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The Oakland Coliseum BART station reopened after police investigate a bomb threat there this morning.

Police completed a sweep of the station around 9 a.m. and did not find a bomb, BART spokesman Jim Allison said.

Trains are running through the station, and passengers are being allowed to get on and off trains.

Allison said commuters should still expect delays of eight to 12 minutes on routes going through the Coliseum station.

The station was closed and evacuated at 7:40 a.m. so police and the Alameda County Sheriff's Office could search the area and investigate the report, Allison said.

Bomb-sniffing dogs were called in to help sweep the area.

Allison said someone called 911 to report hearing about a possible bomb threat. He said the caller did not make the bomb threat.





A body was found in an apartment unit at a high-rise building near the San Francisco Golf Club this morning after a fire broke out in a cluttered apartment, a deputy fire chief said.

Fire crews responded around 5:10 a.m. to a Parkmerced apartment building at first block of Chumasero Drive, off of Brotherhood Way.

Deputy Chief Mark Gonzales said there were several small fires at a unit where a hoarder appeared to live in a unit near the bottom of the building.

He said it took crews some time to find the flames before quickly extinguishing the blaze.

Crews found a body in a unit that was filled with items, he said. That person appears to have been the only resident in the unit.

No other injuries were reported.

A fire alarm had gone off in the entire building, he said, however the blaze did not spread to other units.

The fire remains under investigation, he said.





Two San Jose police officers and a male adult were injured Wednesday on Park Avenue near central San Jose after the man refused requests by tenants of an apartment to leave, a police spokesman said.

The man, who is not being identified, was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of assaulting the police officers, according to police spokesman Officer Albert Morales.

Officers had responded at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday to a call about a disturbance at an apartment in the 1200 block of Park Avenue at Meridian Avenue, Morales reported.

The tenants reported that a man known to them was in the apartment but did not comply with their demands that he depart the premises, police said.

The officers had the tenants leave the building and tried to arrest the man for trespassing when he began to physically assault them, according to Morales.

One of the officers was transported to a hospital for treatment for injuries suffered in the altercation and the other officer was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released.

The suspect was also taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries he suffered during his arrest and police later booked him into the county jail.





A suspect connected to two Burlingame bank robberies was arrested last weekend in San Francisco, Burlingame police said Thursday.

Mitchell Garcia, 58, of San Mateo, was identified as the lone suspect involved in two bank robberies.

During the first robbery in April, Garcia allegedly displayed the butt of a gun from the front waistband of his pants, police said.

In a separate robbery on July 5, Garcia allegedly displayed what he claimed to be an explosive device, police said.

Detectives obtained a $200,000 warrant for Garcia's arrest, according to police.

Garcia was arrested at a residential hotel in San Francisco's Mission Terrace neighborhood, police said.





The San Jose Police Department is investigating attacks on five men injured Thursday near a high school in East San Jose, two of whom were stabbed at least once and three others beaten, a spokeswoman said.

All five victims were transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, police Sgt. Heather Randol said.

Police are still investigating the crimes and no suspects have been found, Randol said.

Officers were dispatched at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday on a reported stabbing in the 1800 block of Darwin Way, a neighborhood street a block north of William Overfelt High School, according to police.

Police found the five male adult victims at the scene, two of them stabbed and the others suffering from blunt force trauma, police said.

The motive for the attacks is not known, Randol said.





Police are investigating a Thursday night shooting in Oakland that sent a 17-year-old to the hospital.

Police responded at 7:16 p.m. to Brookdale Park in the 2500 block of High Street to investigate a report of a shooting, according to Oakland Police Department spokesman Frank Bonifacio.

Bonifacio said responding officers located a 17-year-old male suffering from a non life-threatening gunshot wound.

The victim was transported to the hospital.

There were no other injuries reported and no arrests have been made.

Police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call the police department at (510) 238-3426 or Crime Stoppers at (510) 777-8572.





The Sonoma County coroner's office has identified the pedestrian who was killed when he was struck by a vehicle near Sebastopol Tuesday night as 58-year-old James Arnold Curtis II of Sebastopol.

Curtis was walking on the right shoulder of state Highway 116 just west of Sparkes Road when he was hit around 10 p.m. by a 2014 Toyota Camry traveling east on Highway 116 at 35-40 mph, the California Highway Patrol said.

The Camry driver, Ben Van Cat, 39, of Santa Ana, said Curtis turned, looked at him and ran directly into the path of his car as he approached, the CHP said.

Curtis suffered major injuries and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where he died around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, the CHP said.

Cat braked but struck Curtis, the CHP said. Cat is not suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the CHP said.

An autopsy is scheduled for today, and toxicology tests will determine if Curtis was impaired.





A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of committing a lewd act on a child in Livermore on Tuesday, police said.

Jesse Schlicker allegedly committed the act while hired at a soccer camp program as a speed and strength coach at the Cabernet Indoor Sports facility at 6474 Patterson Pass Road, police said.

He was booked into county jail on suspicion of committing a lewd act on a child under 14, according to police.

On its website the company's management said they are cooperating with the Livermore Police Department's investigation into Schlicker.

"We take many steps to ensure a safe and secure environment, from the high visibility of every inch of our play areas to screening the people who come in contact with our customers," the company's management said in a statement.

"The coach in question has been suspended pending the outcome of this investigation and formally restrained from the company's premises," according to the statement.





