*Jan 13, San Jose Man Found Shot In Driveway Of Home

Published by on December 24, 2008


A man was found fatally shot in the driveway of a San Jose home Monday night, police Officer Jermaine Thomas said.The shooting was reported at about 11:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Glen Amador Court, Thomas said.Several neighbors reported hearing gunshots, and arriving officers found the man in the driveway of a home, according to Thomas, who said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.No arrests have been made and no suspect information was available as of 6:45 a.m., Thomas said.The shooting was San Jose’s first homicide of the year, according to Thomas.

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A Berkeley woman has been arrested in connection with a shooting that left a man hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds, Berkeley police spokesman Andrew Frankel said today.The victim was shot on the sidewalk on the west side of a Bank of America parking lot at 2546 San Pablo Ave., near Parker Street, about 8:15
p.m. Sunday. Frankel said police responded to a report of an argument in that area and heard a series of gunshots nearby while they were looking for the people involved. Rhonda Reid, 47, was arrested near the shooting scene and a male suspect in the case is still at large, Frankel said.The victim was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where he is still undergoing treatment, Frankel said. Frankel declined to say whether police believe the victim was shot by Reid or by the male suspect. The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

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Two Salinas residents were killed in separate shootings over the weekend, both of which may be gang-related, Salinas police said today. The first fatal shooting occurred around 2:15 a.m. Friday, when Salinas resident Luis Fernando Rodriguez Garcia, 34, was shot in the 1100 block of Cortez Street, police said. Two male suspects had approached the front door of Garcia’s home  and asked for someone by name when an argument broke out and one of the suspects shot Garcia in the head, police said.Garcia was transported to a hospital and placed on life support before succumbing to his wound Sunday evening, according to the Police Department. The second fatal shooting happened Saturday night.Salinas resident Frankie Espinoza was shot around 10:20 p.m. as he was leaving a party in the 1200 block of Tampico Avenue.  Espinoza’s friends tried to drive him to a hospital but collided with another vehicle near East Alvin Drive and Natividad Road, according to police.Police responded to the crash and found Espinoza suffering from several gunshots wounds to his torso and hands. He was flown to a hospital where he died Sunday morning. Both killings are being investigated as possibly gang-related, police Sgt. Don Cline said today.”The city does have a serious gang problem we have had for several years,” Cline said. “Like any city, we experience spikes in violence. Ours historically have been gang related.”The killings mark the city’s first two murders of 2009. A total of 25 homicides were reported in Salinas last year.”Is this a trend for what’s to come? That’s way too soon to tell,” Cline said.

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The Bay Area Rapid Transit District board of directors today announced the formation of a police oversight committee to investigate the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant III by a BART police officer early New Year’s Day.  The announcement was made at a community meeting held by the board that BART Director Carole Ward Allen said marks “another step in the healing process.”The meeting brought together a potpourri of community members and leaders alike, all who called for justice for the death of the 22-year-old Hayward man and rapid action from BART and other agencies investigating the shooting.  Speakers also tied the shooting to the larger issue of race. Rev. Amos Brown, president of the San Francisco chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People urged the board members to “come to the ‘hood where people are suffering.”  “We want healing, but many times it doesn’t come unless there’s surgery,” Brown said. “We don’t need any more analysis. BART needs to ‘fess up about discrimination toward minorities.”  Keith Muhammad of the Oakland mosque of the Nation of Islam mentioned the suffering of the other men who were handcuffed on the Fruitvale station platform and forced to witness what he called a “horrific murder.”Like many other speakers, Muhammad emphasized the need for an oversight review based in the community “from citizens concerned with justice, not politicians concerned with interests.” Following remarks made by a female Oakland student calling on BART to bring those responsible to justice, both George Holland, president of the Oakland branch of the NAACP and Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson expressed concern about the image of the city in youths’ eyes. “I’m deeply concerned about how our system is being judged and how our young people see our system operating,” Carson said. One concerned citizen wondered aloud about the training policy police officers are required to undergo. “I want to learn what they are learning about behavior,” he said, adding, “This whole system needs to be revamped.” At a meeting last week, board directors had agreed to post information about the training procedure for BART police officers on the Web site but it still not been up at the time of today’s meeting.A frustrated City Councilwoman Desley Brooks complained to the board it had not moved a step forward since the incident took place more than a week ago.  “You responded only because a community got outraged,” Brooks said.Brooks’ remarks caused Allen to leave the room. The board will hold another meeting on Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the BART boardroom at 300 Lakeside Drive in Oakland to further discuss the formation of a police oversight committee.  BART spokesman Linton Johnson said he hopes BART police’s preliminary investigation will be completed by the end of this week, at which time the evidence will be overturned to the district attorney’s office for review.

