Carjacking in Oakland leaves man shot, officer injured

OAKLAND — A carjacking Tuesday night in East Oakland left the owner of the vehicle shot and a police officer injured, authorities said Wednesday.

Two suspects fled on foot after crashing the stolen vehicle and were still being sought Wednesday.

Authorities said the 34-year-old owner of a 2004 Porsche SUV met Tuesday night in Oakland with two men who claimed they were interested in buying the vehicle and he agreed to a test drive.

During the drive, the suspect driving the Porsche pulled a gun and told the owner to get out while they were in the 2200 block of East 15th Street.

When the owner resisted he was shot in the elbow before getting out of the vehicle, authorities said..

The Porsche was spotted a short time later by officers who pursued it to the dead-end portion of Harper Street off 35th Avenue. The suspects turned around in the Porsche and hit a police car, causing minor injuries to an officer, authorities said.

The suspects then drove a short distance before crashing into a parked vehicle on 35th Avenue, disabling the Porsche. The pair ran away and could not be found.

Both the vehicle owner and officer were taken to hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

Police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said on Wednesday that police were following leads to arrest the suspects.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $7,500 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the suspects. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3326 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News


9 designer tips for decorating a beautiful bedroom

Oftentimes the bedroom gets overlooked when it comes to artwork, say Melissa Warner Rothblum and Julie Massucco Kleiner of Massucco Warner Miller. (Dreamstime/TNS)

By Gabrielle Savoie

We know it right away when walking into a great hotel room: Everything is perfectly proportioned, the bed is meticulously made and the lighting casts a soft glow on attractive and functional furniture. The rug has the ideal softness under bare feet, and the artwork is eye-catching but not overpowering. Hoteliers craft their guest rooms so effortlessly, so why can it feel so hard to replicate the same look at home?

Oftentimes the bedroom gets overlooked when it comes to artwork (Dreamstime/TNS)

It may boil down to a few decorating mistakes designers always notice when walking into clients’ bedrooms. From ignoring clutter to failing to address mood lighting, these small errors can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of a room. We tapped some of the best interior designers in the industry to share the mistakes to avoid at all cost when decorating a bedroom. Are you guilty of these decorating faux pas?

Mistake No. 1: Forgetting about artwork

“Oftentimes the bedroom gets overlooked when it comes to artwork,” Melissa Warner Rothblum and Julie Massucco Kleiner of Massucco Warner Miller told us. “Not being a public space, it’s easy to get all the basics into a bedroom and then leave the walls bare.” While people often reserve their best artwork for the living or dining room, Rothblum and Kleiner suggest putting the same attention on art in less prominent rooms: “You go to sleep and wake up in your bedroom almost every day — so why not see something wonderful on the walls?”

Mistake No. 2: Disregarding mood lighting

“We think it’s so sad when a bedroom ceiling is left bare or has a ho-hum flush mount stuck up there,” add the Massucco Warner Miller designers. “Have fun with lighting in the bedroom! There is no rule that says chandeliers are reserved for dining rooms.”

For interior designer Tim Campbell, there is more to a bedroom than just overhead lighting — reading lights are also essential: “Add indirect and task lighting that keeps the glare of light away from the eye,” he says. The more sources of lighting you have, the better it is for the eyes (and the mood).

Mistake No. 3: Not considering scale

Interior designer Trip Haenisch always notices furniture that is too large or small for the bedroom. “Properly scaled furniture is tricky,” he says. “Everything looks the same size online. If you lay out …read more

Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle