Oakland

Two men wounded in separate shootings

Two men were in stable condition after they were shot Saturday morning in separate incidents in East Oakland, police said.

Around 9:30 a.m., police said, a man was apparently driving near 98th Avenue and Plymouth Street in the Elmhurst district when someone in another car began shooting at him.

The victim was able to drive a few blocks to the area of 96th Avenue and Cherry Street where police and paramedics were called.

His name and age were not released. He was in stable condition at a hospital.

Police did not have suspects or a motive for the shooting.

Just over an hour later at 10:39 a.m., police responded to a shooting in the 1500 block of 92nd Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found a man lying in a driveway behind a residence.

He was listed in stable condition at a hospital.

Up to $5,000 in reward money is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the gunmen in the two shootings. Those with information may call police at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

Piedmont

Trees down power lines, close Moraga Avenue

Moraga Avenue was closed for several hours Friday after a small mudslide caused trees to fall on power lines in the area, city officials said.


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The mudslide occurred at 11 a.m., prompting a closure that lasted until 7:45 p.m.

The city and PG&E worked to clear trees that fell onto power lines at the intersection of Moraga Avenue and Maxwelton Road.

City officials could not confirm what caused the slide but said it appeared to have originated from a home on Maxwelton.

The slide caused at least two trees to fall onto power lines. PG&E hired a tree-cutting company to remove the trees so that they could begin restoring power to some residents in the immediate area.

The incident forced the closure of Moraga Avenue between the eastern city limit with Oakland and Red Rock Road, according to city officials.

A similar incident in April 2012 closed more than a quarter-mile stretch of Moraga Avenue in the same area for 36 hours after a mudslide also caused trees to fall on power lines.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

San Francisco

Officer hospitalized after patrol car crash

One officer was hospitalized after his patrol car collided with a car driven by armed robbery suspects in the city's Richmond district Saturday, according to police.

Around 6:45 a.m., officers responded to an armed robbery in the 3400 block of Balboa Street where one of the robbers reportedly fired a gun, according to San Francisco police spokeswoman Danielle Newman.

During a search for suspects, a patrol officer spotted them in a car at Cabrillo Street and 28th Avenue and gave chase. The pursuit ended at 20th Avenue and Lincoln Way when the patrol car and the suspects' car collided, Newman added.

Both people in the suspects' car were arrested, and the officer was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff