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A South San Francisco police officer received non-life-threatening injuries on Friday afternoon after being dragged and forced to the ground following a traffic stop in which the arrested driver restarted his vehicle and accelerated.

A spokesperson for the South San Francisco Police Department said officers conducted a traffic stop at 5:18 p.m. in the 1000 block of San Mateo Avenue after observing a vehicle code violation.

During the traffic stop and while the officers were speaking with the driver, he suddenly restarted his vehicle and accelerated rapidly. One of the officers standing outside the vehicle was dragged and pinned to the ground.

A vehicle chase began, which ultimately ended in San Bruno when the man collided with two parked vehicles after throwing a loaded firearm out of his car window.

The suspect, Vincent Lewis Harris, 31, of East Palo Alto, was arrested and apprehended. He was also found in possession of burglary tools. Harris was transported to San Mateo County Jail. He faces charges of assaulting a police officer and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The injured officer was treated at a local hospital and released.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the South San Francisco Police Department at (650) 877-8900.

A 13-year-old girl was taken to a local hospital late Friday morning after being hit by a bullet fragment in San Leandro.

A San Leandro Police Department spokesperson said officers responded to the 2200 block of East 14th Street around 11:30 a.m. to a report of a shooting that may have occurred at a business.

Friday evening, it is not known if it is an attempted robbery or a direct and targeted shot.

During the shooting, two or three shots were fired, according to the police.

Detectives said the girl was injured by a bullet fragment hitting her foot.

The suspects fled after the incident.

This is an ongoing police investigation and detectives from the department’s Criminal Investigations Division have taken over the case.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the San Leandro Police Department at (510) 577-2740.

The occupation of Parker Elementary School in Oakland heated up Thursday afternoon with a dispute between community members and school district security personnel, organizers said Friday.

Oakland Unified School District officials said staff arrived early Thursday at the school, located at 7929 Ney Ave., and found no one inside. But the organizers of the occupation contest this.

Parents, students and other community members have occupied the school since the end of the 2021-22 school year following the district’s decision to close it as part of a closure, amalgamation and district-wide consolidation.

Organizers argue that the district plan is racist. School district data shows that in the case of Parker Elementary School, 90 percent of school children were black or Hispanic students in the most recent school year.

Nate Landry, a parent of a fourth-grader in the district, said community members were inside the building after 4 p.m. Thursday. A little after 4:30 p.m. they heard of someone being physically assaulted, said Landry, who along with his wife joined in opposition to the school district’s plans.

He said security told people they were likely to be arrested if they did not leave. Security guards pushed everyone out and did a poor job securing the building, Landry said.

By 6 p.m., community members, including at least one school board candidate and one elected official, were outside. Around 6:30 p.m. when Oakland City Councilman Carroll Fife arrived, a door had been kicked in and a lot of shoving was happening on both sides, Fife said.

People were trying to get in and security guards were trying to keep people out, Fife said.

Someone called the police at 6:09 p.m. about an assault at school. Officers arrived and located a victim, police said.

During the confrontation, one person suffered a concussion. In all, three people went to the hospital, Landry said. Police arrested one person and took their statement, police said.

Since May 25, parents, teachers, students and community members have occupied the school 24 hours a day, seven days a week, organizers said. They renamed it Parker Community School.

Until Thursday, school children took part in a summer program there, food was distributed, voter registration drives were held and, among other activities, town halls were organized.

Security officers also detained a relative and held him against his will for more than an hour, Landry said.

At around 7:45 p.m., police and security had left the building and community members had regained control.

Part of National Road 17 at the interchange with National Road 1 will be temporarily closed overnight next week to allow work crews to replace overhead directional signs.

A Caltrans spokesperson said the southbound lanes of Highway 17 will be closed just north of the Highway 1 interchange — also known as the “Fishhook” — on Monday and Tuesday nights, August 8 and 9, from 9 p.m. The freeway will be closed until 5 am the next day.

