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Pit bull attacks, kills woman's pet dog on Blackhawk street
Plus, other Tuesday news from Bay City News reports
|A woman whose small dog was attacked and killed by a pit bull as she walked it on a quiet cul-de-sac in a gated community in Blackhawk said Tuesday that she hoped the owner of the pit bull would take responsibility for what happened and come forward.
Linda Zercoe, who lives on Holly Oak Drive in the Hidden Oaks subdivision in unincorporated Contra Costa County said she had just returned from a trip Thursday evening and decided to take her two papillon dogs, Indigo and Sienna, for a walk shortly after 6 p.m.
She walked the two 7-pound dogs on their leashes to the end of Holly Oak Drive and was rounding the curve in the cul-de-sac when she saw a large white pit bull coming toward them.
"Within a second it started charging at us," Zercoe said.
She saw that the dog was dragging a heavy chain behind it and she pulled her dogs to the middle of the street thinking the chain would stop the pit bull.
"To my horror, it didn't," Zercoe said. "The dog just kept coming."
Then she saw that the chain was not attached to anything at the other end.
"This dog was like a torpedo, it was armed to kill," Zercoe said.
It grabbed Sienna by the back haunches and "shook her back and forth like a rag doll," Zercoe said.
She said she was screaming hysterically, but there was nothing she could do. Moments later, a man came running out of the house the dog had come from. He grabbed the dog's chain and pulled so hard the dog went up onto its hind legs, started to choke and dropped Sienna, Zercoe said.
Sienna, still alive, ran screaming and yelping up the street toward home. Zercoe ran after her. When she got to her, she held the terrified animal as it bled all over her.
A neighbor drove them to an emergency veterinarian, but Sienna was too badly hurt and had to be euthanized.
"I want that dog found, and I want the owner to step up to the plate and take responsibility," Zercoe said.
Here's a round-up of other Tuesday news reports from around the Bay provided by the Bay City News bureau.
Campus police arrested a 17-year-old suspect who allegedly spied
on at least two women in showers at University of California at Berkeley
residence halls last week, a police spokesman said.
The male teenager was arrested after a woman reported the fifth
Peeping Tom case since February to campus police on April 18, Lt. Alex Yao
The woman was taking a shower in the second-floor co-ed bathrooms
in Beverly Cleary Hall at about 1:15 a.m. when she noticed a male teenager
poking his head out from a third stall, Yao said. There was another woman
showering in a separate stall at the time, he said.
The first woman left the showers quickly and immediately reported
it to police, Yao said.
Police arrived at the scene shortly afterward and arrested the
juvenile, who is not affiliated with the university and was the guest of a
Beverly Cleary Hall resident, he said.
Officers suspect the teen might be the suspect in a case that
happened about an hour earlier, at about 12:20 a.m., in a nearby residence
hall, Yao said.
Another female student was showering on the third floor of Deustch
Hall when she saw a male teenager's head poking above the partition, Yao
said. She screamed, and the suspect ran away, he said.
The victim described the suspect as a male with spiky black hair,
Police are not ruling out that two separate suspects may be
involved in these crimes but are questioning the teen because they occurred
within an hour and within two blocks, Yao said.
The other three Peeping Tom cases happened in Building 12 on the
university's residential Clark Kerr campus, he said.
These cases, which happened on Feb. 5, March 15 and March 29, also
involved showering female students, Yao said. The victims all described
seeing a male suspect who was holding a phone or device that was believed to
be capturing photos or videos of the students, he said.
San Francisco residents hoping for an upgrade to AT&T's network in
the city will have to wait a little while longer.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors delayed Tuesday a decision
that is vital to the company's plan to upgrade its its Internet, cable and
landline phone service in the city.
The board agreed to delay for four weeks a decision on whether to
require AT&T to undergo an environmental review process for its proposal to
install up to 726 boxes around the city to house its "Lightspeed" high-speed
data transmission technology.
