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POSTED September 18, 2013 10:05 p.m.

 

MAN SHOOTS, WOUNDS LOCKSMITH DURING EVICTION: SAN RAMON  (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man on suspicion of shooting a locksmith in the leg when he and two Contra Costa County sheriff's deputies tried to serve an eviction notice.

Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said the man surrendered Wednesday after a four hour-long standoff in a gated community in San Ramon.

Deputies knocked on the suspect's door around 2 p.m. but no one answered. Lee said that when the locksmith began drilling the door knob, a shot was fired through the door.

The locksmith was taken to a hospital for treatment of his wound.

The $1.6 million home is in foreclosure.

Last April, a Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputy and a locksmith were fatally shot when they tried to evict a man from his Modesto home.

NEW SPECIES OF LEGLESS LIZARDS FOUND IN CALIF.: BERKELEY  (AP) — Scientists in California have discovered four new and separate species of legless lizards — snakelike animals that burrow into sand or soil.

The University of California, Berkeley says the discovery was made by its reptile and amphibian expert Theodore Papenfuss, along with James Parham of California State University, Fullerton.

Until the discovery, scientists believed there was only one species of legless lizard in the American West.

They spent years scouring the state for the reclusive legless lizards. They found the new species at the end of a runway at Los Angeles International Airport, in a vacant lot in downtown Bakersfield, on the edge of the Mojave Desert and among oil derricks in the lower San Joaquin Valley.

The biologists are trying to determine whether the lizards need protected status.


CONTRA COSTA COUNTY APPROVES TAX DEAL WITH CHEVRON: MARTINEZ  (AP) — Supervisors in a Northern California county have approved a deal with Chevron Corp. in a dispute over tax assessments going back about a decade.

Contra Costa County supervisors unanimously approved the deal on Tuesday.

The Contra Costa Times reports that Chevron will get a $17 million refund for assessments made on its Richmond refinery from 2004 through 2006. The refinery had sought a $73 million refund.

The deal also reduces the taxable value of the company's Richmond refinery in 2012 from $3.87 billion to $3.28 billion, although Chevron will not collect the $8 million it overpaid in taxes that year. Additionally, the two sides have agreed to meet and discuss the value of the refinery each year.

 

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