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Wednesday
Nov282012

Storms Slam Northern California

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The first of three powerful storms is hitting Northern California, where travelers are feeling the strongest impact.

The winds are causing flights to be delayed and canceled in San Francisco and Oakland. Heavy rain has been falling, making freeways crawl. And if that's not enough, there are big concerns about possible mudslides. A wildfire burned close to some homes, making the soil very unsteady.

The rain is expected to continue through Sunday. In total, up to 10 inches of rain could fall in some areas north of San Francisco.

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Thursday
Jul052012

Three Kids Found, One Missing in California Child Abuse Case

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Three children associated with a couple and a babysitter arrested for abuse were recovered on Wednesday after a relative saw their names on the news and informed authorities she had been taking care of them, police said.  A fourth child, a 16-year-old girl, remains missing.

Oakland, Calif., police had been searching for the four children, who are associated with Reana Jackson, 20, and Aaron Tillman, 27, after the couple's 3-year-old son was taken to the hospital while in the care of his babysitter, Szakyahha Safiyyah Williams, 24, for severe injuries caused by apparent abuse.

It was unclear how the other four children, who have different last names and are between the ages of 4 and 16 years old, are related to the couple.

Zaniyyah Nyema Johnson, 7; Antwan Alexander Johnson, 6; and Paradise Ghaimah-Medinah Mahasin, 4, who reportedly suffers from epilepsy, were all found in good physical condition in Patterson, Calif., police said in a statement.  They are in the custody of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.

The search for the children began on Monday after Jackson, Tillman and Williams were arrested in relation to the alleged abuse of Jackson's unidentified 3-year-old son.

Police said Williams called on Monday and said the toddler was unresponsive and face down in a bathtub.  When paramedics arrived, the boy was clothed and dried.  He was taken to the hospital and revived by paramedics.

The boy's injuries were indicative of abuse and left him in life-threatening condition, police said.

"Oakland police officers and investigators began an investigation due to the extent and nature of injuries and evidence of past physical abuse," Oakland Police said in a statement.

Jackson, Tillman and Williams are being held at the Santa Rita Jail.  Williams faces charges of inflicting injuries on a child and assault.  Her bail has been set at $150,000, ABC News affiliate KGO reported.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of 16-year-old Alyajah Marie Johnson is urged to contact the Oakland Police Department at 510-238-3641.

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Thursday
Apr052012

Accused Oakland School Shooter Charged, Could Face Death Penalty

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The man accused of one of the deadliest school shootings in California history was charged with seven counts of murder Wednesday and three counts of attempted murder.

One L. Goh, a former student at Oikos University in Oakland who allegedly shot up a classroom because he was angry at the administration and classmates, could also face the death penalty due to a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders.

Court documents reveal that the 43-year-old suspect admitted to bringing a .45 caliber handgun to Oikos last Monday and shooting several people before he fled and surrendered peacefully at a nearby supermarket.

Conversations with people who knew Goh in the past describe him as someone who had both money issues and problems relating to people.

A nursing instructor at the Christian university said that Goh felt that his classmates disrespected him because of his age.  Meanwhile, the nursing program director who says she was Goh's original target believes he was angered by the fact that he couldn't receive a full tuition refund after dropping out of the program last fall.

Meanwhile, the school expelled Goh last January without mentioning the reasons why.

On Tuesday night, friends and family members of the victims along with community members gathered for a candlelight vigil to mourn the dead.

Those killed were: Katleen Ping, 24, of Oakland; Lydia Sim, 21, of Hayward; Bhutia Tshering, 38, of San Francisco; Sonam Choedon, 33, of El Cerrito; Judith Seymore, 53, of San Jose; Kim Eunhea, 23, of Union City; and Doris Chibuko, 40, of San Leandro.

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Tuesday
Apr032012

Oakland Shooting Suspect Is Not Remorseful: Police Chief

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The former student who shot up an Oakland school burst in looking for a female administrator, but he opened fire when he ordered students to line up and they didn't cooperate, police said Tuesday.

