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POSTED July 2, 2012 8:06 p.m.

Vallejo police shoot, kill robbery suspect

VALLEJO  (AP) — The Solano County District Attorney's Office is investigating the third fatal shooting by Vallejo police in five weeks.

Police shot and killed a robbery suspect on Saturday morning after they say he pointed a gun at officers in a residential neighborhood following a foot chase.

Police say the suspect, who has not been identified, robbed a convenience store earlier. He then allegedly escaped in a stolen Jeep before crashing into a fire hydrant a short distance away.

Police Lt. Jim O'Connell says officers discovered the suspect in a backyard and shot him multiple times after he pointed his handgun at them when ordered to drop the weapon.

Police ID man fatally stabbed in SJ parking lot

SAN JOSE  (AP) — Police have identified a man who was stabbed to death in a parking lot in San Jose.

Sgt. Jason Dwyer says 41-year-old Harry Clark of San Jose was found with a stab wound in a parking lot near the West Park Plaza shortly before 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Police say that the fatal stabbing does not appear to be gang-related as Dwyer believes Clark was stabbed by someone he knew.

The stabbing is San Jose's 20th homicide of 2012.

SF Zoo hires adviser as it updates animal exhibits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Zoo, under fire for its rundown habitats, has hired an adviser to help ensure that animals come first.

The zoo has hired Terry Maple as its first professor-in-residence. He's a former director of the Atlanta zoo and helped turn around its reputation as one of the worst in America.

Maple has a six-month contract to advise San Francisco's zoo as it redesigns some of the outdated animal exhibits

Maple says he wants to design more natural environments that also encourage animals to be more active — to reach, stretch and jump.

He says having a lion sleeping in a corner isn't very exciting for visitors, or the lion.

Man on tracks shuts down Oakland BART

OAKLAND  (AP) — A man who jumped on the tracks at a West Oakland BART station has been taken into custody after he shut down train service for nearly an hour.

Police say the man, who may have been smoking some type of narcotic, jumped onto the elevated track from the station platform at around noon on Sunday.

Operators halted incoming trains and switched off power to the electrified third rail. Two trains were held between stations.

Police say the man walked down the tracks and at one point sat down on a board covering the third rail.

Officers eventually convinced him to come with them. He was taken into custody on suspicion of interfering with railroad property.

2 escape injury in Watsonville plane crash

WATSONVILLE (AP) — A pilot and student passenger have walked away without injury after their small plane crash-landed over the weekend in Watsonville — the second such crash in a week.

The plane went down shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, minutes after it had taken off from Watsonville Municipal Airport.

It landed near Highway 1 and received minor damage.

 

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