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Water Main Break Causes Large Sinkhole In Castro Valley

CASTRO VALLEY (KPIX 5) — A thoroughfare in Castro Valley was closed Wednesday morning after a water main break caused a sinkhole that trapped a vehicle, Alameda County fire officials said.

A 12-inch cast iron water main running under the street broke at some point early Wednesday, pumping out water and mud that overwhelmed the already full storm drains on Somerset Avenue. The break sent water pouring down towards houses on the Conrad Court cul-de-sac before crews could clear that drain.

Area resident Mark Crawford heard about the sinkhole from a friend.

“So I got a call from my friend on his way to work and he says, ‘Yeah, there’s a little mud puddle in front your house.’ I didn’t think much of it because of the storm, explained Crawford. And my wife looks out the window and she’s like ‘Oh my God! Come look at this! There’s water shooting like 3 feet up in the air!’ And then about 15 seconds later, here comes this SUV and plows right into the sinkhole.”

The county fire department wrote on Twitter at 8:43 a.m. about the closure of Somerset Avenue between Santa Maria Avenue and Redwood Road because of the main break.

The driver of the vehicle that got stuck in the sinkhole was able to safely exit with the help of firefighters, and the vehicle was removed by 9:25 a.m., fire officials said.

“Firefighters arrived at the scene just as she happen to get stuck in the sinkhole. They were able to assist her out of the vehicle and she was able to walk her son to school,” said Alameda County Fire Department spokesperson Aisha Knowles.

East Bay Municipal Utility District crews are working to fix the water main break, according to the fire department.

By around 11 a.m. Water was restored to most customers in the neighborhood with the exception of the homes right beside the break.

“These houses back here may not have utilities for a while depending on how much they have to clean out to get that fixed,” said Crawford.

East Bay MUD officials said that they were unsure if the storm had anything to do with the break. Crews said they expected to be working on finding the leak, fixing the pipe and refilling the hole for at least the rest of the day.

Shortly before 2:30 p.m., crews had cleared away the rocks and mud to expose there area where the break happened.

Workers will cut away the damaged section of the water main and insert a new segment of 12-inch pipe to replace it before refilling the whole and fixing the street. There is still no projected time for Somerset Avenue to reopen.

Body Found Under BART Train At Castro Valley Station

CASTRO VALLEY (CBS SF) — A search for a person reportedly on the BART tracks at the Castro Valley station Monday evening came to a gruesome end when a body was discovered under a train, authorities said.

The discovery triggered major delays in the Dublin/Pleasanton and Daly City directions.

BART sent out an initial alert at 6:24 p.m. saying trains were no longer stopping at the Castro Valley station reportedly because someone had been spotted on the tracks.

Police and firefighters searched the tracks and did not find anyone but later discovered the person under a train. The coroner has been called to the station to investigate the death.

By 8 p.m., BART officials said service had been restored to the Castro Valley station.

Medical Emergency Halts BART Service On Dublin-Pleasanton Line

(CBS SF) — Bay Area Rapid Transit service was halted Monday morning on the Dublin/Pleasanton line after a report of a major medical emergency.

Trains were stopped between Castro Valley and West Dublin/Pleasanton stations.

BART reported the incident just before 11:30 a.m. Monday. Video from Chopper 5 showed what appeared to be a body covered with a yellow tarp next to the tracks in between the stations along Interstate 580 in an area where there is no pedestrian access.

Details of the incident were not immediately available.


Small Earthquake Near Castro Valley Rattles East Bay

MENLO PARK (CBS SF) — A small earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 3.0 struck shortly before noon Sunday afternoon near Castro Valley, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The temblor was recorded about a mile northwest of Castro Valley at a depth of about 3.4 miles.

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A small earthquake struck Sunday near Castro Valley. (Source: USGS)

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Castro Valley Man Convicted Of Murdering Wife Sentenced To 25 Years To Life

DUBLIN (CBS SF) — A Castro Valley man was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in state prison for fatally shooting his wife at their home four years ago.

Feng Mi, 49, pleaded no contest to first-degree murder on March 22 for the death of his wife, 45-year-old Yunyi Zhang, who was found dead of gunshot wounds at their home in the 19000 block of Stanton Avenue in Castro Valley at about 4 p.m. on March 14, 2014.

