POLICE SUSPECT DRUG USE IN SAN JOSE WALMART CRASH: SAN JOSE. (AP) — Police said Monday they suspect a man was on drugs when he rammed his car through the front of a California Walmart store and began assaulting customers, injuring four people.
Haamid Ade Zaid, 33, of Seaside, was being held without bail at the Santa Clara County Jail for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, being under the influence of drugs, and resisting arrest, San Jose Police Officer Albert Morales said.
The store was open for business Monday. It had closed for about five hours Sunday after the incident, said Ashley Hardie, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Zaid was arrested Sunday after a red Oldsmobile Cutlass crashed through the San Jose storefront and hit a beer display before stopping near the pharmacy.
The driver got out of the car with a blunt object and began attacking people, police said. No motive has been determined.
About 70 people were inside the store, near the scene of the crash. One suffered serious injuries.
OAKLAND POLICE CLEARED IN SALON OWNER SLAYING: OAKLAND (AP) — A federal jury has cleared two Oakland police officers of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a man who was killed after police said he reached for something in his waistband after a foot chase.
The jury made its decision Monday in U.S. District Court in Oakland after a short deliberation.
The ruling addressed a lawsuit filed by the widow of 37-year-old Derrick Jones, who was shot multiple times in November 2010 by two officers.
Officers Eriberto Perez-Angeles and Omar Daza-Quiroz said Jones had reached for a silver scale he kept in his waistband, which they mistook for a gun.
The officers were cleared previously of criminal wrongdoing; the Oakland City Council settled a suit filed by Jones' family for $225,000.
3 OF 4 FALCON EGGS AT SAN JOSE CITY HALL HATCHED: SAN JOSE (AP) — A wildlife biologist says three of four falcon eggs in a nest high above downtown San Jose have hatched, with the fourth expected to emerge from its shell within a day or two.
Glenn Stewart, a University of California, Santa Cruz biologist, says the first peregrine falcon chick hatched in the nest on a ledge about 20 stories high on San Jose City Hall on Sunday, and two more chicks hatched early Monday.
Stewart expects the fourth falcon chick to break out of its shell in the next couple of days "at the most."
Stewart says when peregrine falcons seek out a location for their nests they usually look for an area that "dominates" a landscape. In San Jose, that happens to be City Hall.
The mother of the chicks — dubbed "Clara" — has nested at the building for seven years.