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Dozens Of Immigrants' Rights Activists Encircle Bus At USCIS Office

Dozens of protesters have surrounded a bus believed to be filled with immigrants slated for deportation at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in San Francisco, a protest organizer said.

The protesters include dozens of undocumented immigrants and immigrants' rights advocates who are rallying for the expansion of a national movement to pressure President Barack Obama to halt immigrant deportations, according to Jon Rodney, a spokesman for the California Immigrant Policy Center.

The protesters are blocking what is believed to be a bus carrying immigrants to be deported from the USCIS office at 630 Sansome St., Rodney said.

The protest was blocking traffic at the intersection of Sansome and Washington streets, he said.

 

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Commuters Arranging Alternate Transit Plans For BART Strike Friday

With the likelihood of a BART strike effective Friday, many Bay Area commuters will have to find alternate ways to get to and from work and other destinations with the strike possibly extending into the weekend.

BART will provide a limited number of free roundtrip charter buses at nine East Bay BART stations starting Friday morning.

Buses will pick up ticketed passengers at El Cerrito del Norte, West Oakland, Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Dublin/Pleasanton, San Leandro, Hayward and Fremont stations starting at 5 a.m.

BART officials said there will be five to 15 buses at each station.

The buses will drop off passengers at San Francisco's Temporary Transbay Terminal.

On the return trip, riders will board buses between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the terminal.

Those buses will go to West Oakland, where transfers can be made to other buses heading to various East Bay destinations.

If the strike continues into the weekend, BART will provide three buses at the same nine East Bay stations and offer limited roundtrip direct bus service into San Francisco in the morning and evening.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which oversees the regional transit system, is advising those who are opting to get behind the wheel that bridges and roadways will be congested.

In an attempt to alleviate the crowded roadways, carpool lanes will have expanded hours starting at 5 a.m.

Carpooling, along with casual carpool pick-ups, is encouraged.

Parking lots at 33 BART stations will remain open during the strike and be free to use.

However, some parts of the parking facilities, such as elevators, may be closed because of the strike.

Most bus service on AC Transit buses will be on a regular schedule, however there will be additional transbay buses which will provide additional seats across the Bay Bridge.

Some bus stops located at East Bay BART stations will move to nearby streets.

San Francisco Municipal Railway service will be beefed up on "high priority corridors" which includes the 14-Mission bus lines and buses along the Caltrain station near Fourth and Townsend, and in the downtown and Financial District area, and on the J-Church Metro line.

Additional taxi stands will go up at four locations: the Temporary Transbay Terminal; on Folsom Street between Main and Spear streets; in front of the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero; and at the San Francisco Caltrain Station.

The San Francisco Bay Ferry will operate 12 boats instead of its usual eight during the week.

Two of the boats are on loan from the Golden Gate Ferry, which is running on a regular schedule from Marin County into San Francisco.

With the additional boats and more departure times, the ferry service will be able to carry up to 20,000 passengers instead of its average 6,000 per day.

At San Francisco International Airport, free shuttles will take passengers between the SFO BART station at the International terminal and the Millbrae Caltrain station and the San Francisco Bay Ferry dock in South San Francisco.

SamTrans will continue to run buses which will take passengers from the San Francisco Temporary Transbay Terminal to SFO.

AC Transit buses will connect passengers between the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART station and Oakland International Airport.

There will not be the usual AirBART bus shuttle available during the strike.

SamTrans buses will stop at all San Mateo County BART stations, while Caltrain service will stay on a normal schedule.

Caltrain officials said if trains reach capacity, more service may be added, if possible.

The MTC is also advising commuters to talk to employers about arranging flexible work schedules or telecommute for the day.

 

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Man Accused Of Mission District Killing Has Previous Murder Conviction

A man accused of fatally shooting his roommate in San Francisco's Mission District earlier this week has a prior murder conviction on his record, prosecutors said today.

Vincent Jacobo, 56, made his initial court appearance this afternoon after being charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon for the killing of 28-year-old Maurice White at about 4:30 a.m. Monday on Bartlett Street between 21st and 22nd streets.

Assistant District Attorney Scot Clark said Jacobo has a prior conviction in 1976 for another murder in San Francisco and told Judge Monica Wiley that it was "unique in my career" that someone convicted and sentenced for murder was arrested again for another killing.

"A leopard can't change his spots," Clark told reporters outside of court.

The prosecutor said surveillance footage in the area shows a man shooting White several times in the back as the victim ran away.

After White fell to the ground, the suspect "administers the coup de grace" and shot him one final time in the neck, Clark told the judge.

He said still photos taken from the video show that Jacobo was the shooter.

Deputy Public Defender Kwixuan Maloof said the footage, which was shown in the judge's chambers, was "very grainy" and depicts an older man as the shooter.

Maloof said the video wasn't "clear and convincing evidence" that Jacobo was the shooter since "there are countless older gentlemen in San Francisco."

Jacobo was arrested later Monday in the 1100 block of Valencia Street, police said.

He did not enter a plea today to the murder charge and was ordered by Wiley to be held with no opportunity for bail.

He will return to court on Monday morning.

Prosecutors and police have not released a possible motive for the shooting, which prompted the shutdown of a portion of Bartlett Street for much of Monday morning.

More details about the prior 1976 murder conviction were also not immediately released by the district attorney's office.

 

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Federal Mediators Call It Quits As BART Unions Announce Midnight Strike

A team of federal mediators bowed out of the BART contract negotiations today as union representatives announced that the talks have failed and workers will strike at midnight.

"I'm sorry, I'm regretful," Service Employees International Union Local 1021 President Roxanne Sanchez said at a news conference outside Caltrans offices on Grand Avenue in Oakland where negotiations have been taking place.

"The employer has been unwilling to reach an agreement or to settle these disputes without a strike," Sanchez said.

Federal mediator George Cohen said the two sides have reached agreements on "a number of very significant items that have previously separated them" but that sticking points remain and no one is budging.

"The parties were unable to bridge the gap," Cohen said. "Our efforts to do that at this point in time were not successful."

The three-person federal mediation team decided there was "nothing further we were able to do," he said.

The news conference came after a marathon 30-hour negotiating session.

"We came here at 10 o'clock yesterday morning. We have not left," Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 president Antonette Bryant said.

If no surprise agreement is reached before midnight, trains will not be running for the morning commute.

Trains already in operation at midnight will continue running until the normally scheduled end of service.

Bryant said she is "deeply disappointed" at the outcome of the marathon session but blamed management.

"We were this close and yet at the last minute they threw in a management rights clause to take away our rights as workers," she said. "Everything else was done. It should have been done."

"This is not an economic strike," Bryant said. "It is an unfair labor practices strike."

BART General Manager Grace Crunican then spoke, saying management had offered a 12 percent raise over four years, with workers paying a 4 percent pension contribution and a 9.5 percent increase in their health care contributions.

Crunican said the sticking points related to management's proposed work rules, which she said are essential to maintaining BART's effectiveness.

"As we've gone back and forth, the district made it clear that we had certain rights that we had to maintain in this package," she said.

Crunican said the rights laid out in the proposal give management the flexibility it needs to maintain an efficient system and cut out wasteful practices.

She gave an example of pay stubs, saying management needs the ability to have pay stubs delivered electronically rather than be required to have a worker deliver paper stubs to employees.

Crunican said BART management's offer will expire on Oct. 27 if the unions don't accept it.

Negotiators for management and the two unions also participated in lengthy bargaining sessions earlier this week.

Talks that began on Monday didn't end until 5:30 a.m. the following day, and talks that began on Tuesday afternoon lasted until about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

BART workers previously went on strike for four and a half days at the beginning of July, after their previous contract expired, but they have been at work since then as negotiations have continued.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has been at the table for some of the negotiations this week, and earlier this afternoon predicted that today could be a turning point toward a deal or worker walkout.

"You get to a point where you feel your back is up against the wall," Newsom told reporters at an unrelated event in San Francisco.

He said the unions could strike because "people will do things sometimes that are not in their best interest because they think there are no other alternatives."

Newsom said BART management representatives might feel like they have the support of the public, but if there's a strike, "no one's a winner."

"We can't allow that to happen," he said.

 

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Police Ask For Public's Help In Finding Missing Woman

San Francisco police are asking for the public's help in finding a 30-year-old woman who went missing earlier this month.

Marsandra Louise Richardson was last seen leaving her home in the 1100 block of Scott Street in the city's Western Addition neighborhood at about 10 p.m. on Oct. 4.

Richardson has no known medical or psychological disorders but there is still concern for her well-being, and police today released a photo in the hopes that someone will know her whereabouts.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department at (415) 553-0123 or Sgt. Victoria Sullivan at the department's Northern Station at (415) 614-3400.

 

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Union Square Reopens, Suspicious Package Report Deemed Meritless

San Francisco's Union Square is reopening this afternoon after being shut down for about two hours because of a report of a suspicious package, police said.

Officers responded around 11:45 a.m. to the report of the suspicious package near Powell and Stockton streets.

Occupants of businesses near Union Square were told to shelter in place while police investigated.

Investigators eventually determined that there was no merit to the report and deemed the area safe.

Streets were beginning to reopen as of about 1:45 p.m., police said.

San Francisco Municipal Railway service was also affected by the incident, with eastbound buses and streetcars not stopping in the area of Market and Fourth streets, Muni officials said.

 

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Suspicious Device Prompts Shelter-In-Place Order Near Union Square

A suspicious device has shut down San Francisco's Union Square this afternoon, according to police.

Police were notified about the object, which is at Powell and Stockton streets, around 11:45 a.m., police said.

Occupants of businesses around Union Square have been told to shelter in place.

Pedestrians and motorists have been advised to avoid the area.

Eastbound San Francisco Municipal Railway service will not stop in the area of Market and Fourth streets, according to Muni officials.

 

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Thursday Midday News Roundup

Redwood City Firefighters Gain Upper Hand On 6-Alarm Apartment Building Fire

Crews have controlled a six-alarm fire at a Redwood City apartment building that injured four people and displaced dozens this morning, a fire marshal said.

The fire was reported shortly after 5:15 a.m. at the Terrace Apartments, a four-story, 75-unit apartment building at 926 Woodside Road.

Redwood City Fire Marshal Jim Palisi said the fire was controlled shortly before 9 a.m. but that crews remained at the scene late this morning putting out hotspots.

Four adults were hurt in the fire and were taken to hospitals, Palisi said.

Two suffered moderate injuries and two suffered minor injuries.

He said the rescue effort was hectic but ultimately successful, with some people escaping the building on their own and others helped out by fire crews.

He said some residents climbed over balconies to get out.

The most significant damage was to the fourth floor, where the blaze appears to have started, Palisi said.

Late this morning, Woodside Road remained closed between Massachusetts Avenue and Gordon Street.

The American Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at the Red Morton Community Center at 1120 Roosevelt Ave. to assist those displaced, spokeswoman Cynthia Shaw said.

Shaw said breakfast was served to dozens of evacuated residents.

Other resources will be provided at the center throughout the day.

She said residents with pets should stop by the center to be connected with partner agencies that are helping pet owners.

The building is managed by Terrace Associates, Inc., which has properties throughout the Peninsula and South Bay region.

This morning's fire came several months after a fatal six-alarm fire burned at an apartment building just down the road.

That fire started at about 1:45 a.m. on July 7 at the Hallmark House Apartments, a 72-unit building at 531 Woodside Road, about half a mile from the Terrace Apartments.

One person was killed in that blaze and about 17 others were injured.

Marathon BART Negotiating Session Continuing Today

A marathon bargaining session between BART management and its two biggest labor unions that began Wednesday morning lasted all night and is continuing today, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.

Members of Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 are still threatening to go on strike if an agreement isn't reached on a new contract, but they have agreed to keep working and keep BART trains running while negotiations continue.

Asked how long the negotiating session will last, Trost said, "There's no schedule."

Management representatives, including BART General Manager Grace Crunican, and union leaders are still at the bargaining table, along with three federal mediators.

Trost said the mediators have imposed a gag order barring the parties from telling the news media and the public how the negotiations are going.

Negotiators also participated in lengthy bargaining sessions earlier this week.

Talks that began on Monday didn't end until 5:30 a.m. the following day, and talks that began on Tuesday afternoon last until about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The key issues in the contract talks are wages and employees' contributions for their health care and retirement plans.

BART workers previously went on strike for four and a half days at the beginning of July, after their previous contract expired, but they have been at work since then as negotiations have continued.

Visitors Invited To Return To National Parks After Shutdown Lifted

For the first time in more than two weeks, Bay Area residents and tourists are able to return to Alcatraz, Muir Woods and parts of the Golden Gate Park Recreation area that were closed because of the federal government shutdown.

These and other popular Bay Area destinations are among more than 400 national parks and monuments that have been off-limits to the public since the shutdown began on Oct. 1.

Park workers are returning to work today after Congress on Wednesday evening approved a deal to end the shutdown and prevent the federal government from defaulting on its financial obligations.

"After a 17-day shutdown, Congress has reached a short-term budget resolution that reopens the federal government, including our 401 national parks and monuments," National Parks Conservation Association Acting President Theresa Pierno said in a statement Wednesday night.

"We are grateful that the dedicated men and women of the National Park Service can return to their jobs serving the American public as stewards of some of America's most spectacular lands and significant historic sites," she said.

National parks have officially reopened and Alcatraz Cruises, the official government concessioner for tours of the historic island, announced it would resume normal trips to Alcatraz Island beginning 8:45 a.m. today.

Bay Area residents planning to visit Yosemite National Park this week will be able to check into accommodations or campsites at the park starting at noon today, park officials said.

Parents Whose Kids Sent Home For Wearing American Flag Shirts Headed To Appeals Court

A controversial incident in which several students at a Morgan Hill high school were sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo in 2010 is going before a federal appeals court in San Francisco today.

The parents of three of the Live Oak High School students claim their children's constitutional rights of free speech were violated.

They are appealing to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for reinstatement of their lawsuit, which was dismissed by now-retired U.S. District Judge James Ware of San Jose in 2011.

Ware said school officials were justified in taking their actions because they were responsible for students' safety and believed the flag-wearing students in danger of being harmed.

A three-judge panel of the appeals court was slated to hear 30 minutes of arguments on the parents' appeal at its San Francisco courthouse this morning and will issue a written ruling at a later date.

The case stems from an incident in which five Live Oak students wore American flag-themed shirts to the high school's Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 5, 2010.

The Mexican holiday commemorates a Mexican army victory over French forces in 1862.

School officials have said that because the same event resulted in verbal altercations and threats between Mexican-American and other students the previous year, they feared the American flag shirts could pose a risk of danger to the students wearing them.

Three of the flag-wearing students were given a choice of turning the shirts inside out or going home with excused absences, and opted to leave school.

Two others whose shirts had less prominent designs were eventually allowed to stay, but one was taken home by his mother.

The incident received local and nationwide media attention and former Morgan Hill Unified School District Superintendent Wesley Smith received 5,000 e-mails in an eight-hour period.

The lawsuit alleging violation of the students' rights was filed against the district, former Principal Nick Boden and former Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez in June 2010 by the parents of two students who were sent home and the student who was taken home by his mother.

If the appeals court revives the case, the parents would then be able to return to U.S. District Court in San Jose to seek a declaration that their children's rights were violated and an injunction requiring the district not to bar students from wearing patriotic messages in the future.

Fifth-Graders At Sunset Elementary Participate In 'Great California Shakeout'

Students at a San Francisco elementary school were among millions of people statewide who took the time this morning to "drop, cover and hold on" as part of a statewide earthquake drill on the 24th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake.

