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Daly City man killed in Saturday morning shooting

A man shot and killed in Richmond while driving his car Saturday morning was identified Monday by the Contra Costa County Coroner as Daly City resident Rodel Sarmiento. The 43-year-old’s death occurred on Chanslor Avenue near 18th Street. Richmond Police spokeswoman Detective Nicole Abetkov said no one else was injured. The homicide occurred just after 7 a.m. and police responded to the scene after the department’s ShotSpotter system picked up the shooting. Sarmiento was shot multiple times, before his car…

Grand opening celebrates four businesses in Point Richmond

Nikki Dycus holds a wig in each hand. Both are made of wavy brown hair, and if they were on someone’s head, it would be hard to tell the difference between them. When Dycus compares their weight and turns the wigs inside out, she reveals their subtle uniqueness. One looks more woven on the inside, and feels heavier—a more temporary solution to the problem of hair loss. The other has a thin inner lining, and is more suited to conform…

Richmond man killed in Sunday shooting

Roy Hill III, a 22-year-old Richmond resident, was shot dead while sitting in his car on the 2700 block of Ohio Avenue in Richmond Sunday afternoon. Richmond Police spokeswoman Detective Nicole Abetkov said RPD was alerted to the shooting at 2:20 pm on Sunday by its ShotSpotter system and several calls to 911. “He had several gunshot wounds,” Abetkov said, adding that it looked like Hill was shot multiple times from around the car with different caliber guns. Hill was…

BART police release sketch of man wanted in connection with March Richmond shooting

BART police Thursday released a sketch of a man wanted in connection with last month’s killing of San Pablo resident Raymond Harris at the Richmond BART station. A witness described the man as 6 feet tall, in his early-to-mid 20s with a “slender build,” according to a press release from BART police. BART police also released images from surveillance video of a woman who came to the station with the man, and was not at the scene of the shooting…

Homicide victim identified as Richmond resident

The Contra Costa County Coroner has identified the victim of Tuesday morning’s shooting on the 300 block of 28th Street in Richmond as 19-year-old Dimarea Young, a Richmond resident. According to Richmond Police Detective Nicole Abetkov, two other victims were also injured during the shooting. They were taken to a local hospital where they received treatment for non-life threatening injuries. Richmond police officers responded to a phone call, received just after 11 a.m, telling them of the shootings. Abetkov said…

Homicide Victim Identified

A man shot and killed last week at the Richmond BART station was identified Monday by the Contra Costa County Coroner as San Pablo resident Raymond Harris. The 34-year-old Harris, Richmond’s third homicide victim this year, was killed after 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Richmond BART station. A second man was also shot. A 26-year-old was treated at a local hospital, and then released after sustaining non life-threatening injuries. BART’s Deputy Chief of Police, Benson Fairow, said detectives are…

Investigation finds that Assistant City Manager violated city policies

The results of an investigation into allegations against Richmond’s Assistant City Manager Leslie Knight showed that she had violated several city staff policies, according to a statement released on Friday by the office of the city manager.   The summarized findings from the investigation conducted by the Van Dermyden Allison Law Corporation concluded that Knight had used a city vehicle while taking in a monthly car allowance that was supposed to pay for her to use her own car while…

Residents provide input on revitalization of section of Cutting Boulevard

Two dozen residents, representatives from community organizations and city employees met Tuesday night to discuss revitalization plans for future development of a section of Cutting Boulevard, which many consider a “gateway” to the city. Although similar plans for the area have been discussed in the past, the meeting was a chance for the city to get an update on what changes and improvements residents would like to see, such as improved street lighting, more opportunities for businesses and increased access…

Weekly chess nights encourage play for all ages

Hands slapping against plastic, followed by the beep of a digital clock, were the only sounds heard over the constant hum in the Richmond Recreational Complex during the weekly community chess night. Two boys, Ayanius Saucer, 10, and Akai Strong, 8, were looking intently at the board in front of them, pondering every move. As decisions became less obvious, and strategy more important, the boys took longer and longer to decide. When they did, their eyes would get wide and…

For Oilers, and Richmond, a night of pride in defeat

Forty-five minutes after the North Coast Section quarterfinal playoff game ended, and they had lost, the boys from the Richmond High School soccer team came out of their locker room and walked back toward the field. Still wearing their jerseys, under their red team jackets, they looked like they might be trying to play another match. Instead, the players slowly trickled to the center of the field and waited for their other teammates to catch up. Family and friends, who…

Richmond boys’ soccer takes on Dougherty Valley in first round of NCS playoffs

The Richmond High School boys’ soccer team will open its North Coast Section playoffs tonight when they play host to Dougherty Valley High School at 7:00 p.m. Richmond, which owns a 15-4-5 record on the season, was rewarded for its strong play this year when the seeding for the Division 1 bracket was announced last Sunday. Although the Oilers lost 2-0 to St. Mary’s High School in the Tri-County Athletic League playoffs championship match last Saturday, the Oilers still received…

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