PLEASANTON MAN INVESTIGATING NOISE ATTACKED: PLEASANTON (AP) — Authorities say a San Francisco Bay Area man was beaten into a coma after trying to quiet a group of people making noise near his home.
Officers found the 51-year-old man lying unconscious outside his Pleasanton home with his wife nearby when they arrived at the scene early Saturday morning.
Pleasanton police Lt. Scott Rohovit says the man was attacked by one or more of the people he went out to confront about the noise. Police have not identified any suspects, although they said on Tuesday they have interviewed several teens they have identified as people of interest in the case.
CALIF. LEAD PAINT LAWSUIT IN HANDS OF JUDGE: SAN JOSE (AP) — A lawsuit in California that seeks hundreds of millions of dollars from paint manufacturers to remove lead paint from older homes is now in the hands of a judge.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that attorneys made their final arguments in the case on Monday. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg now has 90 days to issue a ruling.
The lawsuit — filed in 2000 — pits 10 California governments against five paint manufacturers. The governments say the paint companies sold lead paint despite being aware of its potential health effects.
They want the industry to set aside money to clean up the paint or do the work themselves. The latter is estimated to cost $1.6 billion.
The industry argues that it never deliberately sold a harmful product to consumers.
2 ARRESTED IN OAKLAND CARPOOL ROBBERY: OAKLAND (AP) — Oakland police have arrested two people in connection with the daylight armed robbery of nine people waiting for carpool rides into San Francisco.
Police identified one of the suspects to the Oakland Tribune on Tuesday as 22-year-old Delante Johnson. The other is a 17-year-old boy who police say acknowledged his involvement in the robbery.
The robbery took place around 9 a.m. Monday while the victims and others were standing in line waiting for carpool rides. The robbers — described as three males — made off with cellphones, purses and wallets at gunpoint.
Police say they then fled in a silver Honda. Police later pulled the vehicle over with Johnson and the 17-year-old allegedly inside. The two were later arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.
Police say Johnson has denied involvement in the crime.