The 6.9-magnitude temblor struck the region on Oct. 17, 1989.

Sixty-three people were killed, and more than 3,700 injuries were reported in the aftermath of the quake.

Today, schools, businesses, community groups and other organizations participated in the Great California ShakeOut to mark the anniversary and prepare for the next big quake.

As many as 9.5 million Californians registered for the drill this year, with more than 352,000 San Francisco residents taking part, according to the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.

The drill is known as one of the biggest in the world, with participants dropping to the ground, taking cover under a sturdy object and holding on.

A class of fifth-graders at San Francisco's Sunset Elementary School on 41st Avenue crouched under their desks when an announcement went out over the loud speakers at their school at 10:17 a.m.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, Deputy Police Chief Lyn Tomioka and Supervisor Katy Tang also dropped to the ground and took cover.

After the drill, students filed out of the classroom and into the schoolyard, where they were commended for their efficiency.

Tang told the youngsters she was proud of them for practicing "so you can be more prepared."

She urged students to talk to their parents about having emergency supplies, such as an earthquake kit, ready at home.

Hayes-White told the students that the Department of Emergency Management is the "glue that holds everyone together if there's an emergency disaster."

"We're here today to tell you we're here for you," the chief said.

Ten-year-old Raymond, part of teacher Dylan Riley's fifth-grade class, said after the drill that he feels prepared for an earthquake.

He said his parents have told him stories about where they were on that shaky day in 1989.

He said he has water and food set aside at his house in case disaster strikes.

In San Jose, hundreds of students participated in the drill at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, which has an exhibit about earthquakes.

The children were visited by a pack of "zombies" from Great America's Halloween Haunt.

A ShakeOut drill was planned at Hayward City Hall, and numerous other events were scheduled throughout the Bay Area.

Man Convicted Of First-Degree Murder For 2012 Fatal Stabbing In SOMA

A man was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder for a fatal stabbing in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood last year, prosecutors said today.

A San Francisco Superior Court jury found Charles Robertson, 44, guilty of fatally stabbing 30-year-old Joseph Minozzi near Sixth and Stevenson streets shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2012, according to the district attorney's office.

Minozzi, a former Hayward resident who had recently moved to San Francisco, was with his girlfriend and had just purchased cigarettes at a store on Sixth Street when he encountered Robertson, who approached him aggressively, police and prosecutors said.

Robertson followed the victim onto Stevenson Street, where he stabbed him with a knife, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Robertson then met with a female acquaintance on Ninth Street and asked her to help him dispose of the knife and hide his jacket, and they both fled to Atlanta the next day using false identification.

The acquaintance was eventually located and she cooperated with investigators, helping them to find Robertson's jacket, prosecutors said.

Police arrested Robertson in Sacramento in February 2012.

Investigators also uncovered surveillance video taken in the area of the killing that helped lead to the conviction, prosecutors said.

The jury deliberated for one day before convicting Robertson, who faces 26 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 17, prosecutors said.

Minozzi, the victim, appeared in an episode of the ninth season of A&E's reality television show "Intervention."

The episode, which first aired in December 2010, focused on Minozzi's former girlfriend.

Man Accused Of Mission District Fatal Shooting Has Prior Murder Conviction

A man accused of fatally shooting another man in San Francisco's Mission District earlier this week has a prior murder conviction on his record, a district attorney's spokesman said today.

Vincent Jacobo, 56, is set to be arraigned this afternoon on charges of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, district attorney's office spokesman Alex Bastian said.

Jacobo allegedly fatally shot 28-year-old Maurice White at about 4:30 a.m. Monday on Bartlett Street between 21st and 22nd streets, police said.

He was arrested later that day in the 1100 block of Valencia Street.

According to court documents, Jacobo has a prior conviction in 1976 for another murder in San Francisco.

Bastian said additional information about the case was not immediately available but could be released at Jacobo's arraignment, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today at the Hall of Justice.

Good Samaritans Pull Man Who Fell Onto Train Tracks At Civic Center Bart Station

A young man who fell onto the tracks at a San Francisco BART station late Wednesday night was quickly pulled to safety by a good Samaritan.

At about 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday, as about two-dozen commuters waited for their trains on the platform of the Civic Center BART station, a young man with a skateboard appeared to fall suddenly onto the tracks.

Walnut Creek resident Amin Khan, 23, sprang up from a bench where he had been waiting for his train and jumped down onto the tracks after the man.

Khan and a handful of other good Samaritans scrambled to pull him back onto the platform, where another bystander called 911.

BART police officers arrived about a minute later and helped the man up.

The extent of his injuries was not immediately known.

Khan, who said he rarely rides BART, said he reacted instinctively after seeing the man fall.

"Anyone would've done the same thing," he said.

SFMTA Board Approves New Limited-Stop Bus Service On 5-Fulton Line

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's board of directors has approved a new pilot project to provide additional limited-stop bus service on a crowded bus line that runs from the city's Richmond District to downtown.

The board on Tuesday approved the new 5L-Fulton line, which is expected to provide between 20 and 30 percent more capacity during peak periods, SFMTA officials said.

The new line, which will require the reconfiguration of lanes and bus stops along certain stretches of the route, is expected to begin operating sometime this fall, agency spokesman Paul Rose said.

On weekdays until 7 p.m., buses on the 5L-Fulton line will make all stops between La Playa and Cabrillo streets and Fulton and Sixth Avenue, then limited stops between there and Market and McAllister streets, SFMTA officials said.

"With this pilot, we're making a smart investment in the 5-Fulton that will make it easier for riders to get from one end of the city to the other on one of the city's most utilized routes," SFMTA board chairman Tom Nolan said in a statement.

Alameda Crews Conducting Live Fire Training At Alameda Point

The Alameda Fire Department is conducting live fire training at Alameda Point today, and is warning residents that smoke will be visible in the area.

The training is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the Oakland Estuary on Panoramic Drive.

Monterery County Man Tells Father About Killing Girlfriend, Then Kills Himself

A Salinas man on Wednesday night called his father to report that he had killed his girlfriend before shooting himself to death, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.

At 8:53 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff's deputies responded to a call about shots fired at 309 Kelton Drive, just outside Salinas city limits, sheriff's officials said.

Responding deputies found Daniel Lucas Dacpano, 29, dead from a single gunshot wound outside his home at that address, according to the sheriff's office.

They also found the body of Guadalupe Alfaro, 26, of Salinas, inside her car, which was parked in the driveway outside the residence, deputies said.

Investigators learned that Dacpano had telephoned his father to tell him he had just killed Alfaro, according to the sheriff's office.

Dacpano then apparently shot and killed himself, sheriff's officials said.

The sheriff's office recovered a shotgun and a knife from the scene.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the deaths.

Los Gatos Police Ask Residents To Register Their Surveillance Systems To Help Solve Crimes

Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police are asking residents and business owners to register their surveillance cameras with the Police Department so that investigators can review their video footage in the event of a nearby crime.

The Police Department started a program called Los Gatos On Watch as a crime reduction tool to aid in investigations and deter criminals, according to police.

Surveillance cameras have helped police all over the country crack crimes ranging from burglaries to homicides, and Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police hope to use the community's cameras to solve local crimes, police said.

A resident's surveillance system assisted police in finding a vehicle associated with a home burglary that occurred on Feb. 8 on Vista Del Monte in Los Gatos, police said.

The most helpful surveillance camera systems have a minimum resolution of 720p and enough memory to hold several days' worth of images, but a lower-resolution camera would still be of assistance, according to police.

Residents and business owners who register their surveillance systems with the Police Department are being asked to position their cameras to record activity on the street and around front doors, police said.

Residents of Los Gatos and Monte Sereno may register their camera system with police online at www.joinonwatch.com or by contacting the department at (408) 354-6853.

Two Nabbed After Armed Robbery Of Audio Store In San Mateo

A witness description and a police officer's quick response resulted in the arrest of two armed robbery suspects who used a fake gun to hold up a San Mateo audio store on Tuesday evening, a police sergeant said.

San Mateo police Sgt. Dave Norris said Tyler Ehrman, 21, and Cameron Nickravesh, 22, both San Mateo residents, allegedly used a "realistic-looking replica handgun" to rob Tri Audio Sound at 700 N. San Mateo Drive, around 5 p.m. that day.

Responding police officers were told that the two suspects had fled in a gold or beige four-door Toyota Camry. Officer Joe Bonachita immediately hit the freeway and spotted the car on southbound U.S. Highway 101, according to Norris.

Bonachita followed the car off the highway and into Belmont, where the two suspects were apprehended with the help of Belmont police.

The replica handgun that was allegedly used in the crime was also located, according to Norris.

Ehrman and Nickravesh were arrested on suspicion of robbery and booked into San Mateo County Jail.

The storeowner, a 64-year-old Redwood City man, was not injured in the robbery.

Trio Arrested For 'Sophisticated' ID Theft, Fraud Operation In Benicia

Benicia police have arrested three people they believe were operating an extensive identity theft and fraud operation at two hotels in the city, a police lieutenant said today.

The suspects were allegedly operating out of rooms at the Best Western Plus Heritage Inn at 1955 East Second St. and the Holiday Inn Express at 1375 East Fifth St., Lt. Frank Hartig said.

All three suspects, Melinda Collins, Martisha Munoz and Keshan Branch, were arrested Saturday.

Collins, 30, of Fairfield, was arrested at the Holiday Inn on suspicion of 30 felony counts of forgery, possessing forged checks, manufacturing forged checks, identity theft and three drug possession charges, Hartig said.

Munoz, 26, of Vallejo, was taken into custody at the Heritage Inn on outstanding Solano County warrants for felony theft, and robbery and probation violations, Hartig said.

The third suspect, 41-year-old Branch, who has no permanent address, was arrested on a felony parole hold and on misdemeanor charges of interfering with police, giving false information to police and battery on a police officer, Hartig said.

The investigation began on Oct. 5 when housekeepers found items that are used to make counterfeit checks, ID cards and credit cards in a room at the Best Western, Hartig said.

Police responded and confiscated items included laptop computers, credit card skimmers, California drivers' licenses belonging to various people and a high-quality printer, Hartig said.

Munoz tried to pick up the confiscated items on Oct. 6 from the Best Western room she had rented.

She was denied because she did not have identification, and fled the hotel, Hartig said.

When she returned this Saturday to try again to pick up the items, police arrested her.