San Francisco's Planning Department in February gave the project
an exemption from the usually lengthy environmental review process required
by the California Environmental Quality Act, saying the upgrades did not have
significant enough of an impact to require the review.
But opponents appealed the exemption to the board, saying the
4-foot-tall boxes would impede pedestrian traffic, inconvenience property
owners, and reduce the aesthetic appeal of the city.
At the start of a nearly five-hour hearing on the issue at
Tuesday's board meeting, Susan Brandt-Hawley, the attorney representing the
two groups appealing the plan -- San Francisco Beautiful and the Planning
Association of the Richmond -- said the cumulative impact of the hundreds of
boxes was enough to warrant the environmental review.
"If it was one or two or 10, that would be different,"
Brandt-Hawley said. "You have to look at it all together."
Lisa Gibson, of the city's Planning Department, said the
department was sticking with its conclusion that the project simply did not
have a significant impact, comparing it to the installation of newspaper
AT&T regional vice president Marc Blakeman said the company agreed
with that determination, and pointed out that it will have to get a permit
from the city's Department of Public Works for each individual box, which can
be appealed by residents in that neighborhood.
"At the end of the day, if the neighborhood doesn't want it, we'll
move on," Blakeman said. "We don't want to irritate our potential customers."
About 20 people were voluntarily decontaminated following an
explosion at the Agilent Technologies facility in Santa Rosa Tuesday morning
that left three people injured and prompted the evacuation of about 100
employees, a company spokesman said.
The 20 employees who opted to receive the decontamination
procedure complained of a scratchy throat or feeling a out of sorts after the
explosion happened at about 10:30 a.m. in Building One at the facility,
located at 1400 Fountaingrove Parkway, Agilent spokesman Jeff Weber said.
"It's like taking a shower. You take your clothes off, and get a
new set of clothes," Weber said.
All of the employees who were evacuated were asked to stay at the
facility for a period of time as a precautionary measure to determine if they
had suffered any effects from the explosion, Weber said.
The explosion happened in the ground-floor laboratory, in an area
where integrated circuits are made using molecular beam epitaxy, which is a
method of depositing a crystalline film and takes place in a vacuum.
Two employees were injured -- a man who was taken to Santa Rosa
Memorial Hospital with critical injuries and a woman with minor injuries who
was later taken by private car to Kaiser Hospital, Weber said.
The man was cleaning a machine when there was a chemical flash,
Weber said. Generally the job would involve wearing a protective body suit,
but Weber did not know whether the man was wearing one Tuesday morning.
The man transported to University of California, Davis Medical
Center in Sacramento Tuesday afternoon.
The woman, a contract employee from Volt, was injured when
something fell and hit her on the head outside of the laboratory, he said.
A Santa Rosa firefighter who was one of the first to respond to
the incident was also injured and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital,
Fire Inspector Marita Petersen said. His condition was unknown.
The Oakland City Attorney's Office, which has filed lawsuits
against two gangs in the city, still plans to file a lawsuit against a third
gang at some point in the near future, a spokesman said Tuesday.
However, spokesman Alex Katz said a final decision on filing a
third suit will not be made until after the completion of litigation over the
city's current bid to get an injunction that would bar 40 alleged Nortenos
gang members from hanging out with one another, loitering and possessing guns
in a 450-block area in the largely Hispanic Fruitvale district.
The proposed injunction also would impose a curfew between 10 p.m.
and 5 a.m., among other restrictions.
The first phase of that litigation is expected to end in early
May, when Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman will rule on a
possible injunction against a small group of alleged Nortenos members.
However, the litigation could drag on for many months because
Freedman will allow all of the reputed gang members to testify.
Katz said the city's plan to file a lawsuit against an
unidentified gang in East Oakland has not changed, but the city only has
enough resources to pursue one injunction at a time.
City Attorney John Russo filed his first gang injunction suit,
which was against the North Side Oakland gang, on Feb. 18, 2010.