One L. Goh, 43, was being cooperative with police about why he killed seven students and wounded three others, but "he has not been particularly remorseful," Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said.

Goh arrived at Oikos University Monday morning asking for a specific administrator, Jordan said. When he found out that she wasn't there, Goh then pushed a secretary into a classroom and asked the students to line-up. When some students refused to comply, Goh began shooting, Jordan said.

Goh, a Korean national, was arrested Monday about an hour after his shooting rampage at Oakland's Oikos University. Five victims died at the scene, while another two died after being taken to a hospital. There is no information on the other three victims.

"We've learned that the suspect was upset with the administration at the school," Jordan said Tuesday on Good Morning America.

"He was also upset that students in the past, when he attended the school, mistreated him, disrespected him, and things of that nature. He was having, we believe, some behavioral problems at the school and was asked to leave several months ago," he continued.

"We've learned that this was a very chaotic, calculated and determined gentleman that came there with a very specific intent to kill people, and that's what his motive was and that's what he carried out," Jordan said.

The victims were six women and one man, ranging from 21 to 40 and originally from Korea, Nigeria and Nepal, according to Jordan.

Goh was deeply in debt with tens of thousands of dollars in federal tax liens against him and had two deaths in his immediate family last year. He had left behind a string of minor traffic citations in his former home state of Virginia and was evicted from one apartment complex in the state, according to ABC News affiliate KGO.

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Tuesday
Apr032012

Oakland School Shooting: Suspect Had Grudge, Thousands in Debt

KGO-TV(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The former student who authorities say gunned down and killed several people at an Oakland, Calif. nursing college held a grudge against school officials, according to Oakland police. One L. Goh was deeply in debt with tens of thousands of dollars in federal tax liens against him and had two deaths in his immediate family last year.

Goh, a 43-year-old Korean national, was apprehended Monday at a local supermarket about an hour after he allegedly killed seven people and injured three others during a shooting rampage at Oakland's Oikos University.  Five victims died at the scene, while another two died after being transported to a local hospital.  There is still no information on the other three victims.

"We've learned that the suspect was upset with the administration at the school.  He was also upset that students in the past, when he attended the school, mistreated him, disrespected him, and things of that nature," Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America.  "He was having, we believe, some behavioral problems at the school and was asked to leave several months ago."

"We've learned that this was a very chaotic, calculated and determined gentleman that came there with a very specific intent to kill people, and that's what his motive was and that's what he carried out," Jordan added.

Goh left behind a string of debts and minor traffic citations in his former home state of Virginia and was evicted from one apartment complex in the state, according to ABC News' Bay Area affiliate KGO.  Goh had been kicked out of Oikos University several months ago, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

An unidentified source also told the paper that Goh might have been involved in a dispute with campus officials.

Goh also lost two family members within the past 13 months, according to the Chronicle.  His brother, U.S. Army Sgt. Su Wan Ko, died in March 2011 in an auto wreck in Virginia while on special forces training, the Chronicle reported.  His mother, Oak Chul Kim, died a year ago in Seoul, according to a neighbor who told the Chronicle that she had moved there after deciding to leave Oakland.  Goh's father, Young Nam Ko, had been living in Oakland but recently moved, neighbors said.

Goh also had federal tax liens in 2006 and 2009 totaling more than $23,000, the Chronicle reported, adding that he managed to pay off some amount of his tax debt.

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Monday
Apr022012

Oikos University Shooting Suspect Identified; 7 Dead

KGO-TV(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Police Monday evening identified a man suspected of opening fire earlier that day at Oikos University, a Christian school in Oakland, Calif., killing at least seven people and wounding three others.

Police identified the suspect as One L. Goh, 43, a Korean national believed to be a resident of Oakland, though Goh surrendered to police at a Safeway supermarket in Alameda, Calif., Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told reporters.

Police planned further questioning of witnesses and the suspect, who had yet to be charged as of 6 p.m. PT, Jordan said.

