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Errant bullet kills woman in Oakland

OAKLAND — A 44-year-old woman died early Monday after she was hit by a stray bullet as she walked to her car in East Oakland, authorities said. Her name was not released.  Authorities said she lived in another part of Oakland. The shooting happened about 12:53 a.m. Monday in the 2100 block of East 22nd Street. Police said the woman and another person had just left a home in the area and were walking to their car when she was shot.  She was taken to a hospital where she died at 1:25 a.m. No one else was hurt. Authorities said it appears there had been a dispute in the area involving other people that had nothing to do with the woman or the person she was with.  It was during that dispute that shots were fired and an errant bullet hit the woman, authorities said.  No other victims were found. Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the shooter.  Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or 510-238-7950 or Crime…

Officials: Some deaths, 34 missing in California boat fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some people have died and rescuers were searching for 34 more Monday morning after a fire broke out aboard a dive boat off the Southern California Coast. Capt. Brian McGrath of the Ventura County Fire Department confirmed some deaths to The Daily Beast but said he could not give an exact number. Five crewmembers sleeping on the top deck of the 75-foot (20-meter) commercial scuba diving vessel were rescued, according to Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kroll of the U.S. Coast Guard. But he said 34 passengers who were sleeping below deck have not been accounted for. One of the crew suffered minor injuries. The Coast Guard has helicopters, small boats and a patrol cutter in the area for a search-and-rescue operation off of Santa Cruz Island, about 90 miles (140 kilometers) from Los Angeles. The Ventura County Fire Department said on Twitter that it responded to the fire around 3:30 a.m. A photo tweeted by the department showing a boat engulfed in flames. It’s not clear how many people were on the boat, but the Coast Guard earlier said that more than…

Bay Area’s oldest black motorcycle club celebrates 60 years in Oakland

OAKLAND — Willie Harper still remembers the first time he saw the East Bay Dragons — then an emerging motorcycle club — roll through the streets of West Oakland. It was around 1960. Four Dragons rode by on matching black-framed Harley Davidson choppers — so called because they had been stripped of any unnecessary parts, brought down to the bare frame with only the tank, headlight and motor. The bikes’ shiny chrome finish stood out against bright paint, each a different color. The men riding them had on polished boots and Levi jackets, blue jean pants and matching striped motorcycle helmets, Harper said. “They were all sharp, real clean looking,” Harper remembers. “Only white boys had those types of bikes back then, and not in a motorcycle set. It was really powerful.” An East Bay Dragons motorcycle club member known as “Slow Motion” arrives at the East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. The club is turning 60 this weekend at the same and only location it was founded in East Oakland in 1959. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) …

Football rankings: Week 3 Bay Area Preps HQ Top 25

McClymonds and Clayton Valley Charter have moved into the Top 10 in the latest Bay Area Preps HQ rankings. Pittsburg and St. Francis have fallen out. McClymonds went on the road Saturday and beat previous No. 13 Marin Catholic 19-7, a victory that moved the Oakland power from No. 11 to No. 8 in the rankings. Clayton Valley beat Turlock 21-7 on Friday, an outcome the bumped the Ugly Eagles from No. 12 to No. 10. St. Ignatius and Los Gatos are newcomers to the Top 25, with Palo Alto and Burlingame sliding out. SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFER If you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. Votes are cast by Bay Area Preps HQ’s Darren Sabedra, Vytas Mazeika, Phil Jensen, Mike Lefkow and Matt Schwab, with first-place votes worth 25…

Important Martinez wildlife area is close to salvation

DEAR JOAN: I have great news regarding the “Campaign To Save Almond Ranch,” a stunning 281-acre property in Martinez that has been a top priority of conservationists for decades. On Aug. 28, the California Wildlife Conservation Board unanimously approved a major grant of $2 million. This puts John Muir Land Trust at $3.75 million toward the $4 million we need to raise by the end of this year. I cannot overstate how much the grant affirms the importance of preserving Almond Ranch and keeping intact the vital wildlife corridor along Franklin Ridge, a haven for local species including federally listed ones. Many of your readers have generously donated to protect this property, and they will be as thrilled as I am that we have just $250,000 to go. Saving Almond Ranch will be a big win for all residents of California, especially those who make these wild acres their homes. Linus Eukel, Executive Director, John Muir Land Trust DEAR LINUS: That is fantastic news and after all the money that’s been raised, that $250,000 goal is tantalizingly close. I know there still is work to be done, however,…