Russo and Police Chief Anthony Batts said at the time that they
planned to seek injunctions against gangs in other parts of Oakland in the
Freedman issued an injunction against 15 members of the North Side
Oakland gang last June.
Russo filed his second injunction bid, against reputed Nortenos
gang members, last Oct. 13 but the case has dragged on longer than he had
hoped and Freedman has held numerous hearings on the matter.
Opponents claim the proposed injunction against alleged Nortenos
members is overly broad and would result in racial profiling of young Latino
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Tuesday moved one step
closer to resubmitting the county's Midcoast Local Coastal Program Update to
the California Coastal Commission.
The document, which began development through a series of
community scoping meetings more than 10 years ago, will update county
ordinances regulating land use, water rights and zoning designations in the
unincorporated Midcoast communities of El Granada, Miramar, Moss Beach,
Montara and Princeton-by-the-Sea, interim Deputy Director of Planning Steve
A prior version of the document was approved by the board and sent
to the Coastal Commission in 2006. It was denied certification in December
2009, Monowitz said.
The Coastal Commission sent the document back to the board with 72
suggested modifications to be incorporated before the agency would reconsider
certifying the document, which contains more than 100 pages of revisions to
The board has until June 10 to resubmit a revised program update,
At a meeting on Nov. 30, 2010, the board held a public hearing on
a newer version of the update, which was reviewed again Tuesday.
"I think it's a really important document," Supervisor Don Horsley
said. "I think it's important for the future of coast."
More than a half-dozen speakers showed up at Tuesday's meeting to
speak on the issue of private wells, which the Coastal Commission suggested
prohibiting in the Midcoast area until the county was able to develop a
groundwater management plan, which could take up to five years.
Private well hookups are necessary to develop properties that are
not able to connect with municipal water supplies, and prohibiting private
wells could create an unintended moratorium on coastside development within
the Midcoast area, Monowitz said.
The board voted Tuesday to review final changes to the document --
including zoning recommendations along the state Highway 1 bypass north of
Montara and growth limits on new development -- before adopting the document
at a May 24 meeting and resubmitting it to the Coastal Commission.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors went on record Tuesday
opposing a federal proposal to restrict parts of the Golden Gate National
Recreation Area where dogs can go without a leash.
The board voted 10-1 in favor of a resolution stating opposition
to the National Park Service's plan to reduce the size of off-leash areas for
dogs at 21 different locations within the recreation area, including Fort
Funston, Crissy Field and Ocean Beach.
The park service has said the proposal is necessary due to visitor
conflicts with dogs and the degradation of park resources by the pets.
Supervisor Scott Wiener, who had introduced the resolution and
held a hearing on the issue at the board's Land Use and Economic Development
committee meeting earlier this month, said Tuesday that the park service's
plan "has gone too far" and would negatively affect city parks.
Sean Elsbernd, the lone supervisor to vote against the resolution,
said it could harm San Francisco's partnership with the park service,
particularly in the planning of the America's Cup sailing races in the coming
years since much of the activity surrounding the races will take place on
federal land along the city's coastline.
Elsbernd proposed an amendment to the resolution to strike a more
conciliatory tone with the park service, saying "we need a collaborative
effort to find a solution" to the issues the city has with the plan.
Although aspects of Elsbernd's amendment were adopted into the
resolution, the amendment itself was rejected by the board.
"You can be very collaborative ... and still say what they're
doing is wrong," Wiener said. "We're all grownups, everyone's going to
continue to work well together after today."
Even though the resolution is toothless because the board does not
have jurisdiction over the park service, Wiener said that since it was
introduced, the federal agency has been more willing to come to the table to
discuss the proposal with city officials, including the mayor's office and
Recreation and Park Department.
The public comment period for the off-leash plan ends May 30.
A 24-year-old man was fatally injured at a residential care
facility where he lived in San Jose after he and a 28-year-old male resident
were involved in a confrontation Tuesday evening, a police spokesman said.