Officials also were looking for Korean-speaking crisis counselors to address the needs of those touched by the shootings, Mayor Jean Quan said.

"It's the kind of pain and situation that we won't understand totally, immediately," she said, "but will leave the community asking questions for a long time."

It appeared all the shooting victims were adults, Jordan said, and the numbers of dead and wounded had not changed from earlier in the evening.

"As it stands now, we are confirming that a total of 10 people were injured during this morning's shooting, seven of which are fatalities," Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Cynthia Perkins said earlier. "One person has been taken into custody in connection with this shooting."

According to police, the gunman entered the school at 10:30 a.m. local time and fired multiple shots.

SWAT teams arrived shortly after the shooting and attempted to secure the area, locating victims and trying to get them to safety as they searched for the gunman.

Goh was taken into custody around 11:30 a.m. at a mall in Alameda, about five miles from the school. A security guard at the South Shore Center approached Goh because he was acting suspiciously, ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco reported.

Police believed Goh was the sole shooter, but they were not ruling out the possibility of more suspects, KGO reported.

Goh told the security guard he needed to speak to police because he had shot several people, the guard said. The security guard then called Alameda police. Goh was taken into custody without incident and he was later transferred to Oakland police custody, KGO reported.

A shopper at the mall who saw the man taken into custody said it occurred quietly.

"It looked like they stopped him at the door to, you know, see if he had anything in his pockets that he had stolen," Lisa Resler said. "There was no fight. He was just wearing a beanie."

Pastor Jong Kim, who founded the school about 10 years ago, told the Oakland Tribune that the shooter was a former nursing student, though he was unsure whether the man had been expelled or dropped out.

One witness described a chaotic scene in the moments after the shooting. Brian Snow was at a nearby credit union, when he first heard the shots and saw a victim run out of the building.

"I just heard more gunshots. A lady came out running and she had blood on her arm, but I didn't know how bad the wound was," Snow told KGO Radio. "She was just trying to make sure everyone was safe and took off her jacket and she had a big old hole in her arm."

Oikos University is a Christian university that focuses on nursing. The school's website describes students as "given the opportunity to obtain a Christian education that is based on solid Christian doctrine and ideology. Our main goal is to foster spiritual Christian leaders who abide by God's intentions and to expand God's nation through them."

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Monday
Apr022012

Gunman Opens Fire at Oakland, Calif., Vocational School

KGO-TV(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- As many as seven people are reported dead after a gunman opened fire at Oikos University, a Christian school in Oakland, Calif., Monday morning.

According to police the gunman fired multiple shots in the school at 10:33 a.m. Police have not officially said how many people were killed or wounded.

Police described the suspect as an Asian male, 5-foot-9, wearing tan pants, according ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco.

Although police have reportedly detained one person, it is unclear if that person was the gunman or if there was a continued threat on campus.

Oikos University is a Christian university that focuses on nursing. The school's website describes students as "given the opportunity to obtain a Christian education that is based on solid Christian doctrine and ideology. Our main goal is to foster spiritual Christian leaders who abide by God's intentions and to expand God's nation through them."

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Tuesday
Dec132011

Occupy Protests Disrupt West Coast Port Operations

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Some major ports along the West Coast were affected Monday when protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement showed up uninvited to make life difficult for shippers and truckers in an event called "Occupy the Ports."

Occupy Wall Street said the point of the rallies at ports that included Seattle, Portland, Ore., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland and Long Beach, Calif., was to once again shine a light on the economic woes that have beset the overwhelming majority of Americans they've dubbed the "99-percenters."  In fact, the demonstrations stretched down as far south as the Port of Houston where protesters clashed with police.

But those who certainly aren't in the group's demonized "1 percent" were just collateral damage to the protesters, whose actions spawned delays that hit truckers -- not CEOs -- in their wallets. Port workers vented their frustration with the protest, which halted or disrupted operations in some cases, costing workers a day's pay and fines for truckers who were liable for late deliveries.

