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*Jan 11, Oakland Bart Directors To Hold Community Meeting Today

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Jan 10, Salinas Man Critically Injured In Possible Gang Shooting
*Jan 10, East Palo Alto Man Arrested After Accidental Shooting Of 12 Yr Old
*Jan 9, San Francisco, Alleged Gang Members Fire Into Funeral
*Jan 9, Dallas Police Officer Norman Smith Killed In The Line Of Duty
*Jan 9, Bart GM Asked Detectives To Finish Grant Shooting Investigation By Next Week
*Jan 9, East Palo Alto 2-yr-old Boy Dead After Accidental Shooting

Jan 11, 2009 OAKLAND: BART DIRECTORS TO HOLD COMMUNITY MEETING TODAY

The Bay Area Rapid Transit District board of directors will hold a community meeting today to discuss how best to move forward following the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a BART police officer early on New Year’s Day. The shooting of Oscar Grant III on the platform of the Fruitvale BART station by BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle around 2 a.m. on Jan. 1 sparked a backlash from the community, including a violent protest Wednesday night that resulted in extensive damage to Oakland’s downtown.  The day after the violence, community members packed a BART board meeting to vent their frustration. The nine board members present at Thursday’s meeting listened to fierce testimony from community members, elected officials and church leaders, many of whom accused BART officials of being unforthcoming with the facts of the investigation.Director Carole Ward Allen, whose district includes the Fruitvale BART station where Grant was killed, said she promised attendees Thursday to hold another meeting to hear more from community leaders.”During our meeting last Thursday, I pledged to follow up with a concerted effort to engage in dialogue with the citizens of Oakland,” Allen said in a prepared statement. “This meeting we have planned will be another step in the healing process.”The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Lawrence Dahms at the Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter, located at 101 Eighth St. in Oakland.

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Jan 10, 2009 EAST PALO ALTO: MAN ARRESTED AFTER ACCIDENTAL FATAL SHOOTING OF 2-YEAR-OLD BOY

A 33-year-old man was arrested Friday night in connection to the accidental fatal shooting of a 2-year-old boy by a 12-year-old family member at a home in East Palo Alto Thursday evening, according to police. Sergio Sanchez was taken into custody on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, storing a firearm in a place accessible by children, and probation violation, according to East Palo Alto police.The 2-year-old toddler was accidentally shot by the 12-year-old family member at about 11:10 p.m. in the garage of a home in the 2200 block of Menalto Avenue, police said. The boy was taken to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries, according to police.Sanchez arrived at the headquarters of the Palo Alto Police Department at about 8:30 p.m. Friday, informing police that he was wanted for questioning.Palo Alto police, who had assisted in identifying Sanchez and his place of employment after he became a person of interest during the preliminary investigation of the shooting, notified East Palo Alto police, who arrived to question him. East Palo Alto police detectives interviewed Sanchez and learned that he was a previously deported felon. Sanchez apparently knew he was being sought because of the media coverage surrounding the shooting and voicemail messages he received from detectives.Sanchez took full accountability for the incident and expressed sincere remorse during the interview, police said. Detectives determined that there was probable cause for Sanchez’ arrest, however, and booked him into San Mateo County Jail.The 12-year-old was questioned after the shooting and released to Child Protective Services along with five other family members, according to police. The case is also being submitted to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office for review of child endangerment, according to police.

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Jan 10, 2009 SALINAS: MAN CRITICALLY INJURED IN SHOOTING

A 34-year-old man was critically injured in Salinas early Friday in what police are investigating as a gang-related shooting. The victim responded to a knock on his front door in the 1100 block of Cortez Street around 2:15 a.m. when two male suspects confronted him, police said.The victim got in an argument with the suspects as he tried to shut his front door, according to police. During the argument, one of the suspects shot the victim in the head, police said. The victim was listed in critical condition at a local hospital.

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Jan 9, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO ALLEGED GANG MEMBERS FIRE INTO FUNERAL PROCESSION FOR MURDER VICTIM

San Francisco police Thursday arrested two suspected gang members for firing a semi-automatic weapon into a funeral procession mourning an 18-year-old homicide victim, a police spokesman said today.Sgt. Wilfred Williams said the incident happened at about 1:25 p.m. outside a church at Golden Gate and Webster streets, following a funeral service for Lazarus Pickett, a San Francisco man allegedly stabbed by his ex-girlfriend on the morning of Dec. 30. DeEbony Smith, 27, is still in custody, charged with murder after Pickett died later that night.Williams said police monitoring the funeral area were able to quickly detain three men suspected of being involved in the shooting into the procession of mourners, which included some of Pickett’s affiliates, he said.No one was struck, Williams said.Deron Cheeves, 21, of Daly City, and Quinci Greene, 21, of San Francisco, were arrested and booked on charges of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, conspiracy, possession of an assault weapon, firearm possession by a convicted felon, and participation in a criminal street gang, according to Williams. Police also recovered a Tec-9 semi-automatic firearm at the scene, Williams said. A third man who was detained was later released, according to Williams. Cheeves and Greene have not yet been arraigned on the charges, according to the district attorney’s office.