Officers received a call at 7:31 p.m. alerting them to the
homicide at the facility in a converted home in the 1800 block of St. Andrews
Place, Officer Jose Garcia said.
Although as of 9:45 p.m. police were not yet sure of the motive
for the murder, Garcia said that the men both resided at the facility and
knew one another.
"It's not a random thing," Garcia said.
Early in their investigation, police learned that there might have
been some sort of confrontation or dispute earlier in the day between the men
that led to the fatal interaction, he said.
As of 9:45 p.m., police were awaiting the arrival of an
investigator from the San Mateo County coroner's office, who is legally
authorized to examine the body for signs of trauma.
Garcia said that officers could not determine if the man had been
stabbed and that there was no blood near the body. Residents told police that
they did not hear gunshots around the time of the altercation.
The suspect is under arrest but has not been booked on any
charges, and his name has not yet been released.
Hospital officials in San Francisco are trying to identify a
patient who was admitted two weeks ago in critical condition after being
found unconscious on a Bernal Heights street.
The unidentified man, who arrived at San Francisco General
Hospital on April 11 after being located on Richland Avenue not far from San
Jose Avenue at 4 p.m. that day, is now in fair condition, hospital
spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said.
Although hospital officials had hoped to identify the man with his
help once he became conscious a couple of days ago, "the normal processes of
identifying him were not successful," Kagan said.
The patient, a Latino man in his 40s who has short black hair and
brown eyes, has not been able to tell hospital workers his name, Kagan said.
He is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 150 lbs.
Hospital officials are asking anyone who may know who the patient
is to contact the hospital at (415) 206-8000.
Oakland police Tuesday identified the two men who were fatally
shot at a restaurant near Jack London Square early Monday as 27-year-old
William Jenkins, of Oakland, and 22-year-old Adam Williams, of San Leandro.
Two other men who were shot in the incident at Sweet Jimmie's at
311 Broadway at 12:42 a.m. Monday are still in critical condition, according
to Oakland police spokeswoman Cynthia Perkins.
Two women were hit by gunfire but their injuries are
non-life-threatening and they are no longer receiving treatment, Perkins
Perkins said the four suspects in the shooting are still at large.
Investigators described the suspects as four black males in their
late teens or early 20s. The suspects were in a four-door, white Dodge
Avenger, police said.
Perkins said police have received "a lot of calls" about the
shooting but have not yet determined a motive.
Williams worked at an after-school program at Peralta Elementary
School in Oakland, according to Sean Nassari, whose daughter is a second
grade student at the school.
Nassari described Williams as "just a wonderfully sweet young man
who was always smiling and ready with a greeting."
He said Williams' death is "a big loss to our family" at the
school because Williams attended Peralta when he was a youth, his father
worked there as a custodian and his mother still works there as an aide and
Nassari said Williams had worked for several years at the
after-school program at Peralta, which is called Peralta's Enriching and
Creative Environment, or PEACE.
Among the program's activities are painting, hip hop dance,
cooking, chess, gardening, drama and outdoor games.
The San Carlos City Council voted unanimously Monday night to
begin negotiations with Redwood City to create a hybrid fire department as a
cost-saving measure to reduce the city's $3.5 million budget deficit.
The 5-0 vote came after dozens of people spoke out against the
city's other options - outsourcing services to a private company or
contracting entirely with Redwood City, Councilman Bob Grassilli said.
The new model would allow San Carlos to retain its firefighters
while management would be provided by Redwood City. The Belmont-San Carlos
Fire Department will dissolve on Oct. 12, Grassilli said.
The City Council also voted 3-2 to invite back Wackenhut Services,
Inc., the private company considered for hire, if the talks with Redwood City
fail, Grassilli said.
Monday's decision came after about nine hours of negotiations to
save the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department failed Friday. The long-standing
partnership was broken up by disagreements over the cost-sharing formula
between the two cities, Grassilli said.
San Carlos would save an estimated $1.5 million annually by
changing to the hybrid model, he said.
