Fog City News Briefs
By Emmett Berg
June 19, 2007
Victim Treated After Alemany Shooting
A male victim was battling life-threatening injuries after being
shot in the vehicle he was riding in, a San Francisco police officer
said on Monday.
The victim was being treated at San Francisco General Hospital
after the 6:40 p.m. incident on the 500 block of Alemany Boulevard,
the operations officer said.
A witness was interviewed afterward in what appeared to be a
vehicle-to-vehicle shooting near the Alemany Boulevard off ramp
from Interstate Highway 280, the officer said.
There were no suspects or vehicle description available, the
Palo Alto Proposes Hosting Bicycle Race
Palo Alto could host a key part of the Tour of California bicycle
race and be the center of the cycling world for a day if the city
council approves a letter of intent on Monday.
Palo Alto Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto and city councilmen Bern Beecham
and John Barton on Monday plan to ask fellow council members to
lend support to a bid at hosting part of the bicycle race with
The city aims to host the race prologue, where each cyclist individually
rides an approximate three-mile time-trial. This part of the competition
is considered crowd friendly giving spectators a chance to see
each rider and not just a blur of spandex as the peloton flies
by. The prologue is scheduled for Feb. 17, 2008.
Kishimoto, Beecham and Barton stated in a memorandum to the city
council that bringing the first world-class cycling event of the
year to Palo Alto would bring business and international visibility
to the city and Stanford University.
If the letter gets approved at on Monday's meeting and Palo Alto
is selected as the site of the prologue, the announcement would
come in July during cycling's premiere event, the Tour de France,
and would be widely promoted by the event's promoters, AEG, a
sports entertainment company. Costs for the event have been estimated
to be between $100,000 and $250,000 for police, medical personnel,
event staff, portable restrooms and other supplies like barricades
The proposed course would run from Palo Alto City Hall to Stanford
and would highlight downtown Palo Alto and the university. The
race is expected to bring 50,000 cycling enthusiasts to Palo Alto,
benefiting area businesses.
San Leandro Burn Victim Dies
A San Leandro woman who suffered burns on over 90 percent of
her body died on Monday while hospitalized at Santa Clara Valley
Medical Center, an Alameda County Fire Department spokeswoman
Leslie Ward, 56, remained in critical condition for two days
after her 2731 San Leandro Blvd. No. 108 studio apartment caught
on fire Saturday at 1:15 a.m.
The fire was determined to have started by smoking in bed, fire
Homeless Puppy to Become Search And Rescue Dog
A homeless puppy with a grim future found hope and happiness
after passing tests to become a participant for a search and rescue
Nelly, a 1.5-year-old black shepherd-Labrador cross, spent two
and a half months at Oakland Animal Shelter after he was left
at their drop box in early April.
The puppy was not a candidate for adoption due to his powerful
and hyper personality.
While Nelly remained in Oakland Animal Shelter's custody, he
found a surprisingly perfect opportunity through Gap Dogs, an
organization dedicated to helping place shelter dogs into special
service placement programs.
Nelly passed every Gap Dogs test "with flying colors,"
according to a statement from the Oakland Police Department and
joined the ranks of dogs eligible for bomb detection, drug detection,
search and rescue, handicap assistance, seizure alert, cancer
sniffing, and accelerant detection, among other services.
Nelly will fly to Dallas on Tuesday at 10 a.m. with staff from
Oakland Animal Shelter, and undergo 18 months of intensive training
to become a Search and Rescue dog. By choosing a dog from an animal
shelter, rescuers save an estimated $2,500 in what it ordinarily
costs to buy a search-and-rescue dog.
to make a tax-deductible donation for Nelly's transportation.
Fairfield Police Searching For Umpqua Bank Robber
Fairfield police said a man robbed the Umpqua Bank on Monday
then fled on foot.
Police said the man entered the bank at 1411 Oliver Road at 2:28
p.m., went up to a teller and announced a robbery. The man did
not display a weapon but concealed his hand behind his hip as
if he had a weapon, police said.
The suspect made verbal threats and fled on foot, police said.
The suspect is a white male adult, 35-40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches,
160 pounds with gray hair and unshaved facial hair. He was wearing
a blue baseball cap, white or gray shirt, faded blue jeans and
tennis shoes, according to police.
Sonoma County Man Arrested For Cousin's Murder
The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department arrested a Healdsburg
man on Monday on suspicion of murdering his cousin.
Lt. Rob Giordano said 19-year-old Jose Miguel Mendez is suspected
of fatally shooting 17-year-old Pedro Fernando Gonzalez Ruiz of
Healdsburg, whose body was found alongside a long driveway off
Westside Road in Forestville Sunday morning.
Giordano said the shooting happened late Friday or on Saturday.
The sheriff's department believes the victim and suspect worked
at Molsberry Market in Larkfield, Giordano said, and Mendez felt
Ruiz was mistreating him.
A resident in the 11000 block of Westside Road notified the sheriff's
department about a body near a log pile at 11:35 a.m. Sunday.
Mendez was arrested at 3 p.m. and was booked into the Sonoma
County jail for murder. He is being held under no bail. The investigation
is continuing, Giordano said.
Deceased Sonoma County Inmate Identified
The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department identified 55-year-old
Richard Lamont Williamson Jr. of Santa Rosa as the county jail
inmate who was found dead in his cell early Sunday morning.
Lt. Robert Giordano said an autopsy on Monday determined he suffered
coronary heart disease. There were no signs of trauma on his body
and the cause of death is pending toxicology tests, Giordano said.
Giordano said Williamson Jr. was a registered sex offender and
was on parole for sex offenses against a child. He was arrested
after a disturbance at the Motel 6 at 2760 Cleveland Ave. in Santa
Rosa early Friday morning for violating his parole by using drugs.
Giordano said Williamson Jr. told jail medical staff he may suffer
withdrawal symptoms from his drug use. Williamson Jr. had two
conversations with jail staff 90 minutes before his death, both
times indicating he was doing okay, Giordano said.
A correctional officer assigned to Williamson Jr.'s module found
him unresponsive on the floor at 12:40 a.m. Sunday, the sheriff's
department said. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful and Williamson
was pronounced dead at the jail.
San Jose Letter Carrier Honored
A San Jose letter carrier will be honored as a hero Wednesday
after he came to the aid of an elderly woman who had fallen to
the ground and injured her leg.
Ferdinand Adona was going about his day delivering mail in September
when he came across an 89-year-old woman on El Dori Drive in south
San Jose, who had fallen. The woman had apparently fallen while
switching her cane from one hand to the other.
Realizing the woman needed immediate medical attention; Adona
called 911 and then stayed with the woman until paramedics arrived.
"Adona exemplifies how our letter carriers serve as the
eyes and ears of the neighborhoods they serve," San Jose
Postmaster Sammy Velasquez said. "He is truly a caring individual
and an asset to the postal service and the community he serves."
Adona will be officially recognized Wednesday by Velasquez and
the U.S. Postal Service at a ceremony at the Berryessa Post Office
at 1315 Piedmont Road at 8:30 a.m.
Redwood City Proposes Larger Costco
The Redwood City Planning Commission will host a public hearing
Tuesday evening to consider a proposal to replacing an existing
Costco store with a larger one on the same property, Planning
Manager Jill Ekas announced.
The meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the City Council chamber
at City Hall, will consider certification of the Final Environmental
Impact Report for the proposed development at 2300 Middlefield
Road, which would include a gas station in addition to the retail
City Hall is located at 1017 Middlefield Road in Redwood City.
More information on the project can be found at http://www.redwoodcity.org.
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