Motorists traveling south on Highway 17 may detour off the southbound Highway 1 off-ramp to avoid the construction zone. Diversion signs will be in place to assist drivers.

In addition, the left lane of Highway 1 northbound near Highway 17 will be closed during the same period.

Motorists can expect delays of up to 15 minutes.

The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors will discuss oversight of the county sheriff’s office on Tuesday and a recommendation from the county’s public safety committee to create a regular reporting structure to the board from the sheriff’s office.

Assembly Bill 1185, which became law on January 1, 2021, authorizes the county to establish a sheriff’s board of oversight and/or an inspector general to assist in its oversight duty. Doing either requires board action or a public vote.

The law also authorizes a Board of Supervisors and/or an Inspector General to issue a subpoena when deemed necessary to investigate a matter within that jurisdiction. He also says the exercise of this power cannot impede the sheriff’s office’s ability to conduct investigations.

The staff report for Tuesday’s meeting says four of the nine Bay Area counties have created an inspector general or sheriff’s board of oversight, and two more counties are in the process of doing so.

The County Administrator’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office developed the framework for a quarterly monitoring report to be presented to council, updating it on the activities of the sheriff’s office and allowing council to ask questions about operational issues. The report would cover custodial services, field operations, support services and administration.

Custody services include total number of reservations, number of alternative care attendees, deaths in custody, and medical data overseen by the county health department.

Bay Area activists plan to gather in Richmond on Saturday for a march and actions commemorating the 10th anniversary of an explosion and fire that tore through the Chevron Richmond refinery.

Activists will be led by the Richmond Our Power Coalition, made up of local community organizations fighting for climate justice. Organizers will remember the smoke from the fire that sent thousands to local hospitals and clinics on August 6, 2012.

U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigators reported that Chevron ignored warnings about corrosion in the pipe that ultimately caused the fire. The purpose of Saturday’s march is to advocate for the eventual elimination of oil refineries across the state.

The events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with protesters gathering at the Richmond BART station and marching towards the Chevron refinery. At 11 a.m., the Bay Area Climate Kayaktivists, a group that protests kayaks, will make their inaugural launch at Keller Beach, the site of a February 2021 oil spill linked to the Chevron refinery, among other planned actions.

Organizers expect hundreds of people to attend on Saturday, but this is not the first time Richmond residents have protested against the refinery. There was a big protest at Chevron in 2013, a year after the explosion.

A 28-year-old Petaluma man was arrested early Friday morning after what police said was a careless discharge of a firearm inside his residence.

No one was injured and no one else was inside the man’s residence, located in the 2100 block of Willow Drive.

Just before 6am, officers were dispatched to Willow Drive to investigate suspicious circumstances following a 911 call from a person at a separate location who received a call from arrested suspect Tyler Elliott, who told them he had shot someone inside his residence.

Officers arrived at the scene, but did not notice any signs of disturbance. including anyone suspicious in the vicinity.

Moments later, police dispatchers received a call from Elliott, who was then ordered out.

Officers found an assault rifle inside the residence and discovered a broken glass door. The door appears to have been pulled from inside the residence, shattering it.

After speaking with Elliott, officers determined there was no evidence to suggest an intruder was inside or was attempting to break in. Elliott was arrested for careless discharge of a firearm, among other related charges. He was incarcerated in Sonoma County Jail.

Officers believe only one shot was fired. The surrounding area has been checked for the location and direction of the ball. The bullet is believed to have entered Elliott’s backyard, fragmenting when it hit a concrete patio.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Ofc. McGovern at (707) 778-4372.

The National Weather Service forecast for Saturday for the San Francisco Bay Area calls for less humid conditions with daytime highs in the low 70s to 80s around the bay and upper 80s inland. Temperatures along the coast will be in the high 60s. Overnight lows Saturday morning will reach the low in the mid 50s.

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