Monday Midday News Roundup

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A 70-year-old woman who died in a collision with a Berkeley city vehicle on Friday afternoon was identified today by the Alameda County coroner's bureau as Shelley Rideout.

The collision was reported to the California Highway Patrol at 1:21 p.m. at Channing Way and Fulton Street near the University of California at Berkeley campus, CHP Officer Matthew Hamer said.

A city employee was driving a sedan, which struck Rideout who was crossing the street in a crosswalk. Rideout was pronounced dead at 1:31 p.m.

According to Hamer, witnesses told investigators that the vehicle was going at about 15 mph. The driver of the vehicle is cooperating with investigators.

Rideout was a volunteer at the Berkeley Historical Society, according to a Facebook post Saturday by the group.

"We are deeply shocked and saddened by the accidental death yesterday of Shelley Rideout, the longtime and invaluable Berkeley Historical Society volunteer who coordinated the current exhibit, 'Soundtrack to the 60s.'"

The historical society is accepting donations in her memory.

A San Jose high school tennis coach is missing and presumed dead after a skydiving accident last week in New Zealand, police and high school officials said.

Tyler Nii appears to have died last Wednesday after he plunged into Lake Wakatipu in the South Island of the country.

Nii, 27, was a tennis coach at Archbishop Mitty High School, according to a Facebook post Friday by the school's department of athletics.

"Tyler Nii, beloved coach of our men's and women's tennis programs passed away this week in a tragic accident," the post said. "All of us: players, coaches, friends and colleagues are saddened by this loss."

New Zealand police said they were alerted at 1:42 p.m. local time after two male skydivers landed in the lake near Jack's Point.

One skydiver was recovered from the water and was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

On Wednesday afternoon a search was underway for Nii. A water and air search was coordinated by the Coast Guard but was suspended at about 4:40 p.m. Up to 12 vessels had searched for Nii.

On Thursday morning, police were deciding whether to use sonar to find Nii's body.

Police said Nii was a client taking part in a tandem jump. The other person in the dive was a jumpmaster from NZONE Skydive, a skydiving company.

This morning, police said the National Dive Squad had arrived in Queenstown and was setting up sonar equipment to search the lake.

Police said the setup was expected to take most of the day and a decision on whether to deploy sonar would be made later in the day.

Police Inspector Olaf Jensen, the area commander Otago Lakes-Central Area, said, "The operation is a very complex one given the depth of Lake Wakatipu."

But Jensen added, "The search team is committed to finding Tyler and our thoughts are with his family at this time."

A Rohnert Park public safety officer shot and injured a suspect late Sunday night, according to public safety officials.

At 10:40 p.m., officers with the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety heard several gunshots fired in front of the department's main station on City Center Drive.

Officers went outside to investigate and found a male suspect holding a firearm and asking to be shot by police, public safety officials said.

While a crisis negotiator responded to the scene, officers kept communicating with the suspect, who repeatedly told the officers to kill him, public safety officials said.

After about an hour, the suspect started advancing on the officers, who in turn moved away in order to continue their conversation with him.

According to public safety officials, the suspect ignored commands to drop his weapon and began walking toward an officer. Out of fear for his life, that officer shot and struck the suspect.

Officers immediately rendered aid to the suspect. An ambulance that was staged at the scene then took the suspect to a hospital, public safety officials said.

The names of the officer and the suspect are not being released at this time, public safety officials said. Further details about the shooting were not immediately available.

The case is being investigated by the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators are looking for suspects in a shooting that injured three people early this morning on southbound Interstate Highway 280 in San Francisco, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Shots were fired at a black Cadillac Escalade near Alemany Boulevard shortly before 3 a.m.

Three of the five people in the vehicle were injured in the shooting, but all are expected to survive their injuries, according to CHP Officer Vu Williams.

The victims transported themselves to San Francisco General Hospital.

Investigators believe the shots were fired from another vehicle on the highway but do not have a description of it at this time.

"The victims all say they saw nothing," Williams said, noting that it is "impossible to say" at this point if the victims were targeted or if the shooting was random.

Southbound traffic was closed as a result of the shooting and reopened shortly before 7 a.m.

Police are investigating separate burglary and robbery cases that occurred early this morning at stores in Sebastopol.

At 12:55 a.m., police were dispatched to the Lucky store at 776 Gravenstein Highway N. on a report of vandalism. At the scene, they found the store's sliding glass entrance door was broken, police said.

