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*Feb 12, 2009 SAN JOSE SUSPECT DIES AFTER POLICE USE TASER DURING VIOLENT STRUGGLE

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*Feb 12, REDWOOD CITY: 14-YEAR-OLD BOY CHARGED AS AN ADULT WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER
*Feb 12, SAN JOSE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER SHUT DOWN DUE TO POSSIBLE CONTAMINATION
*Feb 12, LOS ALTOS MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY OF JEWELRY STORE, ACCOUNTING BUSINESS
*Feb 12, 2009 SANTA ROSA: MAN ARRESTED FOR COUNTERFEITING AFTER TRAFFIC STOP
*Feb 12, 2009 SAN JOSE FIRE OFFICIALS: HYDROGEN SULFIDE SICKENED TEEN, CAUSED HAZMAT SCARE AT HOSPITAL

Feb 12, 2009 REDWOOD CITY: 14-YEAR-OLD BOY CHARGED AS AN ADULT WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER

A 14-year-old boy was arraigned in San Mateo County Superior Court on Wednesday on charges of attempted murder for allegedly stabbing another teen the boy believed was a rival gang member. Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Vladmir Ernesto Santos is the youngest person to be charged as an adult in the county and that the decision was made because “this crime was so violent for such a
trivial purpose.”Santos was with his friends Victor Sanchez, 18, and Edgar Palomares, 19, in downtown Redwood City around 10 p.m. Monday looking for a gang member to attack when they spotted their future victim, Wagstaffe said.The 19-year-old man had just left his job at Kmart and was walking to a nearby bus station to go home, according to Redwood City police Capt. Ron Matuszak.Santos, Sanchez and Palomares, who are all believed to be associated with the Norteno gang, directed their gang’s whistle at the 19-year-old man, Matuszak said.When the man did not whistle back, the suspects assumed he was a member of the Norteno’s rival gang the Surenos, according to Matuszak.Santos then allegedly took out a knife and stabbed the teen multiple times. Wagstaffe said the man appears to be an innocent victim who is not a gang member.The victim suffered a collapsed lung and stab wounds to the torso, hands and face. He remained hospitalized today but is expected to survive, according to Matuszak.Police responded to the scene after two witnesses reported the attack. The suspects were arrested near the intersection of El Camino Real and James Avenue.As the victim was being loaded onto a stretcher with an oxygen mask around his face, Sanchez tried to kick him on the stretcher and screamed to the victim to not tell the police what happened, Wagstaffe said.Sanchez and Palomares were also arraigned Wednesday on charges related to the stabbing. All three suspects were appointed the private defender program and are scheduled to return to court Feb. 19 to enter their pleas and set a preliminary hearing date.

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Feb 12, 2009 SAN JOSE SUSPECT DIES AFTER POLICE USE TASER DURING VIOLENT STRUGGLE

Two patrol officers were injured and a suspect was left dead after his allegedly violent attempt to resist arrest prompted police to use a Taser stun gun Wednesday night, a police spokesman said this morning.Around 10:20 p.m., two officers on patrol near the intersection of Adrian Way and Story Road made contact with a man in his 20s in the backyard of a home in the 2200 block of Amador Drive, San Jose police Officer Enrique Garcia said.Garcia did not have information on why the officers decided to take the man into custody, but said the suspect violently resisted their efforts. During the struggle, one officer suffered lacerations to the face and the other suffered a leg injury, he said. One or both officers deployed a Taser gun in order to subdue the struggling man, Garcia said. At some point the man began to suffer medical distress. One officer performed CPR but the suspect did not regain consciousness and died at the scene, Garcia said.An investigation into the incident was continuing at 7 a.m. today, and the officers involved were being interviewed, Garcia said. Agencies participating in the investigation include the San Jose Police Department’s homicide unit and internal affairs department, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office, and the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office, which will perform an autopsy to possibly determine a cause of death.

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Feb 12 2009 SAN JOSE UPDATE: VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER SHUT DOWN DUE TO POSSIBLE CONTAMINATION

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center was shut down this morning when a teenager was taken to the emergency room after being exposed to some sort of hazardous material that made him lose consciousness, a fire captain said.The incident prompted a quarantine of the entire emergency department.Earlier this morning, emergency personnel responded to a report of a teenage boy reacting to some sort of contaminant at a household at 3097 Yucca Ave., fire Captain Barry Stallard said.The teen was transported to the medical center without being decontaminated, which may have exposed others to the hazardous material,Stallard said.Health personnel are decontaminating 46 patients and 37 employees who might have been exposed to the unknown material at the medical center, located at 751 S. Bascom Ave., county health and hospital spokeswoman Joy Alexiou saidAlexiou said the decontamination consists of washing those who may
have been exposed with soap and hot water, removing their clothes and giving them new clothes. At around 11:30 a.m., hazardous materials workers dressed in full-body blue and green suits with oxygen tanks were standing outside the medical center. Police,sheriff’s deputies and firefighters were at the scene. Four police officers came in contact with the teenager at the house and they are also being decontaminated, Stallard said.The teenager’s mom was decontaminated at the scene.Six households in the area were also evacuated.

