Bay Area Briefs

Tuesday October 08, 2002

Man killed by Caltrain 

PALO ALTO – Caltrain officials report that a man was struck and killed by a northbound train this morning, and the accident will likely affect train service throughout the morning. 

Caltrain spokeswoman Jayme Maltbie said the accident occurred at about 8:10 a.m. when a trespasser on the tracks was struck and killed at the Churchill Crossing in Palo Alto. The victim has not yet been identified. 

Maltbie said that six trains were stopped in the Palo Alto area at 9:15 a.m. as a result of the fatality and it may take some time before service can be restored to its normal schedule as the investigation continues. 


Family slain in San Jose 

SAN JOSE – San Jose police said two adults and two toddlers were found shot to death in their home in east San Jose Monday afternoon. 

The San Jose Police Department said a person of unknown relation discovered the family in the house at 88 Melrose Ave. and called police at 1:15 p.m. Monday. 

San Jose Police Officer Joseph Deras officers were still trying to confirm the identities of the four victims, which include a 2-year-old, a 4-year-old and an adult male. 

He said the victims may have been dead for over 24 hours before being discovered. 

“There’s an outside possibility this is a murder suicide but there could also be a suspect still outstanding,’’ Deras said. 

One man was detained, although it is not known why. Also, the grandmother of one of the victims was extremely upset and was removed from the scene by an ambulance Monday afternoon. Deras said a handgun was recovered near one of the bodies. 

Officers had been in contact with the family over the weekend. The reason for the visits was not known. 

Sat Hernandez, a neighbor, said the Portuguese family was quiet and kept to themselves. 

“The street is very quiet and peaceful. I’ve been really comfortable here for the past 22 years. I’ve never had one problem with one neighbor,’’ Hernandez said. 


Woman sues Taco Bell, claims food poisoning 

NAPA – A woman who said she was sickened by food from a Taco Bell in Napa is suing the chain seeking more than $25,000 for lost wages, medical care and compensation. 

Diana Franklin is one of nearly 100 area residents who complained to the Napa County Department of Environmental Management about food poisoning from the Taco Bell. The complaints centered on food served on Mother’s Day weekend at the chain’s Jefferson Street location. 

A department investigation placed the blame on workers who handled food with their bare hands, spreading a virus. 

The lawsuit called the food handling negligent.