An Oakland attorney was sentenced today to five years' probation for her felony animal cruelty conviction for failing to properly care for the more than 100 cats who lived in her home, many of which died or had to be euthanized.

In sentencing 62-year-old Jan Van Dusen, Alameda County Superior Court Superior Court Judge Gloria Rhynes denied a request by Van Dusen's lawyer, Frank Offen, that her conviction be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Offen argued that Van Dusen doesn't have any prior convictions and has provided important services to the community as a lawyer and said a felony conviction on her record likely would cause her to be disbarred and she "would be left destitute" because she doesn't have a source of income aside from her law practice.

But Rhynes said she wouldn't reduce Van Dusen's conviction because she engaged in "felony conduct" by not taking good care of the cats who lived at her home on Magnolia Street in West Oakland.

Rhynes said, "I know her intention was to improve the lifestyle of the cats, but it's indisputable that they suffered, were exposed to multiple diseases and many of them had to be euthanized because of the magnitude of the conditions" at Van Dusen's home.

Oakland Animal Control officers who raided Van Dusen's house on Magnolia Street in October 2011 said they found about 100 cats, most of them feral, including 11 cats that were dead and had been placed in a freezer. Another 18 cats had to be euthanized because they couldn't be treated and most of the remaining cats also had developed medical problems, animal officials said.

Animal Control officials said the conditions in Van Dusen's home were rancid and the smell of urine and feces was overwhelming.

Van Dusen contended at her trial that she didn't do anything illegal and that she took in sick and homeless cats that no one else wanted.

Van Dusen could have faced up to three years in state prison for her conviction but Rhynes said it would be more appropriate for her to be placed on probation, along with numerous conditions.

Among those are that she not own any animals, undergo mental health counseling, perform 200 hours of community service and pay a restitution fine for the cost of impounding, housing, caring for, feeding and treating the cats that were at her house.

Oakland Animal Control officials are asking for about $40,000 in restitution but the amount won't be finalized until Van Dusen has a restitution hearing in September.





The Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed today four groups of mosquitoes, five dead birds and two chickens have tested positive for West Nile Virus in recent weeks.

Officials with the district said the mosquitoes were trapped in Discovery Bay last week and earlier this week, the birds were found in Antioch, Brentwood, Concord and Danville and the chickens were located in Holland Tract and Oakley.

Inspectors fogged for adult mosquitoes in Discovery Bay on Monday.

This year, the district has reported finding West Nile Virus in seven groups of mosquitoes, six chickens and 19 dead birds.

The district is warning people the two species of mosquitoes in the county capable of transmitting the virus prefer to feed on birds, but people can become infected when a mosquito bites an infected bird and then a person.

The symptoms of the mild form of West Nile virus include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches and swollen lymph glands and can last from a few days to weeks, according to the district. The virus can also be fatal.

The district is asking residence to reduce the risk of contracting mosquito-born diseases by dumping or draining standing water, using repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and to avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are present.

The district is also asking residents to report neglected swimming pools by calling (925) 771-6195 and to report dead birds to the state hotline at 1-877-968-2473.

Since 2005, 47 people in Contra Costa County have been diagnosed with West Nile Virus, and two people died from the disease in 2006, according to the district.





A 20-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in Carmel Valley on suspicion of kidnapping, performing sexual acts with a minor and child endangerment, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies took Jose Matias Reyes Alvarez, who is unemployed and from no known address, into custody from a residence in Carmel Valley where two female victims lived, the sheriff's office reported.

At about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, a deputy responded to a home in Carmel Valley on a report of past physical abuse of a minor child, according to the sheriff's office.

A female juvenile told the deputy that Alvarez had battered her and showed the deputies a visible injury, the deputy reported.

From an investigation, the sheriff's office determined the suspect had been in a sexual relationship with another girl at the home and had taken her across state lines without her parents' consent, deputies said.

Alvarez was booked into the Monterey County Main Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, child sexual abuse, child endangerment and an unrelated arrest warrant.

Deputies are working on the case with the district attorney's office, according to the sheriff's office.





A 51-year-old Orange County man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for carrying a firearm and three quarters of a pound of methamphetamine through Oakland on his way to distribute it in Ukiah, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

California Highway Patrol officers pulled over Timathe Richard Soto as he drove on Interstate Highway 580 in Oakland on March 1, 2013, and discovered the methamphetamine and a loaded Springfield Armory XD 9mm pistol in a search of the vehicle, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Soto was traveling to Ukiah in order to distribute the methamphetamine and exchange it for marijuana, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Soto was on parole after having been released from state prison in 2012 for assault with a deadly weapon, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. He has previously committed more than two violent crimes and crimes involving controlled substances, making him a "career offender" under federal sentencing guidelines.

Soto pleaded guilty on May 7 to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Soto will have to serve five years of supervised release after his prison sentence ends.





A 42-year-old woman was attacked in her car by two other women with a baseball bat and pepper spray in San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood Thursday afternoon, according to police.

Around 5:15 p.m., a 32-year-old and 28-year-old woman approached the victim sitting in her vehicle at Revere Avenue and Crisp Road, police said.

The first suspect punched the woman in her face and the woman got out of her car. The second suspect then hit the woman in the head with a baseball bat before spraying her in the face with pepper spray, according to police.

The woman was taken to a hospital with a cut to the back of her head. She is expected to survive her injuries, police said.

The suspects fled in a gray four-door vehicle and have not been caught as of this morning, according to police.
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