Category Archives: Brentwood

Brentwood Suspect Arrested Following Police Chase, Crash

OAKLEY (CBS SF) — A suspected auto thief was arrested Monday following a high-speed chase that began in Brentwood and ended in a crash on an Oakley street, police said. Brentwood police said the incident began around 11 a.m. Monday. Officers on patrol spotted a car that was reported to have been stolen driving near O’Hara Ave. and Grant St. and attempted a vehicle stop. But instead of stopping the vehicle sped away and police began a pursuit. The car sped into Antioch, but crashed a short time later, flipping over at Main Street and O’Hara Ave. The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Jorge Lara of Brentwood, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries. He was later released and then arrested on charges of auto theft, evading police, a probation violation and an outstanding warrant. Police said that Lara may have been under the influence of methamphetamine.

Lighting, Hail, Thunder Greet Morning Commute

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A low pressure system fired pulses of unstable weapon into the East Bay Wednesday morning, triggering lightning, thunder, hail storms and intense downpours, forecasters said. The culprit was the same weather system that triggered freakish lightning storms in the Bay Area on Monday night into early Tuesday. Weather service officials said that about 1,200 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes occurred and nearly 7,000 total flashes were recorded for the entire Bay Area. The lightning was also blamed for seven fires in the Cal Fire San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit’s area of operations. Statewide, there were 6,700 lightning strikes detected. On Wednesday morning, brief intense cloud bursts, lightning, thunder and hail was reported in Eastern Contra Costa County, Walnut Creek, Orinda and Santa Rosa and the North Bay.

The National Weather Service said the low pressure system would move to the southeast during the day, taking with it the threat of unsettled weather.

Alleged Richmond Gang Members Tied To Deadly East Bay Crime Spree

RICHMOND (CBS SF) — Seven alleged Richmond gang members were in custody Wednesday for a violent East Bay crime spree that included three murders and 14 attempted murders, including the shooting of an Orinda school board member, authorities said.

Other crimes attributed to the group included six armed robberies, two carjackings and a Fremont home invasion captured on home security camera video.

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Surveillance image of a home invasion robbery in Fremont. (Fremont Police Dept.)

Richmond police said six of the alleged gang members – Tarell Brown, Ronald Fluker, Tommie Woods, Bobby Williams, Marrico Williams and Torion Young – have been in custody since August on various charges, while the seventh, Jermaine Hicks, was arrested last month.

Police spokesman Lt. Felix Tan said Wednesday the ongoing investigations tied the suspects to additional charges.

Police Chief Allwyn Brown left little doubt how he felt about the arrests of the alleged members of the gang known as Swerve Team. “This is a big deal,” Brown told reporters in announcing the arrests. “This highlights the changing nature of serious young offenders. How they operate…It (the investigation) has resulted in multiple arrests, the seizure of several crime guns and the closure of multiple serious crimes across two counties and 12 cities.”

Over the last 18 months, state, local and federal investigators have been collecting evidence on the gang members who have allegedly victimized residents all across Contra Costa and Alameda counties, police said.

The suspects are all from unincorporated North Richmond. An eight suspect, Cardell Waters, is still at large and the subject of an intense manhunt, police said.

The gang is allegedly implicated in the September 2016 killing of 18-year-old Otilio “Nico” Martinez in Richmond, “an innocent kid who was shot 50 times at close range. He had no gang affiliation,” Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

Hicks was accused in two other murders – that of 26-year-old Melvin James and 30-year-old Maxim Biswas – along with more than a dozen charges of attempted murder with offense dates going back a year.

All three murders were committed in Richmond, Brown said.

The criminal complaint implicated Hicks in murder 26-year-old Melvin James, 18-year-old Otilio Martinez and 30-year-old Maxim Biswas.

The investigation began with a home invasion robbery in Fremont last December that was captured on home security cameras. A detective recognized one of the armed robbers.

“He thought it was odd that someone from Richmond was committing a violent crime in Fremont,” Brown said.

Swerve Team gang members were also allegedly involved in the high-profile robbery last year that resulted in the non-fatal shooting of Orinda School Board Vice President Carol Brown.

Brown and her husband, 63-year-old Tom Spalding, were beaten and shot after they were jumped by two gunmen outside of their home after returning from a late night trip to the grocery store.

“These are some of the most egregious crimes we’ve seen in the Bay Area in quit some time,” FBI Special Assistant Bertram Fairries told reporters. “It’s not typical gang retaliation stuff. There are individual victims with no connection at all to them. They’re intent was to intimidate and scare.”

