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Oops! Man accidentally booked on murder charge

UPDATE 2 (Thursday, 11:20 a.m.): Looks like the issue has been fixed.

UPDATE: It’s probably worth noting that this is Alameda County booking records, not Union City police.

When I got into work today, I decided to check the status of Angel James Mendez, the the man arrested yesterday in that shooting in Union City  that left a mother of two wounded inside her own home. Imagine how I felt when I saw the image above. Records showed the man was booked on a charge of murder (PC 187 F), not attempted murder (PC 187/664 F), as police had said.

In other words, it appeared that the woman had died. Well, that is NOT the case. This looks to be nothing more than a clerical error as the victim is still alive, according to two sources. Looks like Mendez’s case is scheduled to be reviewed by prosecutors on Thursday morning, and Mendez will make a court appearance in the afternoon if he is charged with any crimes.

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Mom shot in Union City apartment while kids were home

UPDATE: (3:05 p.m.) First version on the Web site.

 

Story should be online momentarily, but a 25-year-old mom was shot and wounded this morning in a Union City apartment during an argument with her husband. Cops say two children were home at the time (and the mother of the suspect), but none of them were hurt. Woman is expected to live, although she is undergoing surgery as I write this.

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Shooting last weekend near The Hub?

I received an e-mail yesterday asking about a shooting near The Hub late Saturday or early Sunday. I finally got the information about the incident. According to cops, there was a large hip-hop party held at a restaurant across the street from The Hub late Saturday/early Sunday. During the event — which police broke up — two people were shooting guns, witnesses said. It was not until the next morning (daylight) that police found several expended shell cassings from two different types of guns (9 mm and .45 cal). As of this morning (Tuesday) police have not learned of anyone actually hit by gunfire.

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(UPDATED 2/24) Shooting prompts closure of westbound Stevenson in Fremont

UPDATE: 12:15 P.M. (2/24) – Two people have been arrested and a third is now being sought in this case. Should have more details later today, but it looks like this thing stems from a fight between two brothers.

UPDATE: 4 P.M. (2/23) – All lanes of Stevenson Boulevard are now being re-opened. However, there are no further details of the shooting.

UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. (2/23) — Looks like no one was hit by gunfire, but a car was shot up.

Original: Still seeking details on this case, but police have shut down westbound Stevenson Boulevard between Fremont Boulevard and Besco Drive as they investigate a shooting in the area. It’s unclear at this point exactly what happened, but it looks like at least three shots were fired and there was some sort of crash; still not sure if anyone was hurt. Stay tuned …

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Shooting suspects not in court today

I know you’re sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what’s going to happen to the people arrested early Thursday after a shooting in Centerville. But now you’re going to have to wait a few more days. Two of the arrested people were expected in court today, but the case had not been submitted to prosecutors for review. They’ll be arraigned Monday.

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Reporter’s Notebook: Urango Trial 2/13

The following are tidbits and outtakes that didn’t make it into recent stories about the trial of Manuel David Urango, the man charged with killing Alia Ansari in Fremont’s Glenmoor neighborhood in October 2006. The trial started in mid-January and is expected to last through the end of the month.

Session date: Feb. 13, 2008

Daughter’s interview:

Jurors watched the first 30 minutes of a 45-minute long videotaped interview in which Ansari’s daughter is asked about her mother’s killing. The video, which appears to be shot from the ceiling of a playroom, opens with the interviewer walking in with the daughter, who was 3 years and 11 months at the time, and asking her about certain colors. The girl does not know the difference between black and white. At one the girl pointed to the interviewer’s skirt and said it was red. It was actually black. Continue Reading

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Reporter’s notebook: Urango trial 2/11

The following are tidbits and outtakes that didn’t make it into recent stories about the trial of Manuel David Urango, the man charged with killing Alia Ansari in Fremont’s Glenmoor neighborhood in October 2006. The trial started in mid-January, is expected to continue on Wednesday and could last through the end of the month.

Session date: Feb. 11, 2008 

Prosecutor Jerry Herman has been using his laptop computer and a projector to display images on a screen for jurors and witnesses. Delivery driver Rodney White was asked to look at the screen and he had a hard time finding the area of Farwell Drive and Truman Court, where he witnessed a shooting a day before Ansari died, on the map. “I’m telling you, this is a terrible map,” White said, alluding the fact that the aerial image was blurry. After Herman focused the image, a juror then quipped, “you should have done that a couple weeks ago.”

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