Munoz was with a male who gave police a name they couldn't immediately verify.

He told officers that his identification was at the Holiday Inn Express several blocks away, where he was staying, Hartig said.

At the Holiday Inn, police searched two rooms and found other people's banking information and California drivers' licenses, as well as evidence of check forgery, gift cards, marijuana, Vicodin and narcotics paraphernalia, Hartig said.

It was Collins who had rented the rooms, and she was arrested, police said. Police are looking for other suspects in the operation.

Highway 101 Lanes Reopen After Asphalt Spill

An asphalt spill blocked two lanes of southbound U.S. Highway 101 in the Rohnert Park area this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Caltrans crews were cleaning up the spill, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

The spill happened around 9 a.m. at Wilfred Avenue, and closed the two right lanes, Sloat said.

A Sig-alert was issued at 9:29 a.m.

The vehicle that spilled the hot asphalt is a double-belly dump truck, Sloat said.

Seat Belt Violation Leads To Driver's Arrest On Warrants In Sonoma County

A Cloverdale man got more than a ticket when he neglected to click it on Tuesday afternoon.

California Highway Patrol Officer Kimberly Lemons noticed that John Francis Avilla, 30, was not wearing his seat belt as he drove in front of her on northbound U.S. Highway 101 near Arata Lane in Windsor around 3:30 p.m., CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

When she pulled him over, Avilla verbally identified himself as his brother, then as one of his friends, before his true identity was determined, Sloat said.

Lemons learned that Avilla had three felony warrants for his arrest on drug charges, and that his license had been suspended in 2003 for DUI, according to Sloat.

He was booked into Sonoma County Jail for the warrants, driving on a suspended license and impersonating another to avoid prosecution, Sloat said.

 

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Fifth-Graders At Sunset Elementary Participate In 'Great California Shakeout'

Students at a San Francisco elementary school were among millions of people statewide who took the time this morning to "drop, cover and hold on" as part of a statewide earthquake drill on the 24th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake.

The 6.9-magnitude temblor struck the region on Oct. 17, 1989.

Sixty-three people were killed, and more than 3,700 injuries were reported in the aftermath of the quake.

Today, schools, businesses, community groups and other organizations participated in the Great California ShakeOut to mark the anniversary and prepare for the next big quake.

As many as 9.5 million Californians registered for the drill this year, with more than 352,000 San Francisco residents taking part, according to the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.

The drill is known as one of the biggest in the world, with participants dropping to the ground, taking cover under a sturdy object and holding on.

A class of fifth-graders at San Francisco's Sunset Elementary School on 41st Avenue crouched under their desks when an announcement went out over the loud speakers at their school at 10:17 a.m.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, Deputy Police Chief Lyn Tomioka and Supervisor Katy Tang also dropped to the ground and took cover.

After the drill, students filed out of the classroom and into the schoolyard, where they were commended for their efficiency.

Tang told the youngsters she was proud of them for practicing "so you can be more prepared."

She urged students to talk to their parents about having emergency supplies, such as an earthquake kit, ready at home.

Hayes-White told the students that the Department of Emergency Management is the "glue that holds everyone together if there's an emergency disaster."

"We're here today to tell you we're here for you," the chief said.

She added, "It's very cool that this school is part of the Great California ShakeOut."

Tomioka noted that the students are too young to remember the disastrous Loma Prieta earthquake, but she said, "I do remember the last earthquake. One day you will (experience) an earthquake and you will be ready."

Ten-year-old Raymond, part of teacher Dylan Riley's fifth-grade class, said after the drill that he feels prepared for an earthquake.

He said his parents have told him stories about where they were on that shaky day in 1989.

He said he has water and food set aside at his house in case disaster strikes.

Rob Dudgeon, deputy director of the DEM, emphasized the importance of practicing earthquake drills starting at a young age, much like fire drills.

"We know what to do," he said. "It's been ingrained in us."

In San Jose, hundreds of students participated in the drill at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, which has an exhibit about earthquakes.

The children were visited by a pack of "zombies" from Great America's Halloween Haunt.

A ShakeOut drill was planned at Hayward City Hall, and numerous other events were scheduled throughout the Bay Area.

 

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Marathon BART Negotiating Session Continuing Today

A marathon bargaining session between BART management and its two biggest labor unions that began Wednesday morning lasted all night and is continuing today, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.

Members of Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 are still threatening to go on strike if an agreement isn't reached on a new contract, but they have agreed to keep working and keep BART trains running while negotiations continue.

Asked how long the negotiating session will last, Trost said, "There's no schedule."

Management representatives, including BART General Manager Grace Crunican, and union leaders are still at the bargaining table, along with three federal mediators.

Trost said the mediators have imposed a gag order barring the parties from telling the news media and the public how the negotiations are going.

Negotiators also participated in lengthy bargaining sessions earlier this week.

Talks that began on Monday didn't end until 5:30 a.m. the following day, and talks that began on Tuesday afternoon last until about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The key issues in the contract talks are wages and employees' contributions for their health care and retirement plans.

BART workers previously went on strike for four and a half days at the beginning of July, after their previous contract expired, but they have been at work since then as negotiations have continued.

 

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Man Accused Of Mission District Fatal Shooting Has Prior Murder Conviction

A man accused of fatally shooting another man in San Francisco's Mission District earlier this week has a prior murder conviction on his record, a district attorney's spokesman said today.

