Fog City News Briefs
By Lara Moscrip
May 29, 2007
Single-engine plane crashes in Napa County after engine failure
A single-engine plane crashed Monday about 3.5 miles southwest
of the Napa County Airport after its engine failed, officials
Pilot Norman Pease, 70, of Orinda; Otis McCain, 62, of Lafayette;
and Kenneth Crain, 84, of Orinda were taken to a medical center
in Napa and treated for minor injuries, Napa County sheriff's
Capt. John Robertson said Monday afternoon.
The Cessna 206 on Monday afternoon was upside down in a marsh.
The plane departed from Concord, Federal Aviation Administration
spokesman Ian Gregor said.
About 10 minutes about departing, the pilot radioed that he had
a rough-running engine but decided he wanted to continue to Napa
rather than returning to Concord, Gregor said.
The plane went down at 7:35 a.m., Gregor said.
"The plane was pretty badly damaged," Gregor said.
The pilot found a suitable place to make an off-site landing,
but when its nose wheel touched down it was in some mud, which
caused the plane to flip forward, Robertson said.
The men got out of the plane and called 911 to report the accident,
A helicopter will be used to recover the plane, Robertson said.
Authorities identify man killed at a Marin County beach
Marin County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Mike Crain identified on Monday
26-year-old Casey Adams of Santa Rosa as the man who was killed
early Sunday morning at a Marin County beach.
Sheriff's deputies responded to a fight at Dillon Beach, west
of Tomales near the northern Marin County border, at about 1 a.m.
Sunday and found the victim. He succumbed to his injuries and
was pronounced dead, Marin Sheriff's Office Sgt. Mike Crain said.
According to Crain, sheriff's detectives found and arrested the
three men they believe are responsible for the killing near the
Robert Marcus, 20, of Elk Grove, Robert Martell, 24, of Antioch,
and Daren Bell, 24, of Sacramento, were booked in to Marin County
Jail on suspicion of murder, Crain said.
According to Crain, two separate groups were camping at Lawson's
Landing, the two groups crossed paths, there was an argument between
members of the groups and the argument escalated to violence.
According to Crain, there were many people at the beach and at
the nearby Lawson's Landing campground at the time of the fight.
Witnesses are asked to contact the Marin County Sheriff's Office
at (415) 499-7265.
The three suspects are scheduled to be arraigned this morning
at Marin County Superior Court.
An autopsy will be performed today to determine the cause of
death of Adams.
One dead, two critically injured during Oakland crash
One woman has died and two women were reported to be in critical
condition Monday night after the vehicle they were traveling in
was hit by another vehicle in Oakland, according to Oakland police.
Responding Oakland firefighters used the jaws of life to extricate
the women from the vehicle. The accident occurred around 8:51
p.m. near the intersection of 94th Avenue and Olive Street, according
to Oakland police.
According to the fire department, it appears as though the vehicle
had been hit on the driver's side and the impact caused it to
crash into a wrought iron fence. The three women were transported
to Highland Hospital, according to the fire department.
Two dead after early Monday Palo Alto crash
Two people are dead after an early Monday morning crash in Palo
Alto and the driver of a blue Hyundai has been charged with driving
under the influence, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The solo-vehicle crash on the northbound San Antonio Road off-ramp
at U.S. Highway 101 was first reported to the CHP around 2:40
a.m., Officer Scott Cakebread said.
The Hyundai sustained major damage after rolling several times,
causing two passengers to die from fatal injuries. The driver
was able to remove himself from the wreckage.
He was transported to Stanford Medical Center.
The ramp was closed for several hours after the crash, reopening
around 5:40 a.m., Cakebread said.
The CHP is asking for the public's help in providing any information
regarding this collision. Any witnesses or those with information
are encouraged to contact the Redwood City area CHP office at
Memorial Day weekend drunk driving offenses increased
Arrests for drunken driving offenses in Bay Area cities and counties
are up so far this Memorial Day weekend compared with last year,
Some 360 people were detained for driving under the influence
of alcohol or drugs between midnight Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday,
according to the California Highway Patrol, which was reporting
provisional figures for police and sheriff's agencies across the
Last year there were 340 DUI-related arrests during the same
One DUI-related traffic fatality was reported between midnight
Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Last year also saw one DUI-death
at this point in the four-day enforcement period.
Two DUI-related deaths in Palo Alto early Monday morning will
be added to the next round of reported statistics, according to
Students to dissect 27 crime scenes at second annual Forensic
More than 200 forensic investigation students from Bay Area high
schools will be dissecting 27 crime scenes at the second annual
Forensic Challenge today in San Jose.
The Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program and Central
County Occupational Center, career-training centers, are hosting
the event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"By observing our student teams, the public will realize
that real crime scenes aren't processed like they are on TV's
CSI show," forensic science instructor Gordon Sanford said
in a statement.
About 120 students from Newark Memorial High School, American
High School, Irvington High School, Mission San Jose High School,
and Robertson High School will participate along with CCOC students.
Each of the 27 teams, based on their interpretation of the evidence,
will make a presentation on why the district attorney's office
should conduct DNA testing on their suspect to confirm evidence
found at the crime scene.
The teams will be judged and then told if the district attorney's
office would agree to conduct testing or why the evidence would
not convince the district attorney's office to spend money on
The challenge is part of the student's final assessment of forensic
investigation skills for the year.
The event will be held at the CCOC campus at 760 Hillsdale Ave.
Transit expert to speak at Wednesday public forum in Oakland
An internationally renowned transit and land use expert who has
advocated heavy restrictions on cars is scheduled to speak at
a public forum in Oakland Wednesday after meeting with three local
Enrique Penalosa was mayor of Bogota, Colombia, from 1998-2000
where he developed a bus-based transit system that reduced vehicle
use. His plan helped turn a deteriorated downtown into a public
space for pedestrians, according to AC Transit, one of the event's
Penalosa also introduced "car-free" days to downtown
Bogota as part of his broader project to increase access for all
citizens to public spaces, reliable transportation and education.
During his tenure as mayor Penalosa also planted more than 100,000
trees and led efforts to improve housing for the poor and decrease
pollution, AC Transit reported.
Wednesday's public forum with residents, urban planners and transportation
officials will follow a private meeting with the mayors of Oakland,
Berkeley and San Leandro.
The cities of Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro, the Metropolitan
Transportation Commission, Bay Area Rapid Transit and the Transportation
and Land Use Coalition have also sponsored Wednesday's events.
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