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Actor Bill Nighy will receive Cinequest’s most prestigious award, the Maverick Spirit Award, on Wednesday in San Jose during the second day of the Cinequest Film and Creativity Festival, company officials said.

The presentation will coincide with the premier of the movie “Sometimes Always Never,” starring Nighy, at 7:15 p.m. at the California Theatre at 345 S. First St. in San Jose.

Mayor Sam Liccardo will speak at 7:10 p.m. and there will be a conversation with Nighy.

Nighy has had a career spanning four decades performing in plays, on TV and in films such as the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.”

A male student at Livermore High School was arrested on suspicion of stabbing another student Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Officers responded at about 3 p.m. to the school at 600 Maple St. where the stabbing occurred.

The injured student suffered injuries not considered life-threatening and was taken to a hospital.

Police said the stabbing appears to be an isolated incident so there is no danger to anyone else at the school.

Former state Sen. Quentin Kopp on Tuesday announced he’s resigning from the San Francisco Ethics Commission after having served as commissioner for more than two years, citing frustration with the commission’s practices.

Kopp, a former city supervisor, former state senator and retired San Mateo County judge, was first appointed to the Ethics Commission in 2016 by the Board of Supervisors to replace Brett Andrews. Kopp was then reappointed in 2017 for a six-year term.

Announcing his resignation at City Hall, Kopp, 90, said the commission was misleading the public in that its investigations into political corruption happening in the city are ultimately ineffective.

“What I have observed is almost an amateurish effort in regards to investigations,” he said, citing an investigation in which commission investigators failed to interview the subjects of an investigation under oath and instead interviewed the subjects’ lawyers.

Kopp also said the commission takes between two months to nearly a year to decide on whether it will proceed with an investigation. The lengthy process, he said, has left the commission with a backlog of between 70 and 80 unresolved investigations dating as far back as 2015.

A San Jose man has been charged in federal court with impersonating an agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration by wearing a gold-colored badge and pulling drivers over by flashing blue and red emergency lights on his Volkswagen sedan.

Alex Taylor, 49, was arrested outside his home on March 2. He was charged in federal court in San Jose Monday with impersonating a U.S. officer, illegally possessing an official badge and using a counterfeit seal of a U.S. agency.

The investigation resulted in part from two encounters Taylor had with off-duty officers who suspected he wasn’t following normal procedures for a DEA agent.

On Dec. 24, Taylor allegedly pulled over an off-duty U.S. Transportation Department agent on her way to Mass. After she questioned whether DEA agents could make traffic stops and write tickets, Taylor allegedly made a U-turn and drove away, according to an affidavit by FBI Agent Jason Cheng.

On Feb. 12, an off-duty Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputy watched a Volkswagen with flashing lights that didn’t appear to be normal government lights pull over a tow truck driver on state Highway 17.

San Francisco Giants outfielder Cameron Maybin was arrested Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz., suspected of driving while under the influence, according to police arrest records.

Maybin, 31, was arrested around 2:45 a.m. along North Scottsdale Road on suspicion of driving while impaired and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more.

Last month, the Giants announced Maybin had signed with them.

Maybin has played Major League Baseball for several teams, including the Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins and the Seattle Mariners.

In a separate matter, on Monday, Giants team officials announced President and CEO Larry Baer would take a leave of absence after a video surfaced last week showing him grabbing a phone from his wife during a fight near Octavia and Hayes streets, which caused Baer’s wife to fall to the ground.

A federal judge who’s presiding over a long-running Oakland police misconduct case has appointed an outside investigator to re-examine the fatal shooting of a homeless man with mental health issues who was fatally shot by four Oakland police officers last year.

The recent order by U.S. District Judge William Orrick indicates that there are differences of opinion between the Oakland Police Department and court-appointed monitor Robert Warshaw as to whether police officers involved in the shooting violated department policies or the law and whether any of them should face discipline.

In his brief order, Orrick said Warshaw recently briefed him about the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Joshua Pawlik in the 900 block of 40th Street at about 7 p.m. on March 11, 2018, and asked for the assistance of counsel in the matter.

However, Orrick said that in approving the appointment of San Francisco criminal defense lawyer Edward Swanson, who has investigated two other Oakland police controversies, he “expresses no opinions” on the Pawlik case.

Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris filed a wrongful death suit on behalf of Joshua Pawlik’s mother, Kelly Pawlik, last month alleging that officers had no justification for shooting Joshua Pawlik multiple times because he didn’t point a gun at them or threaten them in any way.

Two Martinez residents have been arrested on suspicion of homicide after a 77-year-old man in their care died last week of apparent neglect, police said Tuesday.

Officers and medical personnel responded to the 200 block of Escondido Drive, near the Martinez Reservoir, just before 10:30 a.m. Thursday on report of a man who had stopped breathing, and the victim was already dead when they arrived.

After investigators determined that the death was likely caused by neglect, police arrested two adults living at the residence with the decedent. Edmund Phillip St. John, 49, and 50-year-old Laura Ann Lawrence were both booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of manslaughter, elder abuse and child cruelty.

Police said Tuesday evening the suspects have since been charged with additional offenses, but that could not immediately be confirmed with prosecutors.

Due to inclement weather, Caltrans has indefinitely postponed repair work on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, where chunks of concrete started falling onto vehicles on the eastbound lower deck last month.

In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, Caltrans spokesman Jeff Weiss said that work will resume as soon as an extended period of dry weather is in the forecast.

That will be at least eight to 10 days, however, and possibly longer, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Rick Canepa said Tuesday evening that Bay Area residents can expect cool, showery weather off-and-on for at least the next week and a half.

“There’ll be some dry breaks, but just a few days between systems at most,” Canepa said.

The bridge was temporarily closed Feb. 7 after chunks of concrete started falling onto the lower deck, prompting major traffic delays and forcing commuters to reroute through San Francisco or wine country.

One of two suspects in a marijuana-related double homicide in a home near Sebastopol in 2016 was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court.

Maria Teresa Lebron, 31, of Philadelphia, Pa., did not enter pleas to two homicides, an attempted murder, burglary and robbery. She was represented Tuesday by Sonoma County Public Defender Kathleen Pozzi and is scheduled back in court March 19.

Her co-defendant, Robert L. Randolph, 30, also of Philadelphia, was arrested in Texas and is fighting extradition to Sonoma County.

They are charged with the murders during a burglary and robbery of Nathan Proto, 36, of Sebastopol, and John Jessie Mariana, 28, also from Philadelphia, and the attempted murder of Geena Gauthier – who was shot and survived.

Sonoma County sheriff’s investigators said Lebron and Randolph flew from Philadelphia to San Francisco on Oct. 13 and rented a Hyundai Sonata. The pair allegedly arranged for a large sale of marijuana with Mariana at Proto’s home.

A 30-year-old woman suffered injuries not considered life-threatening after being shot several times in one of her legs on Tuesday night in Vallejo, police said.

The shooting was reported near the intersection of Walnut Avenue and G Street on Mare Island around 9:26 p.m., according to Lt. Bob Knight. The woman was transported to NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield in stable condition. Her name wasn’t released.

Knight said there are no suspects or arrests in the case at this time. No further information was released.

Wednesday will be breezy with showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs will be in the upper 50s. South winds will be 20 to 30 mph, before becoming southwest winds at 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday night will be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 40s. West winds will be 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Highs will be in the lower 50s. West winds will be 5 to 15 mph, increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. The chance of showers is 20 percent.

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