Vincent Jacobo, 56, is set to be arraigned this afternoon on charges of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, district attorney's office spokesman Alex Bastian said.

Jacobo allegedly fatally shot 28-year-old Maurice White at about 4:30 a.m. Monday on Bartlett Street between 21st and 22nd streets, police said.

He was arrested later that day in the 1100 block of Valencia Street.

According to court documents, Jacobo has a prior conviction in 1976 for another murder in San Francisco.

Bastian said additional information about the case was not immediately available but could be released at Jacobo's arraignment, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today at the Hall of Justice.

 

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Man Convicted Of First-Degree Murder For 2012 Fatal Stabbing In SOMA

A man was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder for a fatal stabbing in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood last year, prosecutors said today.

A San Francisco Superior Court jury found Charles Robertson, 44, guilty of fatally stabbing 30-year-old Joseph Minozzi near Sixth and Stevenson streets shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2012, according to the district attorney's office.

Minozzi, a former Hayward resident who had recently moved to San Francisco, was with his girlfriend and had just purchased cigarettes at a store on Sixth Street when he encountered Robertson, who approached him aggressively, police and prosecutors said.

Robertson followed the victim onto Stevenson Street, where he stabbed him with a knife, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Robertson then met with a female acquaintance on Ninth Street and asked her to help him dispose of the knife and hide his jacket, and they both fled to Atlanta the next day using false identification.

The acquaintance was eventually located and she cooperated with investigators, helping them to find Robertson's jacket, prosecutors said.

Police arrested Robertson in Sacramento in February 2012. Investigators also uncovered surveillance video taken in the area of the killing that helped lead to the conviction, prosecutors said.

The jury deliberated for one day before convicting Robertson, who faces 26 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 17, prosecutors said.

Minozzi, the victim, appeared in an episode of the ninth season of A&E's reality television show "Intervention."

The episode, which first aired in December 2010, focused on Minozzi's former girlfriend.

 

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Man Robbed At Gunpoint In Pac Heights Early This Morning

A man was robbed at gunpoint in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood early this morning, police said.

The robbery was reported at about 12:05 a.m. near Pierce and Sacramento streets.

The victim, a man in his 30s, was walking along Pierce Street when a suspect approached with a gun and ordered him to get on the ground and hand over his belongings, according to police.

The victim complied, giving his cellphone and wallet to the suspect, who fled with another man, police said.

The suspects, two men believed to be in their 20s, had not been found as of this morning, according to police.

The victim was not injured in the robbery.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or to send a tip by text message to TIP411 with "SFPD" in the message.

 

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'Great California Shakeout' To Prepare Bay Area Residents For Next Big Quake

Many Bay Area residents will "drop, cover and hold on" as part of a statewide earthquake drill this morning on the 24th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake.

The 6.9-magnitude temblor struck the region on Oct. 17, 1989.

Sixty-three people were killed, and more than 3,700 injuries were reported in the aftermath of the quake.

Today, schools, businesses, community groups and other organizations are participating in the Great California Shakeout to mark the anniversary and prepare for the next big quake.

The drill, which takes place at 10:17 a.m., is known as one of the biggest in the world, with millions dropping to the ground, taking cover under a sturdy object and holding on.

Students at San Francisco's Sunset Elementary School on 41st Avenue will be among those taking part.

They will be joined by San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, Deputy Police Chief Lyn Tomioka and Supervisor Katy Tang.

In San Jose, hundreds of students will participate in the drill at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, which has an exhibit about earthquakes.

The children will be visited by a pack of "zombies" from Great America's Halloween Haunt.

A ShakeOut drill is also planned at Hayward City Hall, and numerous other events are scheduled throughout the Bay Area.

 

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SFMTA Board Approves New Limited-Stop Bus Service On 5-Fulton Line

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's board of directors has approved a new pilot project to provide additional limited-stop bus service on a crowded bus line that runs from the city's Richmond District to downtown.

The board on Tuesday approved the new 5L-Fulton line, which is expected to provide between 20 and 30 percent more capacity during peak periods, SFMTA officials said.

The new line, which will require the reconfiguration of lanes and bus stops along certain stretches of the route, is expected to begin operating sometime this fall, agency spokesman Paul Rose said.

On weekdays until 7 p.m., buses on the 5L-Fulton line will make all stops between La Playa and Cabrillo streets and Fulton and Sixth Avenue, then limited stops between there and Market and McAllister streets, SFMTA officials said.

"With this pilot, we're making a smart investment in the 5-Fulton that will make it easier for riders to get from one end of the city to the other on one of the city's most utilized routes," SFMTA board chairman Tom Nolan said in a statement.

 

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Thursday Morning News Roundup

BART Trains To Run Thursday Amid Ongoing Labor Negotiations

Federal mediators overseeing labor negotiations between BART management and union leaders announced for the second consecutive night that BART trains would run this morning as talks continue.

For the fifth time in the past week, the public was informed that a threatened BART strike would be averted for the following day.

The transit agency's managers and representatives from its two largest worker unions were set at the bargaining table Wednesday night as both sides attempt to reach an agreement on new employee contracts.

