Rick Hurd, San Jose Mercury News

Rick Hurd

San Jose Mercury News

Pittsburg, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Rick:

Fatal crash shuts down East Bay highway in both directions

Early indications from the scene indicate two vehicles crashed into each head-on, the CHP said. → Read More

East Bay woman gets two years in prison for role in mail fraud scheme

A U.S. District judge sentenced a Union City woman to two years in federal prison after she pleaded guilty to participating in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud California's State Disability Insurance program, authorities said. → Read More

Fire crews called to blaze burning on East Bay hillside

Fire crews were working to contain a vegetation fire that had burned four to five acres in the vicinity of Pine Hollow Court, fire officials said. → Read More

Man who was underneath a sleeping bag in the middle of an East Bay boulevard fatally hit by two vehicles

A Berkeley man underneath a gray-and-black sleeping bag in the middle of a city boulevard died Monday night after being hit by two cars, authorities said. → Read More

San Francisco man accused of defrauding investors of nearly $20 million

Michael Rothenberg, is accused of raising millions of dollars in Silicon Valley start-ups but taking fees that exceeded what agreements allowed, authorities said. → Read More

Texas man accused of defrauding Bay Area-based union of $4.5 million

Scott A. Wilson is alleged to have stolen from the Operating Engineers’ Local Union No. 3, according to a complaint unsealed in Oakland on June 26, → Read More

Texas man accused of defrauding Bay Area-based union of $4.5 million

Scott A. Wilson is alleged to have stolen from the Operating Engineers’ Local Union No. 3, according to a complaint unsealed in Oakland on June 26, → Read More

One dead in weekend fire at East Oakland homeless encampment

Fire crews put out the blaze and were doing the overhaul from it when they found the person, Batallion Chief James Bowron of the Oakland Fire Department said. → Read More

Fatal stabbing in East Oakland investigated

The man was on the ground in the 7700 block of Krause Avenue, near the Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center when officers were called there around 2:55 a.m. → Read More

Boater who drowned in Delta identified

Dive team deputies pulled Joseph Cairel, 29, from Indian Slough, just west of Lido Bay. → Read More

Swastika stone garden angers El Sobrante residents again

A man who riled up his community a year ago by displaying a rock garden in the shape of a Nazi swastika is causing distress again by having it on full display during this period of racial tension, residents in his neighborhood said. → Read More

Suspected East Bay shoplifter who died in Lucky store confrontation had methamphetamine in his system

Michael Hamilton, 34, of Antioch, died Wednesday night inside the Lucky Supermarket in the 3100 block of Contra Loma Boulevard, police said. → Read More

Feds indict five with stealing 70 guns from Bay Area gun store

A federal grand jury has indicted five Bay Area residents for their alleged roles in the burglary of a Vacaville gun store during recent unrest over racial tensions, authorities said. → Read More

Complaints roll in about every night being like the Fourth of July for a month now

Fire, city and police officials are raising alarms as nightly fireworks displays across the Bay Area continue after a month of non-stop nightly explosions → Read More

Arrest following gunfire, hit-and-run in Berkeley

A person who police said was carrying a loaded handgun in the area where shots were fired and a hit-and-run occurred was arrested Tuesday night, police said. → Read More

East Bay woman has been missing since May 19

Hayward police appealed to the public Thursday afternoon in their bid to find a missing woman who has been missing more than a month. → Read More

Two East Contra Costa County residents die in separate drownings

An Antioch man died in a drowning in Tuolumne County on Tuesday night, the second resident from eastern Contra Costa County to die that way in 10 days. → Read More

Shoplifting suspect dies after attacking employee who caught him

A 34-year-old Antioch man suspected of trying to steal food from a Safeway died Wednesday night after he stopped breathing during a fight with a store employee who tried to stop him, police said. → Read More

Player on East Bay high school’s first football title team dies in crash

A 19-year-old man who helped Liberty High School in Brentwood to one the best seasons in school history died Sunday night in a car crash, according to friends who have established a fundraiser for him. → Read More

Racist drawing and message found at Port of Oakland

A person found a racist message and drawing Tuesday morning at the Port of Oakland, and police are investigating, a spokesman for the Port said. → Read More