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Berkeley police arrested 26-year-old Benny Williams of Oakland after investigators say he was connected to not one, but two stolen vehicles, and a carjacking at gunpoint Sunday evening.
Officers caught the suspected carjacker after he slammed a stolen Prius into an overpass while speeding eastbound on Ashby Avenue. “Officers estimated approximately 65-70 miles per hour,” said Lt. Dave Frankel of the speeds at the time of the collision.
Officers arrested Williams after they say he ran from the wreckage.
“He tried to run from the officers, but he was apprehended moments later,” said Lt. Frankel.
The chase started before five in the evening when investigators say Williams ditched a stolen Audi then held up a woman at the Sea Breeze Market along West Frontage Road and University Avenue.
“I don’t know why he chose to leave it and go for a Prius,” said Lt. Frankel, who added that the Audi was registered in Piedmont and reported stolen in Oakland.
The victim, while physically unharmed during the theft, was clearly emotional after being held-up at gunpoint.
“We did recover a loaded firearm in the vehicle,” confirmed Lt. Frankel.
Williams was booked into the Berkeley Jail for charges related to the carjacking, evading police, and the firearm.
Berkeley investigators say they are coordinating their investigation with Oakland Police because the first vehicle was stolen in that city.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:51:41 -0700
Police in Oakland are investigating two homicides that happened Sunday evening within hours of each other.
The first happened at 46th and Market streets around 7:20 p.m.
Police say a man, who was shot multiple times, was found on the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the shooter is thought to be male, but they are not releasing additional details and no arrests have been made.
The second homicide happened inside a home on Chestnut Street near 14th Street. Police say they found a man stabbed to death inside a home.
A person called police after entering the home and finding the victim's body.
At this point, additional details have not been released.Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:31:51 -0700
Caltrans has removed the giant steel plates that caused major traffic backups going across the Bay Bridge Friday.
Caltrans is looking for a new way to repair the expansion joints on the Bay Bridge after the work caused major traffic delays Friday.
Caltrans spokesman, Bob Haus, said crews had discovered cracks near the bridge's expansion joints. The joints act as a way to accommodate normal expansion and contraction due to weather conditions.
The repair usually means bolting down large steel plates on the road to hold the bridge together while crews work on the joints. Crews installed several steel plates Wednesday and Thursday nights, and by Friday morning the commute melted down. The traffic jam stretched all the way back to the maze, and drivers said crossing the bridge took them an hour.
"The traffic backups really were horrendous," said Haus. "We wanted to see if we could find some way to do this without causing such terrible backups."
Over the weekend crews removed the steel plates, and Caltrans will now take Monday to consider its next move. Caltrans says it doesn't want to disrupt the commute, but it still needs to work on the expansion joints.
"It's still an issue, yeah. We still have the cracking in the deck section, right next to the expansion joints," said Haus. "So, that's what we have to look at tomorrow."
Some commuters like Jamil West from Oakland watched the traffic jam unfold, and took an alternate route to work. "The commute, it was messed up," said West. "You know, I come back and forth from Oakland, from time to time, and when I heard about the commute I actually took the San Mateo bridge."
Caltrans said by Saturday morning the plates had been removed, and West, like many commuters is hoping for a smooth trip into San Francisco. "Yeah, I'm happy to hear about that. Actually I went over the bridge today," said West. "I didn't really feel the bumps, so I think they're up now."
At this point there's no word on when Caltrans will resume the repair work.Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:57:45 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories