UC Berkeley behind stadium fund-raising goal
BERKELEY. (AP) — The University of California, Berkeley is behind its fund-raising goal to pay for the $321 million renovation of its football stadium.
The university was aiming to raise $270 million by summer 2013 for the Memorial Stadium project, but so far has only $35 million in cash.
University officials say there is still plenty of time, and they will do everything they can to avoid using state funds. Even in the worst case, they say the fund established to service the debt on the project will not run out of money until 2038.
The news comes as tuition at the university has gone up and state funding has been slashed.
Another big search planned for Sierra
MORGAN HILL (AP) — Authorities are gearing up for another daylong search for missing 15-year-old Sierra LaMar this weekend.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office plan to lead a "refined" search of areas in Morgan Hill, San Martin and Gilroy on Saturday. About 90 law enforcement officers from agencies around the Bay Area will be brought in.
Sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza said that searchers previously combed the same area on dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles. But on Saturday, they'll be going through the rough terrain on foot.
Sierra was last seen March 16 as she was getting ready for school at her Morgan Hill home. Investigators believe she was kidnapped on her way to catch the bus.
Sierra's cellphone and bag were later found off the road.
Man arrested on suspicion of setting wife on fire
SAN JOSE, (AP) — A homeless man has been arrested on suspicion of setting his wife on fire on a San Jose street, killing her.
Police say 49-year-old Barton Williams was taken into custody on suspicion of murder at St. James Park in San Jose on Wednesday, two days after his wife, 64-year-old Patricia Storey, was found lying on the street suffering from severe burns.
She was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead the next day.
Police have not established a motive for the killing.
Sgt. Jason Dwyer said the couple — both transients — was married, so investigators are looking into the possibility of a domestic dispute.
They did not find any evidence of gunshot or knife wounds.
Bystander struck during SF police shooting sues
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A bystander who was shot and wounded when San Francisco police opened fire at a suspect on a city street is suing the city.
Jessica Orozco's federal civil rights lawsuit — filed on Tuesday — claims negligence, assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that it seeks unspecified damages.
The lawsuit says Orozco and several friends were standing on a sidewalk in September when police chasing a suspect appeared.
According to police, at least one officer opened fire at 20-year-old Jesus Paredes Rodriguez after he pulled a gun. Rodriguez was not hit, but Orozco and one of her friends were wounded.
Rodriguez was arrested although he was not the suspect police thought they were chasing.
City officials have denied any wrongdoing.