34 Unaccounted For In Charter Boat Fire Off Ventura Co. Coast; Officials Confirm Fatalities

VENTURA (CBSLA) – Five people were rescued and 34 more are missing after a fire broke out on a charter boat early Monday morning near Santa Cruz Island, off the Ventura County coastline. Authorities confirm there are fatalities, although the exact number is unknown. A charter dive boat burns near Santa Cruz Island, off the coast of Ventura County. Sept. 2, 2019. (Ventura County Fire Department) Just before 3:30 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard and Ventura County Fire Department crews responded to a report that a 75-foot-long charter dive boat called “Inception” was ablaze on the north side of Santa Cruz Island, which is located about 30 miles west of the city of Ventura. Five people were rescued, Ventura County Fire Capt. Brian McGrath told CBS2, while 34 remain unaccounted for. There are fatalities, although the exact number is unknown, McGrath disclosed. The Coast Guard reported the boat’s crew members were rescued and “efforts were underway to evacuate remaining passengers.” The Coast Guard was checking to see if any survivors had jumped off the boat or made it to the rocks. Crews were still fighting…

Numbers that matter — a look at Raiders 53-man roster

ALAMEDA — Breaking down the Raiders’ 53-man roster as it stands Monday morning by the numbers: 0 Number of people who forecast safety Dallin Leavitt on initial 53-man roster Comment: OK, maybe somebody had it right, but I haven’t seen it yet. After listening to Mike Mayock, sounds like he’s sticking, too because of the chip on his shoulder and special teams prowess. 1 Number of new linebackers: Vontaze Burfict Comment: Tahir Whitehead, Nicholas Morrow and Marquel Lee all return. 2 Number of players who open the season on suspension: Richie Incognito (2 games), Nevin Lawson (4 games). Comment: Incognito will step in and start upon return at left guard. It will be wait and see on Lawson. 4 Number of linebackers on roster: Tahir Whitehead, Vontaze Burfict, Nicholas Morrow, Marquel Lee. Comment: May change, may not. Mayock is right — in the age of spread formations and extra receivers, no need for more than five and four can work. 4 Number of quarterbacks: Derek Carr, Mike Glennon, Nathan Peterman, DeShone Kizer. Comment: Number will reduce by one and soon. Count on it, and expect…

Crews Responding to Fiery Boat Incident Near Santa Cruz Island; Officials Release Conflicting Details on Casualties

Ventura County and U.S. Coast Guard officials released conflicting details on a fiery boat incident near Santa Cruz Island early Monday. The Ventura County Fire Department told KTLA 34 people died, but U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Aidan Cooney said he could not confirm that. The two agencies are handling the incident. Aidan said five have been taken to a hospital and 34 people were aboard the boat. In an earlier tweet, at 5:43 a.m., the Coast Guard said “a group of crew members has been rescued (one with minor injuries) and efforts continue to evacuate the remaining passengers.” The Coast Guard described the vessel as a 75-foot dive boat. The Fire Department released images from the scene showing the boat engulfed in flames. KTLA’s Alberto Mendez contributed to this report. 

34 Unaccounted For In Boat Fire Off Ventura Co. Coast; Officials Confirm Fatalities

VENTURA (CBSLA) – Five people were rescued and 34 more are missing after a fire broke out on a boat early Monday morning near Santa Cruz Island, off the Ventura County coastline. Authorities confirm there are fatalities, although the exact number is unknown. A boat burns near Santa Cruz Island. Sept. 2, 2019. (Ventura County Fire Department) Just before 3:30 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard and Ventura County Fire Department crews responded to a report that a 75-foot dive boat was ablaze on the north side of Santa Cruz Island, which is located about 30 miles west of the city of Ventura. Five people were rescued,Ventura County Fire Capt. Brian McGrath told CBS2, while 34 remain unaccounted for. There are fatalities, although the exact number is unknown, McGrath said. The Coast Guard was checking to see if any survivors had jumped off the boat or made it to the rocks. Crews were still fighting flames on the boat as of 6:30 a.m., the fire department said. The Coast Guard reported on Twitter that crew members had been rescued, one of whom had minor injuries, and…

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