• POLICE RAID SAN FRANCISCO HELLS ANGELS’ CLUBHOUSE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police have raided a Hells Angels’ clubhouse and arrested one person in connection with an assault.
Police say a search warrant was executed around 5 a.m. Wednesday at the clubhouse in the city’s Dogpatch neighborhood. Television news footage showed an officer carrying a box of what appeared to be documents from the building.
One person, identified as 32-year-old Charles Nucci, was arrested and booked on suspicion of aggravated assault.
Police say the assault occurred late last year and was carried out by three people in Hells Angels jackets. The victim suffered serious injuries.
• STUDENT SHOT, WOUNDED NEAR CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL: RICHMOND (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area high school was locked down after a shooting nearby left a student seriously wounded.
Richmond Police Capt. Mark Gagan says the shooting occurred Wednesday morning about a half block from John F. Kennedy High School.
School resource officers arrived at the scene to find a 14-year-old boy shot in the leg. The shooting was apparently preceded by a fight involving several young people.
Gagan says the resource officers took the student inside the school. He was later taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.
The high school and a nearby elementary school were placed on lockdown as a precaution. Gagan says the lockdown was lifted shortly before 10 a.m.
• FORMER POLICE COMMANDER PLEADS GUILTY TO EXTORTION: SAN JOSE (AP) — Former Pacific Grove police commander John Nyunt has pleaded guilty to federal charges of extortion and wire fraud for a tangled crime that involved sharing a password to a law enforcement database.
Nyunt, who had worked in law enforcement since 1991, was arrested in March for allegedly threatening to kill his wife Kristin Nyunt in 2012. They have since divorced.
During subsequent local, state and federal investigations, court records show investigators found evidence that when a crime victim came to the police for help, Nyunt referred her to a private investigative agency that he ran. The victim was then charged $10,000 for the private firm to look into the crime. Nyunt entered his pleas on Tuesday.
In a statement released Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said Nyunt lied to the victim and told her the police and FBI were investigating her complaint. In his guilty plea Tuesday, Nyunt also admitted that he shared the police department’s password to a law enforcement database with his then-wife, who has been charged with 43 counts for alleged identity theft, fraud, burglary and forgery.
• INTERIM OAKLAND POLICE CHIEF NOW PERMANENT CHIEF: OAKLAND (AP) — After a year serving on the job, interim Oakland police chief Sean Whent became the department’s permanent chief Wednesday.
Mayor Jean Quan officially swore in Whent, 39, after a nationwide search. He becomes Oakland police’s fourth permanent chief since 2009.
An 18-year-veteran, Whent became interim chief last May as part of a major management shake-up of the beleaguered department. He took over from acting chief Anthony Toribio, who stepped down and assumed the rank of captain less than 48 hours after replacing then-Chief Howard Jordan, who retired.
The low-key Whent, who served in the department’s internal affairs division before taking over as interim chief, isn’t popular with some rank-and-file officers, but violent crime and homicides have dropped about 30 percent under his leadership in one of America’s most dangerous cities.