses at the intersection as part of their investigation into the crash, Numainville said.

The collision closed the intersection for nearly five hours.