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Jan 9, 2009 OAKLAND: BART GM ASKS DETECTIVES TO FINISH GRANT INVESTIGATION NEXT WEEK

Bay Area Rapid Transit General Manager Dorothy Dugger said today that she’s asked the agency’s detectives to complete their preliminary investigation into the shooting death of Oscar Grant III at the Fruitvale station in Oakland next week However, Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff said he’s maintaining his timeline of taking two more weeks before he makes a decision on whether to file criminal charges against BART police officer Johannes Mehserle for shooting and killing Grant, a 22-year-old Hayward man. The incident happened shortly after 2 a.m. on Jan. 1 when Mehserle and other officers stopped a train at the Fruitvale station in Oakland after receiving reports that two groups of men were fighting on the train. Dugger said a team of nine BART detectives is working on the case and has interviewed all of the police officers who were on the platform at the Fruitvale station during the incident except for Mehserle. Mehserle resigned on Wednesday so that he wouldn’t have to talk to BART officials about the incident and he also has refused to talk to the district attorney’s office, according to Orloff. Mehserle’s attorney, Christopher Miller of Sacramento, did not return a phone call for comment today. BART, the district attorney’s office and the Oakland Police Department are all investigating the incident, which has provoked outrage among the community because videos indicate that Grant wasn’t armed, was lying on his stomach and was shot in the back.Alice Huffman, the president of the California branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is asking California Attorney General Jerry Brown to intervene in the investigation,
saying in a statement that “citizens have little faith that local law enforcement personnel will seek justice.”Huffman and Brown spoke briefly by phone today and will meet in person on Saturday at Brown’s office in Oakland. They will hold a news conference after they talk in private.Dugger said BART directors will hold a meeting on Monday to create a new board committee that will examine BART police procedures. Referring to Grant’s shooting death, she said, “We want to make sure that such a terrible tragedy never occurs again.” Dugger said that at a five-hour public hearing at Thursday’s BART board meeting, “We saw an extraordinary outpouring in which community members made their voices heard” about their unhappiness about how the transit agency has responded to the incident. She said, “We heard their voices, their anger and their frustration.” Dugger said, “Yesterday’s meeting was just the beginning of a dialogue with the community” and BART officials will hold a community forum on the incident at some point in the near future.The Alameda County coroner’s bureau said today that a preliminary report by a pathologist has determined that Grant’s death was caused by a gun shot wound to his torso. But the coroner’s bureau said the pathologist’s autopsy protocol won’t be finalized for another eight weeks, as it will take that long for toxicology tests on Grant to be completed.

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End of Watch: Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The members of the Dallas Police Department are mourning the loss of Senior Corporal Norman Smith #6613, an 18 year veteran of the department. Sr. Cpl. Smith was assigned to the Gang Unit at the time of his death. This offense occurred on January 6, 2009 at approximately 6:15pm at 4950 Wadsworth Street.
Sr. Cpl. Smith, along with six Gang Unit Officers and a supervisor had gone to the offense location in an attempt to locate William Jobe B/M/3-12-79, who was wanted for Aggravated Robbery out of Arlington , Texas . Sr. Cpl. Smith knocked on the apartment door and was met by gunfire; Sr. Cpl. Smith had been shot by one of the occupants in the apartment. Officers pulled Sr. Cpl. Smith to safety and began providing medical assistance to him. Sr. Cpl. Smith was transported to Baylor Hospital by Dallas Fire and rescue where he died from his wounds at 6:58pm. Charles Payne 2-7-82 was charged with one count of Capital Murder and two counts of Attempt Capital Murder. William Jobe was arrested for the Aggravated Robbery warrant. Officers recovered drugs and a weapon inside the apartment.

Sr. Cpl. Smith has long been known as one of the most knowledgeable officers in the department when it came to local gangs. Over the course of a two month period in 2006, Sr. Cpl. Smith helped clear eight murders, many involving gang members. In addition to Corporal Smith’s accomplishments in solving gang crimes, his innate ability to read people and his professional interview skills have helped numerous other detectives outside the gang and Homicide Units. Sr. Cpl. Smith consistently distinguished himself as one of the best of the best on the Dallas Police Department. Corporal Smith is the 79th Dallas police officer killed in the line of duty.

The Norman S. Smith Memorial Fund had been established at the City Credit Union for anyone wishing to make donations on behalf of this outstanding officer. A memorial has been set up in front of the Jack Evans Headquarters Bldg in honor of Sr. Cpl. Smith.

Corporal Smith is survived by his wife, who also serves with the Dallas Police Department, and two children.

Jan 9, 2009 EAST PALO ALTO: 2-YEAR-OLD BOY DEAD AFTER ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING

A 2-year-old boy is dead after an accidental shooting by a 12-year-old family member in an East Palo Alto home Thursday night, according to police.East Palo Alto police responded at about 11:10 p.m. to the 2200 block of Menalto Avenue for reports of an unconscious toddler. Arriving officers found the boy in the arms of a family member and provided CPR to him. The boy was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.A preliminary investigation by police concluded that the toddler sustained a gunshot wound to his chest from the 12-year-old who was playing with a rifle in the garage of the home.The 12-year-old was questioned and released to Child Protective Services along with five other family members, according to police, who said that no arrests have been made.The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office will review the case to determine if criminal charges should be filed, police said.

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Jan 9, 2009 UNION CITY: NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH GROUP HELPS POLICE MAKE BURGLARY ARREST

A 33-year-old Hayward man was arrested in Union City after a member of a neighborhood watch group helped police interrupt the burglary of a home, according to Union City police.Jose Zuniga Jr. was arrested Saturday after the burglary, which was reported at about 5:25 p.m. on Hilton Street, police said.A member of the Oregon Street Neighborhood Watch Group noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a neighbor’s house and called police.Arriving officers arrested Zuniga as he was getting ready to flee with a large amount of property from the home, according to police.Zuniga faces charges of residential burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and a parole violation, police said.The Neighborhood Watch Program is a partnership between Union City police and community members who work together to prevent crime. Officers regularly attend neighborhood watch meetings to discuss topics such as identifying suspicious activity, crime prevention, and ways to report crimes to the police.

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