The city has already saved about $2.5 million annually by deciding
to outsource police services to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and
parks and recreation maintenance to a private company, Grassilli said.
The Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department was established in 1979 as
one of the first fire partnerships in the region, said Grassilli, who fought
to save the joint enterprise earlier this year.
Grassilli is optimistic about the hybrid approach with Redwood
City but warned against overestimating the cost savings to the city.
"The devil is in the details. We'll know more after these
negotiations," he said.
A man who was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a
26-year-old man inside his house in Antioch on Monday night has been
identified as 30-year-old Kevin Gunning, police Sgt. Steve Bias said Tuesday.
Gunning's ex-girlfriend, who lived with the victim and the
victim's stepfather in the 2200 block of Pinenut Way, called police at about
She told dispatchers that she had escaped from the house when
Gunning showed up and got into an argument with the victim and other
residents of the house, police said.
She said she then heard gunshots being fired inside the house and
saw her ex-boyfriend flee on foot, police said.
When officers arrived, they found the victim dead from multiple
gunshot wounds. Investigators were waiting to release his name until his
family had been notified of his death.
Gunning was arrested shortly after 12:30 a.m. at a separate
location in Antioch.
He remained in county jail Tuesday afternoon in lieu of $1.4
Bias said investigators have information that Gunning, who may
have also lived in the house at one time, had been in a minor altercation
about a month ago, but it was too soon to say whether that dispute led to the
Police also noted that the victim and Gunning's ex-girlfriend were
not romantically involved. Bias said it is not clear how many people lived at
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Antioch
police Detective Castillo at (925) 779-6933.
The San Francisco Bay Area is expected to be partly cloudy this
morning, with more clouds moving in by the afternoon hours. Highs in the 60s
are also anticipated, accompanied by west winds from 5 to 15 mph.
Cloudy skies are expected to continue through tonight, with lows
in the upper 40s and west winds from 5 to 15 mph also forecast.
On Thursday, the Bay Area is expected to be sunny, with highs in
the 60s and west winds from about 10 to 20 mph also anticipated.
Patricia Decker, Bay City News
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Posted by J Flack, a resident of the Stoneridge Park neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 10:12 am
Most of this article is about peeping toms in Berkeley and office accidents in Silicon Valley....
How about keeping the Pleasanton weekly to articles about things in the Tri-Valley or specifically Pleasantion area.
Posted by rdr, a resident of the Kottinger Ranch neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 11:06 am
This breed of dog should be euthanized. There is no point in allowing the breed to continue. Their owners should be ashamed of themselves.
Posted by agree with rdr, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 11:14 am
Dog owners, all of them, are the most entitled bunch of people I have even seen.
Posted by agree with rdr, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 11:14 am
Dog owners, all of them, are the most entitled bunch of people I have even seen.
Posted by Avid Driver, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm
Right...because Pits are inherently evil and vicious...they should all be put to death...this is sarcasm by the way...if you have yet to catch on.
Sadly another dog that will be put to death, because it's moronic owner failed to properly train and nurture it. Which is obvious since said moron felt compelled to restrain it with a huge chain.
There are responsible dog owners who are also animal lovers. There are also dog owners who are simply idiots. If you could remove the idiots from society...so many problems would disappear with them.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm
Well, yeah, I do think that pit bulls are inherently vicious. After all, they were deliberately bred that way, weren't they? But I agree that the ultimate responsibility lies with the people who bred them to be like that and the people who decide to have such inherently vicious dogs around as pets.
Posted by rdr, a resident of the Kottinger Ranch neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm
I wouldn't have a problem if the breed of dog just disappeared. Who would be harmed anyway? We would likely save many lives. The responsibility lies with society to end this breed. Shame on anyone who breeds these dogs. If this offends you, you need to take a long hard look in the mirror. If this offends you, then it should. I mean offence.