Chief Brown said the gang has been connected with crimes committed in Fremont, San Pablo, Pinole, Rodeo, Berkeley, Antioch, Pittsburg, Brentwood, Danville, Orinda, Livermore and Richmond.


Evacuations In Effect As Firefighters Battle Blazes Near Brentwood

BRENTWOOD (CBS SF) — Evacuations are still in effect for residents of about 50 homes in Contra Costa County south of Brentwood where vegetation fires were burning Saturday morning, a Cal Fire official said.

About 200 firefighters were battling three vegetation fires, according to Cal Fire Division Chief Jim Crawford. Two are contained, while firefighters had not yet contained a third, he said.

One of the fires, near Deer Valley Road, is contained, he said.

There are two other fires, both in the area of Marsh Creek Road, Crawford said. One of those fires is contained, while firefighters have not yet contained the other fire in this area, he said.

A total of about 240 acres in this rural area are affected, and there are no injuries, according to Crawford.

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Two Dead In Brentwood; Suspected Shooter In Custody

BRENTWOOD (CBS SF) — A late night altercation on a quiet Brentwood street Wednesday ended in a double homicide and a neighborhood resident in custody as the suspected shooter, authorities said. Brentwood police said they responded to a call about 11:14 p.m. in the 200 block of Birch Street. Arriving officers discovered two men suffering from gunshot wounds who were declared dead at the scene. While the investigation is in its early stages, police believe there was an altercation before the shooting and that the suspected shooter lives in the neighborhood. The suspected shooter was taken into custody and was cooperating with investigators. Police said the shooting was not random and there was no further threat to local residents. The neighborhood remained cordoned off early Thursday as police continued their investigation. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Brentwood police Detective Eric Huesman at (925) 809-7735.

School Apologizes After Banning Teen From Wearing Army Uniform During Graduation

BRENTWOOD (AP) — A California school superintendent is apologizing to an Army reservist who was not allowed to wear his uniform to his graduation ceremony. CBS San Francisco reports Liberty High School instructed student Harland Fletcher to wear a cap and gown over his Army uniform at Friday’s ceremony. The school allegedly told the student he could not participate in the ceremony if he did not follow the dress code, and Fletcher decided to sit it out. According the report, as a student who completed basic training, Fletcher had the right to wear his Army uniform at the graduation. Superintendent Eric Volta issued a statement on Saturday where he apologized Fletcher and his family for the error. Fletcher will pick up his diploma on Monday. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

School District Apologizes For Denying Graduate Right To Wear Army Uniform

BRENTWOOD (KPIX 5) — A senior at Liberty High in Brentwood wanted to show off his military pride at his graduation ceremony by wearing his army uniform, but school insisted he cover it up. That’s a violation of military uniform code. Harland Fletcher says the proudest achievement of his life was to wear his army dress blues. “I talked to my counselor the day before practice,” he said. But, when he showed up to bask in the pomp and circumstance — he was denied. “’No, you can’t walk in that’ and I asked ‘why’ and he said ‘that’s not the graduation uniform’,” says Fletcher, remembering the conversation. So Harley asked again. “They said they had an extra cap and gown and I said, ‘I’m sorry, i can’t do that. That’s defacing the uniform. That’s against the uniform policy.’” Says Fletcher. He told them he was not going to participate and walked away. According to the uniform code of Military Justice, covering a uniform could have made the 18-year-old subject to a court martial. So, instead of crossing the stage clutching his diploma before heading to Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Fletcher walked out. The Liberty Union High School District issued a statement to KPIX 5 Saturday, saying they were wrong and offering this apology:
“No slight was meant to Harland nor to the US Army. In fact with a little prior notification I’m sure Principal Walsh and the site administration would’ve come to this conclusion before the ceremony.”
“I honestly feel like you can apologize all you really want, but in the moment you should’ve already known,” says Fletcher. For him, the apology is not enough.

Suspect Shot By Brentwood Police Friday Night

BRENTWOOD (CBS SF) — Police shot a suspect Friday night in Brentwood, a police lieutenant said. The shooting occurred at 9:48 p.m. in the 500 block of Birchwood Road, according to Lt. Tim Herbert. Another suspect suffered injuries that were not gunshot wounds. Both suspects were taken to a hospital and both were still alive Saturday morning, according to Herbert. No police officers were injured. © Copyright 2017 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed