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A teacher at San Leandro High School has been arrested and charged for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenager, police said Thursday.

Leon Chang, was charged by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday with felony charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and arranging a meeting with a minor for sexual purposes, according to police Lt. Mike Sobek.

The charges came after a several months-long investigation triggered when the San Leandro Unified School District was notified that Chang might be having an inappropriate relationship with a minor, Sobek said.

School district officials reported the allegations to police, who uncovered forensic and other evidence indicating an ongoing relationship between Chang and the minor, Sobek said.

Chang turned himself in to San Jose police Thursday, Sobek said.

Lt. Randall Brandt, head of the Criminal Investigation Division, said the investigation was a collaborative one between school officials and detectives.

"This close working relationship is a force multiplier when it comes to keeping our minors safe," said Brandt.





Hayward police are searching for a suspect who robbed a bank earlier this week while wearing a t-shirt proclaiming "I have issues."

The suspect, who was captured on surveillance video footage, entered the bank at 27000 Hesperian Blvd. in Hayward shortly before 4 p.m. and approached the teller window, according to Sgt. Eric Melendez.

He gave the teller a note stating that he was armed and robbing the bank, and the teller gave him cash from her drawer. The suspect then left the bank through the front door and left the scene, Melendez said.

The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male in his 20s, 5 feet 8 inches and weighing around 185 pounds.

He was wearing a t-shirt that read "I have issues" during the robbery.

No firearm was ever actually seen during the robbery.





A search for a woman reported missing after a hike on Mt. Tamalpais ended Thursday evening with the discovery of a body, according to Marin County sheriff's office officials.

The woman was reported missing at 2:33 p.m. and was last seen near the Mountain Home Range Inn a mile east of the Pantoll Ranger Station, according to Lt. Doug Pittman.

A body was found Thursday evening at the bottom of a drainage, and might have fallen 40 to 50 feet, according to Pittman.

Pittman said there did not appear to be any connection between Thursday's missing person and death investigation and the death of a Menlo Park woman who was found dead on Saturday in the same general area.

Magdalena Glinkowski, 33, left a note on March 30 stating she was going for a hike. Her car was found April 4 near the Pantoll Campground, and security camera footage showed her walking across the parking lot.

A man who was trail running the day Glinkowski disappeared told the Marin County Sheriff's Office he saw Glinkowski's photo in the media and realized he might have seen her, the sheriff's office said.

Search and Rescue teams resumed the suspended search for Glinkowski and found her body on April 12 around 9:25 a.m. down a steep slope in a drainage area about a half-mile from the Bootjack parking lot where she was last seen, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office said Glinkowski's autopsy showed no visible signs of trauma, and the cause and manner of her death are pending toxicology tests.

Pittman said Thursday afternoon the autopsy results were inconclusive.





House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi helped break ground Thursday morning at a new community garden that will be planted to support the Asian community in San Francisco's Bayview District.

The 1-acre garden will grow from a vacant dirt lot above the Caltrain tracks a few blocks away from the Bayview police station on Williams Avenue at the end of Diana Street.

Pelosi was joined by San Francisco supervisors Malia Cohen and David Chiu, among other city leaders, and the future garden's namesake, Florence Fang, who spoke in front of a bamboo plant ready to be planted.

Pelosi said she was at the future garden in the southern neighborhood to plant more than a bamboo tree but also ideas about nutrition and health.

She said the bamboo plant represents "strong roots for a strong community."

She called the Asian-themed public green space "a model for the city."

The garden, to be called the Florence Fang Asian Community Garden, will feature native and traditional Asian plants and be a space for residents to plant, grow and eat produce, as well as serve as an area for exercise, such as Tai Chi.

Fang, 80, is on the board of the 100,000 Strong Foundation, which focuses on U.S.-China relations, and a San Francisco community leader.

Supervisor Cohen, whose district includes the Bayview, called the garden "the first space of its sort," with a focus on supporting the growing Asian community in the area and the garden's Asian theme.

She said the garden is about "growing healthy lifestyles."

According to garden organizers, about 40 percent of homes around the site are owned by Asian/Pacific Islanders.





The chief prosecutor in a 29-defendant corruption and organized crime case told a federal judge in San Francisco Thursday that a majority of the defendants could face new racketeering charges in a revised indictment expected in July.

"The majority of the defendants are looking at potential RICO charges," Assistant U.S. Attorney William Frentzen told U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer at a pretrial hearing attended by 26 of the defendants and their lawyers.

RICO is the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which provides for both criminal charges and civil lawsuits for racketeering, defined as conducting a continuing criminal enterprise.

Frentzen did not say which defendants might be charged with racketeering, which could carry a sentence of up to 20 years upon conviction as well as forfeiture of alleged ill-gotten gains.

Defendants named in the existing April 3 grand jury indictment include suspended state Sen. Leland Yee; former San Francisco school board president Keith Jackson; Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, leader of the Chinatown-based Chee Kung Tong organization; and several other members of that group.

The defendants are accused of an array of charges, some of which appear to be unrelated.

Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, and Jackson, a political consultant, are accused of funneling campaign contributions to Yee in exchange for political services to purported donors, who were actually undercover FBI agents.

Yee, Jackson and Daly City dentist Wilson Lim are also charged with conspiring in a never-completed international arms deal for an undercover agent who was posing as a Mafia member.

In another alleged plot, Jackson, his son, Brandon Jackson and two other men are charged with planning a $25,000 murder-for-hire, which was also never carried out, for the purported Mafioso. Jackson, his son and sports agent Marlon Sullivan are also accused of selling guns to the agent and conspiring to sell cocaine.

Chow, who was previously convicted of gun trafficking and racketeering, is accused of money laundering and conspiring to traffic in stolen liquor and cigarettes.





A five-alarm that destroyed the warehouses of three West Berkeley businesses on Saturday night caused an estimated $9 million in damage, Berkeley fire Acting Deputy Chief Avery Webb said Thursday.

The fire, which was reported at about 8 p.m. in the 1800 block of Second Street, caused about $7 million damage to the structure, a roughly 20,000-square-foot warehouse complex, and $2 million in damage to the contents inside, Webb said.

The massive fire took firefighters until 1 a.m. to control and left the complex a pile of smoldering rubble and brick walls.

Three business were affected -- the Wooden Duck, Import Tile and Joshua Tree.

The Wooden Duck and Import Tile lost warehouses and all the stock that had been stored there. Joshua Tree -- an artisan's collective for woodworkers, engineers and builders -- was entirely housed in the burned structure and took devastating losses.

Members of the Joshua Tree collective are largely struggling artists who lost their livelihood in the blaze and are planning upcoming fundraisers to get back on their feet, Joshua Tree proprietor Joshua Goldberg said Wednesday.

Their first fundraiser is tentatively scheduled for June 14.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Webb said earlier this week that it does not appear that the fire was intentionally set.





An alleged drug dealer charged with murder in the killing of a 55-year-old man in Bay Point earlier this month is accused of shooting the victim over a drug deal gone wrong, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Patrick Laughlin, 59, pleaded not guilty in Contra Costa County Superior Court on Wednesday to murder with an enhancement for the use of a firearm causing death.

He was charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a 55-year-old Bay Point man who has been identified as Dale Cadwell, according to prosecutor Simon O'Connell.

Laughlin was initially charged with attempted murder, but the complaint was amended after Cadwell died from his injuries on Monday.

The shooting was reported around 9:20 p.m. on April 4 outside of a mobile home park in the 100 block of North Broadway, according to the sheriff's office.

Cadwell was standing outside of the mobile home park talking to Laughlin through a fence when they began arguing over the amount of heroin the victim wanted to buy from Laughlin that day, O'Connell said.

The victim apparently wanted to purchase a small amount of heroin but Laughlin replied that he only sold large quantities, the prosecutor said.

At some point during the fight Laughlin pulled out a gun and shot Cadwell, who was able to stumble away to a neighboring home.

Neighbors called 911 and someone inside Laughlin's mobile home helped him flee the scene, O'Connell said.

Deputies arrived to find Cadwell suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek where he succumbed to his injuries on April 14, according to the sheriff's office.

Laughlin was arrested the night of the shooting and taken to county jail in Martinez, where he is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

He is scheduled to return to court in Martinez on April 22.





Three alleged gang members were convicted Thursday of three counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder for a shooting after a tattoo party in San Leandro in October 2011 that left three people dead and three others wounded.

Jurors deliberated for only about a day before returning their verdict against 23-year-old Anthony Perry of Oakland, the reputed leader of the Oakland-based Mob Squad gang, and reputed associates Aaron Stewart, 21, of Fairfield, and Paul Arthur Stevenson, 22, of Oakland.

The three men also were convicted of the special circumstance of committing multiple murders, which means they will face life in prison without the possibility of parole when they are sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kevin Murphy on July 10.

Prosecutor Jimmie Wilson told jurors in his closing argument on Monday that the shooting was "a gang-related assassination." He said the alleged Mob Squad members targeted a member of the rival FE gang because they were upset about a confrontation at a San Francisco nightclub several months earlier.

Wilson said the instigator of the shooting, which occurred in a parking lot outside a warehouse in the 2600 block of Alvarado Street in San Leandro in the early morning hours of Oct. 2, 2011, was Perry, who is also known as "A-1" and "A-Uno."

Wilson said Perry, Stewart and Stevenson saw 23-year-old Joshua Alford of Oakland at the tattoo party and decided to kill him because he belonged to the FE gang and had been present at the earlier confrontation in San Francisco.

Guns were displayed in the San Francisco incident but no shots were fired and there weren't any fights, Wilson said.

After the tattoo party ended, Perry, Stewart and Stevenson all armed themselves with guns, surrounded a green Ford Explorer that had been blocked from leaving the warehouse's parking lot by another car and opened fire, Wilson said.

In addition to Alford, the shooting claimed the lives of 16-year-old Leneasha Northington, a student at San Leandro High School, and 19-year-old Shanice Kiel of San Francisco, who had been accepted at San Francisco State University.





A man whose body was found at a Redwood City park on Monday morning has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as 57-year-old transient Peter Keegan.

Police and firefighters found Keegan after responding at about 8:30 a.m. Monday to a report of a man lying on the ground with a head injury at Red Morton Park, located at 1120 Roosevelt Ave., police said.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

The cause of Keegan's death was still under investigation, according to the coroner's office.





President Barack Obama will be returning to the Bay Area next month for a fundraising trip, Democratic National Committee officials said.

On May 8, the president will attend a roundtable discussion at a private home in Los Altos with about 30 supporters, followed by a DNC reception.

There will be about 250 guests at the reception, according to a DNC spokeswoman.

According to an online listing on the Democrats' website, the reception will be held at an undisclosed location and time in Palo Alto.

The president's last Bay Area trip was in November, when he attended a Democratic fundraiser at the newly constructed SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco's Hayes Valley.

First Lady Michelle Obama was in San Francisco for Democratic fundraising events in late January.





San Francisco officials Thursday painted two fire hydrants silver that were crucial to putting out fires that raged in the city's Western Addition neighborhood following the 1906 earthquake.

"We have to make sure that we continue to teach the next generation about our history," said Supervisor London Breed at a ceremony Thursday, calling the hydrants "a symbol of resilience."

Through every challenge, including the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes, San Francisco "has emerged stronger than ever every single time," said Breed, who represents the Western Addition and previously served as a fire commissioner.

The newly dubbed "Silver Twin" hydrants, one at the corner of Hayes and Buchanan streets and the other at Ellis Street and Van Ness Avenue, were two of the few hydrants that provided an adequate water supply as firefighters struggled to control blazes that erupted after the large earthquake at 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906.

The contributions of those two hydrants were equal to the "Little Giant" hydrant at 20th and Church streets that has been re-painted gold annually since 1969 because its ample water supply prevented fires from spreading deeper into the Mission District, city officials said.

The recognition of the "extraordinary" Silver Twins was "long overdue," said retired fire Lt. Bill Koenig, who now works with the first responder historical organization Guardians of the City.

Koenig said only 23 of the city's 4,213 hydrants had a useful water supply after the 1906 earthquake, necessitating long hose lines to reach the burning buildings -- 3,200 feet in the case of the Hayes and Buchanan hydrant.

Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, police Chief Greg Suhr, Breed, Koenig, other first responders and community members took turns with a can of silver spray paint to paint the rusty little white hydrant at Hayes and Buchanan, anointing it with flowers when they were done.

Period fire trucks from 1906 were parked on the block during the ceremony and will be on display later today at the annual "Big One" luncheon at John's Grill at 63 Ellis St.

Commemorative events will continue on the quake's 108th anniversary Friday, including the annual painting of the hydrant at 20th and Market streets at 5:40 a.m.





Police in Antioch are investigating the fatal shooting of a juvenile boy Wednesday night.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 4900 block of Country Hills Drive at about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

When officers arrived, they found a boy incapacitated from multiple apparent gunshot wounds, according to police.

Authorities attempted to resuscitate the boy but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The name and age of the boy has not yet been released. Further details about the incident were not immediately available.





Mostly cloudy skies are likely in the Bay Area this morning, with patchy fog. Highs are expected to be in the 50s to upper 60s, with westerly winds of up to 20 mph.

Partly cloudy skies are likely this evening, with patchy fog after midnight. Lows are expected to be around 50, with westerly winds of up to 20 mph.

Mostly cloudy skies are likely Saturday morning, with patchy fog. Highs are expected to be in the 50s to upper 60s, with westerly winds of up to 20 mph.
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