Mi’s plea agreement called for him to receive a term of 25 years to life in state prison and Alameda County Superior Court Judge Paul Delucchi formally imposed that sentence at a hearing Thursday.

Mi and his wife have a daughter who’s now 18 and a son who’s now 12, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

Before Zhang was killed, deputies had been to the couple’s home multiple times to respond to reports of domestic violence involving Mi, sheriff’s officials said.

Mi, who surrendered to police at California State University East Bay in Hayward three days after his wife was found dead, had two guns registered under his name, according to the sheriff’s office.


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Dive Team, Firefighters On The Scene Of Vehicle Off Road In Castro Valley

CASTRO VALLEY (CBS SF) — A dive team and firefighters are responding to a report of a vehicle off the road in Castro Valley.

Alameda County fire officials received the report at 8:30 p.m., according to dispatchers.

Fire department spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said the California Highway Patrol and Alameda County sheriff’s office have dive teams on the scene as of 10:50 p.m.

No further information is available.

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Late Metallica Bassist Honored with ‘Cliff Burton Day’ in Alameda County

OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — A heavy metal hero is being celebrated in the Bay Area community where he grew up.

Supervisors in Alameda County named Feb. 10 Cliff Burton Day, in honor of the late bassist of Metallica who was born in Castro Valley.

Cliff Burton and James Hetfield

Metallica bassist Cliff Burton (left) performs next to James Hetfield. Burton died in a bus accident in 1986. (Pete Cronin via Getty Images)

Burton was 24 when he was killed in a bus accident in 1986. He would’ve turned 56 on Saturday.

The designation came after Metallica fan Robert Souza started an online petition to get officials to recognize Burton. It got 5,600 signatures.

Burton’s 93-year-old father, Ray, told supervisors that his son would’ve had a huge smile on his face about receiving the proclamation.

Burton played on Metallica’s first three albums. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Metallica in 2009.

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Video Captures Assault On East Bay Cyclist

CASTRO VALLEY (CBS SF) – A woman cycling on Dublin Canyon Road in Castro Valley has captured the moment when a young man, hanging out of a passing car’s window, fires a tennis ball in her direction.

You can hear the cyclist’s scream as the ball strikes her.

“It’s bad when it’s an accident, but when it’s intentional it’s really sad,” said Chris Padavana of Eden Bicycles.

Fortunately, her injuries were minor but avid cyclists tell KPIX 5 that his kind of aggressive behavior is becoming more common.

Chris Cover said the rider struck is a close friend. She lives in the area and wants to remain anonymous, but hopes the video will raise the public’s awareness of the growing aggression toward cyclists on East Bay roadways.

“Some people may feel we are in the way, the road is theirs, when really the road is for everyone,” Cover said. “When a car comes close, it’s nerve racking, even when you’re not hit – that’s why the law is 3 feet.”

However, the law was not enough to protect cyclists in Danville over the weekend.

Authorities said 83-year-old Daniel Brennan from San Ramon was involved in two separate weekend hit-and-run accident in less an hour that injured three cyclists – two of them seriously.

“We can’t conclusively say what the cause of the collision was and won’t probably know for several weeks but so far there doesn’t appear there was any malicious intent on the part of the driver,” Danville Police Chief Allan Shields said.

Still, Brennan was arrested late Tuesday night.

“There’s always tensions on the roadway,” Shields said. “What we encourage people to do is show a little patience, and a lot of respect for fellow motorists and cyclists.”

So far, there have been no arrests made in the tennis ball incident.

Passenger Injured In Freeway Shooting On I-580 In Castro Valley


CASTRO VALLEY (KCBS) – One person was injured in a shooting on Interstate 580 in Castro Valley on Tuesday night.

Officer Dan Jacowitz of the California Highway Patrol told KCBS that the shooting was first reported around 9:00 p.m. A witness saw someone fire shots from a black sedan into a Nissan between Redwood Road and Strobridge Avenue.

CHP officers arrived at the scene, but found no victims, no suspect, and no other evidence. Two hours later a gunshot victim showed up at a hospital, Jacowitz said.

“About 11 p.m. yesterday evening, a 21-year-old male who ended up being a passenger in the Nissan sedan, checked into an emergency room in Oakland with a gunshot wound,” the officer told KCBS.

The victim had been treated and released from the hospital.

When the CHP found the Nissan, it had struck by gunfire several times.

Jacowitz said they are still trying to determine what provoked the shooting.