Police investigated and determined that after the store had closed, a male suspect remained inside. He then tried to access the store's cash register and smashed the door window in order to exit the building, police said.

The suspect was described as a tall male wearing an orange hat, dark gray or black jeans, a black jacket and a black backpack. His face was covered with a white mask or cloth and goggles, police said.

Anyone with information about thE case can call Officer Schott at (707) 829-4400.

At 1:34 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 7-Eleven store at 167 Pleasant Hill Ave. N. on a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

According to police, the clerk said that a male suspect entered the store, brandished a handgun wrapped in a white cloth, then demanded cash from the register. The suspect took cash and merchandise from the store, then fled on foot.

Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

The male suspect was wearing a dark green hooded sweatshirt with a pattern similar to camouflage or a tree-type pattern. He wore gray sweatpants, gray shoes, black gloves and a black full-face mask and sunglasses, police said.

Anyone with information about the case can call Officer Bauer at (707) 829-4400.

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety officers arrested a San Jose man on Friday after they received a call earlier that day from local school officials that he was exhibiting inappropriate behavior to a minor, according to the department.

Henry Reed, 23, is believed to have been making unsolicited comments and requests to a 17-year-old girl, according to evidence gathered by patrol officers and a detective assigned to the case.

Investigators also think Reed allegedly touched her inappropriately and forced her to do the same to him during a contact they had.

Reed has been booked into the county jail on suspicion of sending indecent matter to a minor and annoying and molesting a minor.

During the investigation, officers discovered that Reed has worked with minors in a part-time position as a musician assistant in the past. Authorities have not yet identified the locations he was employed at.

At this time, no other victims have been found.

Anyone with information related to any additional victims is asked to contact Detective Karen Jenks at (408) 730-7129.

Livermore police on Sunday morning arrested a suspect who allegedly stole credit cards from vehicles.

At 7:30 a.m., an officer was on patrol at a shopping center when he saw the male suspect trying to hide behind a pillar at a FedEx store. Police said it was clear that the suspect was trying to avoid being seen by the officer.

The officer contacted the suspect and discovered that he was in possession of property that had been stolen from multiple unlocked vehicles earlier that morning, police said.

The stolen property included multiple bank cards, credit cards and electronic devices, police said.

The officer determined that the suspect had used one of the victim's credit cards to make purchases.

The suspect was arrested and booked into Santa Rita Jail, police said. Police did not provide the suspect's name.

A special San Jose City Council study session will take place at City Hall on Tuesday to discuss the current role of the Independent Police Auditor.

The current model for the independent police auditor, the office's independence and its authority will all be discussed at the meeting, according to the Council's agenda.

San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia has prepared slides to discuss items with the Council such as the calls for service the department receives versus the number of officers available, the calls for service the department receives versus the complaints they receive, and the efforts that police have put together over the last three years that are aimed toward community trust and accountability.

After Garcia speaks on behalf of the Police Department, two letters from the public will be read to provide perspectives from both those in favor of a role restructure and those against it, according to the agenda.

The first letter is from representatives of People Acting in Community Together, a San Jose-based grassroots organization that works to solve social issues. The letter says that the expansion of the office's responsibilities would increase transparency between San Jose police and the public.

The second letter is from Paul Kelly, the president of the San Jose Police Officers' Association.

Kelly's message advocates for the current model of the office and points to newly released use of force data that shows "no disparate use of force amongst any particular segment of our population."

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at City Hall at 200 E. Santa Clara St. A live stream of the event will be available at https://sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=191.

Danville homeowners will be notified about renewing their alarm system permits over the next two weeks since a new company is managing the permit and billing processes, according to police.

Alarm Program Systems will be managing permits for residents to keep in accordance with the town's municipal code that requires residents and businesses with alarm systems to register them and obtain a permit.

Police want to reassure residents that the email notification from Alarm Program Systems is legitimate. The emails are expected to be sent by the end of January and will contain instructions on renewing permits as well as a link to the form to do so.

The new system will streamline the process for all alarm users, making yearly renewals a simpler process for everyone, according to police.

Police remind residents that repeated false alarms can result in fines being levied. Information on that statute can be obtained at https://danvilleca.citysupport.org.

Residents who have questions about the email notification or have a new alarm system to register can contact Alarm Program Systems at danvilleca@citysupport.org or (888) 865-9770.