Bay Area News Briefs
By Mike Aldax
February 18, 2008
Berkeley woman threatened daughters before being shot by
Before she was shot and killed by a Berkeley police officer Saturday
night, a 51-year-old woman raised a large kitchen-style knife
at two of her daughters, endangering their lives, police Sgt.
Mary Kusmiss said Sunday.
"One can close a gap in seconds with a knife,'' Kusmiss
The officer, a 5-year-veteran of the Police Department, arrived
at the apartment complex at 1725 Ward St. at about 8 p.m. on reports
of a domestic disturbance. The same officer had responded to the
apartment a little more than an hour earlier after receiving a
report that somebody had been breaking windows, Kusmiss said.
When the officer arrived for the second time, he found Anita
Gay, of Berkeley, standing on a porch landing of the apartment
holding a large kitchen-style knife, according to Kusmiss. The
officer brandished a gun and tried to convince Gay to drop the
Two of Gay's daughters came out of the apartment door onto the
landing. That's when Gay allegedly turned her attention from the
officer and raised her knife at her daughters, who were standing
a "few feet away,'' Kusmiss said.
The officer then discharged his firearm at least two times at
Gay, according to Kusmiss.
Gay died at the scene.
Kusmiss said given the proximity of the suspect and her family
members "the officer felt the two women's lives were imminently
Police believe Gay was responsible for the broken windows, Kusmiss
said, however it was not immediately clear what had prompted the
Family members told police Gay may have been under the influence
of a controlled substance at the time of the incident.
Kusmiss said that Gay had spent time at the residence but could
not confirm whether she lived in the apartment or her exact relation
to the two women whom she allegedly threatened with the knife.
"We think it's important to share that no officer wants
to be in the position to use deadly force, and yet all officers
are trained to,'' said Kusmiss.
The last officer-involved shooting in Berkeley was in July 2003
when a Berkeley officer and a couple of Oakland officers shot
and killed a bank robbery suspect at a Wells Fargo bank branch.
The case remains under investigation by Berkeley police homicide
detectives and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave.
San Leandro man shot at wedding reception, dies in hospital
One of two men shot at a wedding reception in Fremont Saturday
night has died from his injuries, according to the Alameda County
Velon Mikell, a 38-year-old San Leandro resident, and a second
man were reportedly shot at a banquet hall at 37270 Niles Blvd.
near Sullivan Underpass at about 8:50 p.m., police reported.
Police found the two men suffering from gunshot wounds inside
the banquet hall, police reported. Both were transported to local
trauma centers, where Mikell reportedly died.
Police interviewed wedding attendees and were told that a group
of people had reportedly been turned away from the banquet hall
shortly before the shooting. They reportedly left, but returned
with a handgun and shot the two victims.
Police have not determined if the shooting was gang-related,
but the Southern Alameda County Gang Task Force is assisting in
the investigation, police reported.
Health officials lift advisory against water surrounding raw
Health officials Sunday lifted an advisory against public use
of the water surrounding the site of Thursday's raw sewage spill
at San Quentin State Prison.
All public-use areas sampled near the spill site Friday and Saturday
comply with state standards, officials said.
The only area that remains out of compliance is on prison property
and is not accessible to the public.
The spill occurred because of a pump station malfunction. About
1,500 gallons of untreated sewage leaked from a manhole cover
into a parking lot on the northeast end of the prison, and some
reached bay waters, officials said.
Soon after the spill, advisory signs were posted in popular boating
and windsurfing access points including Point San Quentin, the
Corte Madera Creek, and the Greenbrae Boardwalk area.
Health officials would not lift the advisory until the tests
showed compliance for two consecutive days in all public waters.
Testing was suspended Sunday and will not happen again until
at least Tuesday, officials said.
Woman robbed Bebe store at knifepoint
A woman managed to evade Walnut Creek police Saturday night after
she allegedly robbed a clothing store at knifepoint, police reported
Just before 7 p.m., officers responded to a report of a robbery
at Bebe, located at 1243 Broadway Plaza. The suspect attempted
to shoplift clothing from the store, but was confronted by store
personnel, police said. She then reportedly brandished a knife,
fled to a vehicle and drove away.