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A Concord woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence this morning after her car careened off Interstate Highway 780 in Benicia, went through a backyard and landed in a resident’s swimming pool. The crash happened around8:30 a.m. as 43-year-old Yvonne Campbell drove east at about 65 mph on I-780 between Seventh and Second streets in a blue 2000 Acura TL, according to the California Highway Patrol.  Witnesses reported seeing the Acura weave in and out of its lane then veer off the roadway at a 45-degree angle and travel down an embankment, the CHP reported. The car struck two small redwood trees and “broke them off,” then crashed through a fence and entered the backyard of a home on Edna Court, colliding with a table, chairs and a hammock before splashing into the pool, Benicia fire Division Chief Pete Fiori said.A resident of the home initially though the crash was an earthquake but then heard the Campbell’s car radio blaring and went out to find the car in his swimming pool with the woman still inside, Fiori said.”One of the (car) windows broke out so it was filling up with water,” Fiori said.  Neighbors called 911 and four minutes later Benicia police Cpl. Mark Menesini arrived at the home, followed by a Benicia fire rescue crew Menisini was greeted by a “hysterical” resident who screamed that someone was trapped inside the car, he said.  He headed to the pool to find neighbors in the water pulling on the car’s bumper, trying to keep it in the shallow end of the pool and maintain an air pocket so Campbell could breathe. “But the vehicle was pretty much completely submerged,” he said.  Menesini removed his service belt, jumped in the water along with a Benicia firefighter, climbed on top of the car and broke open the sunroof, he said. The water was dirty and at first he wasn’t able to see Campbell. But when he got closer, he saw her face. Her eyes were open but she appeared to be unconscious, he said. “She was unresponsive,” he said. “Her face was blue.” At some point someone passed the rescuers a pry bar. Menesini and fellow rescuers managed to pry an opening along the car’s window frame and pull the woman out. Emergency personnel administered CPR and were able to revive Campbell at the side of the pool, he said. Fiori said she was taken to Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center for evaluation and treatment. He did not have an update on her condition. No one else was in the car at the time of the crash. The CHP reported that there was a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” coming from Campbell and that toxicology tests are under way to determine her blood-alcohol content. Campbell has been arrested.The rescuers suffered minor cuts but no serious injuries, Menesini said.  Asked this afternoon how he felt about the whole thing, Menesini said, “I feel better now that I’m dry. The water was freezing.”He said the rescue itself “almost felt like it was out of a movie.” “I’m thankful that we were able to help her out,” he said.

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The second suspect in a Christmas Eve kidnapping and robbery at a San Rafael massage parlor was arrested near Sacramento on Saturday, according to the Police Department.Police received an anonymous tip on the whereabouts of Joseph Jerome Flowers, 37, who was already wanted for being a parolee at large,police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said. Police are still working out thecharges in the kidnapping case. He was identified as the second suspect in a robbery that happened on Christmas Eve just before 5:30 p.m. at the New Day Health Center, a massage parlor at 4140 Redwood Highway, police said. Douglas Patterson, 31, turned himself in to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, and was booked under $70,000 bail for robbery and kidnapping.The robbers came into the parlor with a handgun, demanded crash from the three women working inside and forcibly removed one of them, Rohrbacher said. They took her downstairs to a Honda Element and fled the scene, she said. The 37-year-old woman was dropped off unharmed in Richmond but locals had to help her find a Chinese restaurant, since she speaks Mandarin, to help her get in contact with police and dictate where she was, she said.Flowers is expected to be transported to Marin County jail within the next few days, she said.

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