Thursday Midday Roundup
Former SFPD Assistant Chief Found Dead Near Sheriff's Substation
A former San Francisco assistant police chief apparently committed suicide Wednesday evening outside a Sonoma County sheriff's substation, a sheriff's lieutenant said this morning.
The sheriff's office was notified at 7:45 p.m. of a despondent and potentially suicidal person who had left his home in a green Dodge Durango, Lt. Bret Sackett said.
Deputies from the sheriff's Sonoma Valley substation in Boyes Hot Springs began an immediate search for the SUV and found it at 8:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the substation, located at 810 Grove St., Sackett said.
Deputies found Morris Tabak, 59, of Sonoma Valley, dead of an apparent gunshot wound, Sackett said.
An autopsy is scheduled for today.
Tabak retired from the San Francisco Police Department in September 2010.
Memorial in Palo Alto Today for Bicyclist Killed in SF Last Week
A memorial service was under way this morning in Palo Alto for a woman who was killed while riding her bicycle in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood last week.
Amelie Le Moullac, 24, was struck and killed by a truck making a right turn at Folsom and Sixth streets on Aug. 14.
Le Moullac, a San Francisco resident, was remembered at an 11 a.m. service today at St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 600 Colorado Ave. in Palo Alto.
Le Moullac worked for the marketing firm Voce Communications, which has an office at 550 Third St. in San Francisco.
A message posted on Voce's website titled "Remembering Amelie" states, "We miss you dearly. We will miss your smile, your humor, your wit and your friendship. You are irreplaceable and unforgettable."
Many of those who knew Le Moullac commented on the post, recalling a kind, warm and positive young woman.
A man who said he was her eighth-grade teacher at St. Joseph's School of the Sacred Heart in Atherton remembered her "lighting up every room she entered."
In the wake of Le Moullac's death, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition held an event Wednesday morning at the intersection where she was killed and urged passing cyclists to sign letters to Mayor Ed Lee asking for safety improvements along Folsom Street.
Mayoral spokeswoman Christine Falvey responded, saying, "This was a tragic accident and reminds everyone that we have to share the road. Mayor Lee is working with transportation experts and the Bicycle Coalition on a number of longer term transportation initiatives that include bike safety and improvements to our streets to make them more safe."
Teen Tackled, Robbed of Home-Run Ball at Giants Game
A 16-year-old boy was tackled and robbed after catching a home-run ball at the San Francisco Giants game on Wednesday afternoon, a police spokesman said.
A man stole the ball from the teen at about 3 p.m. during the Giants' afternoon game against the Boston Red Sox, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.
The ball had been hit by Boston shortstop Stephen Drew and the teen snagged it, Esparza said.
Drew hit the three-run homer over the right-field wall in the seventh inning of the game at AT&T Park.
Afterward, a man came up from behind the boy, tackled him, pulled the boy's arm behind his back and took the ball, Esparza said.
The suspect is described as a black man between 35 and 40 years old who stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs roughly 230 pounds.
He was wearing a black baseball cap, a black T-shirt and black jeans.
He had not been found as of this morning, according to Esparza.
The boy was treated at the ballpark for pain to his right wrist but did not need to be taken to a hospital, Esparza said.
A video of the home run posted on MLB.com appears to show a scrum for the ball, after which a bald black man in a black jacket stood up and held the ball in the air.
A spokesperson for the Giants was not immediately available to comment on the incident. The Giants lost Wednesday's game to the Red Sox in a 12-1 rout.
Victim Expected to Suvive Morning Shooting in Tenderloin
A victim is expected to survive after being shot in the leg in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood this morning, a police spokesman said.
The shooting was reported shortly after 6 a.m. near the intersection of Turk and Taylor streets.
The victim was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.
Three male suspects were seen fleeing the scene in a silver vehicle, Esparza said.
The shooting prompted the closure of the intersection this morning, and buses were rerouted around the area.
Plans for Electric Bicycle Sharing Program Put Into Gear
Electric bicycles are coming to San Francisco and Berkeley next year as part of a bike-sharing pilot program approved by transportation officials Tuesday.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors gave the go-ahead to a $1.5 million grant to fund an electric bike-share program stemming from a partnership between City CarShare and the University of California at Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center.
City CarShare is a Bay Area nonprofit member-based car-sharing organization that serves San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and other East Bay cities.
In San Francisco, $740,000 will be diverted to the program, which will offer electric bicycles to City CarShare members at 20 stations in San Francisco and Berkeley.
The other portion of the money will be used in Berkeley, where the research group will monitor usage of the alternative travel option during the pilot that will end in 2018.
City CarShare will run and maintain the bicycles and stations.
Electric bicycles have a low-powered motor that allow riders to reach up to 20 mph.
SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said the program will launch in summer 2014.
Funding for the grant comes from the Federal Highway Administration.
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