Police caught up to the vehicle, described as a late-model burgundy
Lexus sport utility vehicle, a short time later and began a brief
The vehicle was last seen speeding on state Highway 24 approaching
The suspect is described as a black woman, standing approximately
5 feet 5 inches and weighing 120 pounds. She was last seen with
her hair pulled back close to her head in a bun, wearing a long-sleeve
white shirt, white tights, tennis shoes and a black backpack,
Contra Costa stabbing victim identified
The Contra Costa County coroner's office has released the name
of 41-year-old man who was fatally stabbed in Richmond Thursday
Chester Wilson, a Richmond resident, was found lying in the street
in the 2300 block of Esmond Avenue at about 7:11 a.m. suffering
from multiple stab wounds, Richmond police Lt. Mark Gagan said.
Police were alerted to the stabbing by a resident in the area
who reported seeing a man rolling around on the sidewalk. The
person then reported that the man had rolled into the street.
Wilson was in critical condition when officers found him. He
was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead,
According to Gagan, it appeared that the attack began inside
the residence, then moved to the front porch and eventually to
the sidewalk. Investigators also believe Wilson knew his attacker,
Gagan said Thursday.
Updates on the status of the investigation were not immediately
Petaluma man engaged in high-speed pursuit, then crashed
A 25-year-old man who allegedly led police on a high-speed pursuit
in Petaluma Saturday suffered major injuries after crashing a
vehicle later that night in unincorporated Sonoma County, according
to the California Highway Patrol.
At about midnight, Sean Gregory Ancic, of Petaluma, was driving
a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse northbound on state Highway 1 north
of Bay Hill Road when the vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned
multiple times, coming to a rest on its wheels, the CHP reported.
Ancic was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with major injuries.
The vehicle was traveling about 55 mph at the time of the crash
and it appears as though Ancic was not wearing a seatbelt, the
CHP reported. He is under investigation for drunken driving.
According to the CHP, Ancic is also under investigation by Petaluma
police for allegedly leading officers on a chase that reached
speeds in excess of 120 mph earlier in the evening.
Two separate Tenderloin gunshot victims taken to hospital
Two gunshot victims were taken to a San Francisco hospital with
injuries sustained in separate early morning shootings that occurred
at about the same time Sunday, a San Francisco police officer
One of the shootings occurred at about 2:15 a.m. in the area
of Taylor and Turk streets. Officers in the area heard or witnessed
the shooting, which left one victim in critical condition, the
Police made an arrest following the shooting, and the victim
was taken to San Francisco General Hospital in critical condition.
Another shooting took place at about the same time in a taxi
in the area of 16th and Harrison streets, the officer said. One
victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with
a gunshot wound to the buttocks.
Two suspects were taken into custody, according to the officer.
The victim was reported in stable condition, he said.
Two gunshot victims found in San Jose Sunday morning
Two people were found suffering gunshot wounds in San Jose early
Sunday morning, Police Department spokesman Enrique Garcia said.
Officers responded at about 2:20 a.m. to Monterey Highway and
Senter Road and discovered two shooting victims, Garcia said.
The victims had apparently been shot at a different location and
were driven to the area before police were called, Garcia said.
The condition of the victims following the shooting was unknown,
Kentfield man struck by SUV on Sonoma County highway
A Kentfield man was struck by a sport utility vehicle Sunday
and dragged 100 feet along a Sonoma County highway after he lost
control of his motorcycle and was chucked into oncoming traffic,
Joshua Smith, 24, suffered internal bleeding and major pelvic
injuries following the 1 p.m. crash on state Highway 1 near the
border of Sonoma and Marin counties, the CHP said.
Smith dropped his motorcycle on a sharp curve on the northbound
lane. He was thrown from the bike and landed in the path of a
southbound Ford Explorer, the CHP said.
The SUV's driver, Jeremiah Puget, 31, of Sebastopol, couldn't
slow down enough to avoid Smith, striking him at about 25 mph,
the CHP said.
Smith was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. His current
condition is unknown.
Two-alarm fire in Oakland
A two-alarm fire broke out in a two-story building in Oakland
early Sunday morning, a fire dispatcher said.
The fire department received a call at 5:32 a.m. reporting a
working fire in the rear of a building at 1673 8th St.
Firefighters had the blaze under control by 6:02 a.m., a dispatcher
Masked gunman robs Walnut Creek man
A masked gunman reportedly robbed a man in Walnut Creek Saturday
night, police reported Sunday.
The victim was walking on North Main Street near Sunnyvale Avenue
at about 11:30 p.m. when a man approached him, demanded property
and brandished a pistol, police reported.
The suspect took the victim's backpack and wallet and fled on
foot. He was described as a white man, standing about 5 feet 10
inches and wearing a big black jacket with a hood and a mask,
Police searched the area with a dog and recovered some of the
victim's property, but did not find the suspect, police reported.
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