Unions complained that they weren't notified first about the demonstrations and how much they'd cost the average port worker in a day's wage.

Occupy Wall Street was also showing its contempt for Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which owns a stake in the largest cargo-terminal operator.  About 250 people in New York City tried to block the entrance to Goldman Sachs' headquarters on Wall Street as police only allowed those with identification to enter the building.

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Saturday
Nov122011

Occupy Deaths Force Cities to Close Camps

Scott Eells/Bloomberg(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- With an Occupy demonstrator in Salt Lake City dead from what police said was a combination of carbon monoxide poisoning and drug use, a 35-year-old's suicide at Occupy Burlington, Vt., and a shooting death within or near Occupy's Oakland, Calif. site, officials in all three cities are pressing to close those operations.

Eviction notices were handed out Friday night to Occupiers in Oakland, where the Oakland Police Officers Association argues that monitoring Occupy is unfairly cutting into worker hours that should be spent patrolling the rest of the city.

The man, who so far has not been identified, was gunned down Thursday near the Occupy Oakland encampment, and Friday Mayor Jean Quan asked the hundreds of demostrators camped in Frank Ogawa Plaza to leave voluntarily.

"It is an example of why we need to peacefully close the encampment at City Hall," Quan said. "We are asking everyone at the plaza to leave. We're going to give another official notice today."

The Oakland Police Officers' Association (OPOA) said the connection between the Occupy protest and the killing is clear.

"I don't see too many broad daylight murders in Downtown Oakland," Dom Arotzarena with OPOA said. "What's happened in Oakland is that this Occupy Oakland (movement) has created an environment that is conducive to crime."

But protesters told ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco that there was no link between Occupy Oakland and the murder.

"They were not occupiers," protester Maxwell Pryde said. "It happened in an area where kids come hang out after school anyway."

Clashes between Oakland police and Occupiers have been intermittent, with police on Oct. 25 tear-gassing that encampment and arresting 85 Occupiers. The next day, Occupiers were allowed to return to their makeshift headquarters.

In Salt Lake City -- where, thus far, police said, the 91 arrests of Occupiers more or less equals the total arrests in 2010 for the area around the encampment -- protesters countered officials' complaints.

In Vermont, 35-year-old transient Joshua Pfenning's shooting suicide, using what police said was a stolen gun, Police Chief Mike Schirling to question the prudence of allowing the camp to remain, the Burlington Free Press reported.

Pfenning, police said, aimed the gun one of three other people inside his tent before his self-inflicted shot, about which he had forewarned other protesters.

"We know that at least one weapon has been present in the encampment and we are now clear that there has been extensive consumption of alcohol and some use of drugs by those present in the camp," said Shirling, who, according to the Free Press, had walked through the camp, chatting with protesters and handing out his business card. "The presence of structures and tents creates an enhanced risk by virtue of the activity that can and is occurring inside them."

Protester Jaime Jackson, 20, a University of Vermont student in environmental studies, told the Free Press that the encampment, established on Oct. 28, was a necessary action.

"This movement is still young," she said, "and we're not going away."

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Wednesday
Nov022011

Occupy Oakland Tries to Shut Down City

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Occupy Oakland’s goal is to bring the city’s commerce to a standstill. The group has called for a general strike, encouraging people to stay home from work and keep children out of school.

According to the Mercury News, the strike “will be the first of its kind in Oakland since 1946″ and could be “the biggest demonstration in the East Bay since the Vietnam War.”

Organizers are calling for marches, school closures and protests outside banks. The day is expected to culminate with a march to the Port of Oakland, the nation’s fifth-busiest port, at 7 p.m. local time.

Protesters hope to stop “the flow of capital” at the port.

Solidarity events are also scheduled to take place by Occupy movements in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia.

The Oakland event comes a little more than a week after violence erupted when police tried to clear protesters from the plaza outside City Hall. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has allowed the protesters to “occupy’ the plaza again and said in a statement she hopes Wednesday’s protests are peaceful and bring attention to the movement.

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