Posted by Jennifer, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm
The prejudice against an entire breed of dogs on here is disgusting. Please educate yourselves: www.badrap.org
Posted by Janna, a resident of Dublin, on Apr 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm
Janna is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
It's just simple-minded thinking, kill someone or something you think is dangerous and all will be well.
Posted by I love my pit, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm
This is disgusting. Especially how the article mentions the pit breed but not the "small dog" breed. If it is one of those stupid fluffy yappy dogs it probably provoked the "larger dog". Not making excuses because this is a sad situation, but please this is such a biased article.
I agree--educate yourself about the breed. The OWNERS make a dog aggressive, not the breed.
I love my pit mix and shame on people that say we should get rid of the breed. How would you like it if people said we should just get rid of bratty kids? Aren't those the product of the parents, not the breed?
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Jennifer said:"The prejudice against an entire breed of dogs on here is disgusting. Please educate yourselves: www.badrap.org"
This particular breed of dog is featured all too prominently in all too many news stories about this breed attacking men, women, children, and other dogs. I have all the information I need. I HATE pit bulls. If it makes you feel any better, though, I hate pit bull owners even more.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm
"I love" said:"This is disgusting. Especially how the article mentions the pit breed but not the "small dog" breed. If it is one of those stupid fluffy yappy dogs it probably provoked the "larger dog". Not making excuses because this is a sad situation, but please this is such a biased article."
Well, actually, you just did make an excuse. You said, and I quote, " If it is one of those stupid fluffy yappy dogs it probably provoked the "larger dog"." is that an excuse for the pit bull's behavior? Yeah, sure enough, that's an excuse all right.
Posted by rdr, a resident of the Kottinger Ranch neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm
We don't have to kill all the existing dogs. At the very least we should prevent them from breeding. We should require that. What could possibly be the harm in doing that? This isn't a species, it is a breed.
You say, "kill someone or something you think is dangerous and all will be well". We've pretty nearly done that with the smallpox virus, and things are looking pretty good there, don't you think?
Posted by Jennifer, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:06 am
Sam, that's great. Love that you admitted that you get all your information about a breed from a 24 hour news cycle and don't want to have the actual facts.
Rdr- obviously the breed isn't inherently dangerous like smallpox. That should go without saying. A few bad apples are in every breed - come to our dog training class and watch the boston terrier attack the other dogs each class. Then maybe you can tell me that boston's shouldn't be bred anymore either.
Posted by I love my pit, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm
I wasn't there so obviously I don't know if it was a yappy dog. Its not an excuse, it is a possible scenario.
You sound pretty ignorant Sam.
Posted by rdr, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm
"come to our dog training class and watch the boston terrier attack the other dogs each class."
I'm sure you know that one example proves nothing. Of course there are bad apples in any breed. But pit bulls were bred for aggression. They were bred for an inclination to attack other animals. Statistically they are much more likely to attack.
What is the point in continuing to breed them? Why do it? It would be good for society if we reduced the number of pit bulls, or eliminated them entirely.
Posted by Wow, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on May 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm
To the person who hates Pit-bull owners more than Pit-bulls, no worries we hate you too. I love my pit and he is the sweetest dog. I think we should just kill all the little rat dogs out there. Small dogs are Useless Animals, good for nothing but making slippers!!!!!!
Posted by Laury, a resident of the Laguna Vista neighborhood, on Jan 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm
So many very sad comments here. My Canine Good Citizen Chihuahua was attacked and killed by a German Shepherd that yanked the leash out of the hands of the owner. My dog was the sweetest, most calm, non-barking dog. He would look straight ahead, ignoring other dogs on our strolls. He was not near the Shepherd, but that dog ran full speed to kill him. In the past, I fostered a very sweet Shar Pei mix who was in training to curb his prey instinct and obey commands. I was aware that he could easily kill an innocent dog or cat, so I knew I could not keep him. The Shar Pei's adoptive people were continuing the training and I hope they have controlled him to prevent traumatizing an innocent family.