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Feb 12, 2009 LOS ALTOS: MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY OF JEWELRY STORE, ACCOUNTING BUSINESS

A San Jose man faces charges in connection to the November burglary of a Los Altos jewelry store and accounting business after a DNA test led to his identification, Los Altos police announced Wednesday.Steven Michael Garcia is being held on charges of forced entry and commercial burglary at Hordin’s Income Tax Service and Harold’s Jewelry at 164 Main St. in the early morning hours of Nov. 2, according to police.Harold’s Jewelry sustained about $500,000 in loss of jewelry, police said. Evaluation of the crime scene revealed several items that contained trace DNA, and those items were submitted to a Department of Justice crime lab that led to the identification of Garcia.Los Altos police, along with members of the Santa Clara and San Jose police departments, executed a search warrant Monday on Garcia’s San Jose home, and seized several jewelry items, as well as electronic devices and construction tools.Harold Yan, the owner of Harold’s Jewelry, positively identified this morning several items of jewelry that were seized from the home, according to police.An arrest warrant was also obtained for Garcia, who was already in custody in Milpitas for unrelated criminal matters. He is currently being held on two charges of commercial burglary and one count of grand theft, with a total bail amount of $50,000, police said.The criminal investigation is ongoing while Los Alto police wait for additional DNA evidence and develop additional leads and investigate associates of Garcia.

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Feb 12, 2009 SANTA ROSA: MAN ARRESTED FOR COUNTERFEITING AFTER TRAFFIC STOP

Santa Rosa police arrested a man for counterfeiting Monday after they allegedly found three counterfeit bills in his possession after a traffic stop.Police later found evidence of counterfeiting and a loaded firearm when they searched Joshua David Cope’s Gilbert Drive residence in Santa Rosa, Sgt. Lisa Banayat said.A patrol officer stopped Cope’s gray Ford Falcon on southbound Santa Rosa Avenue at Charles Street around 3:37 p.m. Monday because it had bald tires, Banayat said.Cope presented a DMV printout as identification and the printout revealed Cope’s license was suspended, Banayat said. The officer then found Cope had the three counterfeit bills, Banayat said.Cope was arrested for forgery, possession of counterfeit currency and counterfeiting equipment and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was booked into the Sonoma County jail and later posted bail, Banayat said.

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Feb 12, 2009 SAN JOSE FIRE OFFICIALS: HYDROGEN SULFIDE SICKENED TEEN, CAUSED HAZMAT SCARE AT HOSPITAL

A San Jose fire captain said this afternoon it was hydrogen sulfide that severely sickened a teenage boy this morning and prompted the closure of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s emergency room.”It’s a corrosive that affects your respiratory tract,” fire Capt. Steve Alvarado said. “If you inhale it, it’s not good.”The medical center was in the process of being reopened this afternoon following an hours-long closure prompted by the arrival of the teen, who was taken to the emergency room around 8:45 a.m. after being exposed to what Alvarado now says was hydrogen sulfide. At first, hospital officials and firefighters didn’t know what had sickened the boy and thought he might have exposed employees and patients in the emergency room to the contaminant. They quarantined the entire emergency department and began decontaminating those inside, a process that involved washing each person with soap and water and changing their clothes. As of 1 p.m., health personnel had decontaminated about half of roughly 90 people who could have been exposed, county health and hospital spokeswoman Joy Alexiou said. However, Alvarado said after fire officials had identified the cause of the teen’s illness as hydrogen sulfide that it is highly unlikely he contaminated anyone else at the hospital. “It affects the immediate area,” Alvarado said. “Once you get out into the atmosphere, it really doesn’t pose a threat.”Fire Capt. Barry Stallard concurred. “It’s more of a confined-space gas,” he said. “It dissipates very quickly.”The teen remained in critical condition this afternoon. His mother, two firefighters and four police officers were also exposed and were taken to hospitals for treatment, Alvarado said. Emergency crews had been called to a home at 3097 Yucca Ave. this morning after the teen began reacting to the gas at a home there, Stallard said. He was transported to the medical center without being decontaminated, which Stallard said was correct protocol based on the information emergency crews had at the time, but which caused the emergency room scare.Police blocked off Foxworthy and Meridian avenues near the home on Yucca Avenue, and five other households were evacuated. Alvarado said the source of the hydrogen sulfide is still under investigation. “The other parts of the puzzle are going to be filled in by family members,” he said. The scare created quite a scene at the medical center this morning. At about 11:30 a.m., hazardous materials workers dressed in full-body blue and green suits with oxygen tanks attached stood outside the emergency room. Medical center officials diverted incoming ambulances to other emergency rooms in the region. San Jose resident Carlos Pena was in the emergency department’s waiting room this morning when the area was quarantined. He had accompanied his 59-year-old mother to the hospital because she wasn’t feeling well. Pena said his mother was one of those decontaminated and had to wait in line, shower off and change into scrubs. She was then transported to another hospital. He said he was worried about her but glad the hospital took the extra precautions.  “It’s better to be safe than sorry,” he said.

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