Visitors Invited To Return To National Parks After Shutdown Lifted

For the first time in more than two weeks, Bay Area residents and tourists will be able to return to Alcatraz, Muir Woods and parts of the Golden Gate Park Recreation area that were closed due to the federal government shutdown.

These and other popular Bay Area destinations are among more than 400 national parks and monuments that have been off-limits to the public since the shutdown began on Oct. 1.

Park workers are preparing to return to work today after a congressional vote Wednesday evening that approved a deal to end the shutdown and prevent the federal government from defaulting on its financial obligations.

"After a 17-day shutdown, Congress has reached a short-term budget resolution that re-opens the federal government, including our 401 national parks and monuments," National Parks Conservation Association Acting President Theresa Pierno said in a statement Wednesday night.

"We are grateful that the dedicated men and women of the National Park Service can return to their jobs serving the American public as stewards of some of America's most spectacular lands and significant historic sites," she said.

National parks have officially reopened as of Wednesday night and Alcatraz Cruises, the official government concessioner for tours of the historic island, announced it would resume normal trips to Alcatraz Island beginning at 8:45 a.m.

Bay Area residents planning to visit Yosemite National Park this week will be able to check into accommodations or campsites at the park starting at noon, park officials said.

Gov. Brown Appoints Panel To Investigate AC Transit Labor Strike

Gov. Jerry Brown has temporarily averted an AC strike that could have started at midnight by beginning a process that could result in a 60-day cooling-off period.

Brown announced Wednesday afternoon that he is appointing a three-member board to investigate the labor dispute.

The board will provide Brown with a written report within seven days.

AC Transit workers are barred by law from striking during that seven-day period, according to Brown's office.

The board will consist of chairman Peter Southworth, deputy secretary and general counsel at the California Transportation Agency; Josie Camacho, executive secretary of the Alameda Labor Council; and Micki Callahan, director of human resources for the city of San Francisco.

Brown said in a letter to AC Transit management and the union that he is appointing the board because a potential AC Transit strike "threatens to disrupt public transportation services and endanger the public's health, safety or welfare."

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, which represents about 1,800 bus drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, clerical and other workers issued a 72-hour notice on Monday that it planned to go on strike on today if no agreement were reached.

In response, the bus agency's management asked Brown to declare a 60-day cooling-off period.

Brown spokesman Evan Westrup explained earlier today that at the end of the board's weeklong inquiry, the governor could seek a 60-day cooling-off period if he deems that step appropriate.

He would need to request a court order to do so.

A similar process was followed when BART management sought and was granted a cooling-off period in its labor dispute this summer.

In the meantime, negotiators for AC Transit and ATU Local 192 will head back to the bargaining table at 5 p.m. today to make another attempt to try to reach a labor agreement.

It will be the first bargaining session since Sept. 25, when management and union leaders reached a tentative agreement.

However, the union's members rejected that agreement in a vote on Oct. 1. Union also members also rejected a previous tentative agreement in August.

Shortly before Brown announced the formation of the board, ATU Local 192 President Yvonne Williams said the union's strike notice was still in effect but that the union had agreed to go back to the bargaining table.

"We will always try, up until the very last minute," Williams said.

Asked what she thought about having a cooling-off period, Williams said, "It's in the governor's hands now. We haven't spoken to him."

AC Transit logs about 200,000 bus rides daily in its service areas in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

The bus agency's management says it is offering its employees a 9.5 percent pay hike over three years.

San Jose Teen Sisters Found Safe After Going Missing Sunday Night

Two teenage girls who went missing Sunday night have been found safe and are now with their mother, according to the San Jose Police Department.

The girls' father, Chuck Dorcich, said he was overjoyed to learn that his children were safe, even though he still doesn't know why they left or where they have spent the past two and a half days.

"I don't know, and at this point, I don't care," said Dorcich, a San Jose-based TV producer. "They are not sick, they are not hurt. It's time for the healing to begin and (for them to) get the rest they need."

Dorcich had asked for the public's help in locating his daughters Madeline, 16, and Emily, 13, after he could not find them when he went to pick them up Sunday evening at Del Mar High School in San Jose.

The girls had attended a Sunday night church service at the high school and were seen at about 7:30 p.m. but were not there when he arrived later in the evening, Dorcich said.

He filed a missing-persons report with San Jose police that night.

San Jose police spokesman Office Albert Morales said today that police have determined the incident was "related to a child custody matter that will have to be resolved in family court."

As of Wednesday afternoon, the girls were with their mother, the case is closed and police will take no further action, Morales said.

Dorcich said the girls did not show up for classes at their school, Valley Christian High School at 100 Skyway Drive in San Jose, while they were gone.

He said the ordeal gave him empathy for parents whose children have gone missing.

"You assume the worst," Dorcich said.

Parents Whose Kids Sent Home For Wearing American Flag Shirts Headed To Appeals Court

A controversial incident in which several students at a Morgan Hill high school were sent home for wearing American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo in 2010 will go before a federal appeals court in San Francisco today.

The parents of three of the Live Oak High School students claim their children's constitutional rights of free speech were violated.

They are appealing to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for reinstatement of their lawsuit, which was dismissed by now-retired U.S. District Judge James Ware of San Jose in 2011.

Ware said school officials were justified in taking their actions because they were responsible for students' safety and believed the flag-wearing students in danger of being harmed.

A three-judge panel of the appeals court will hear 30 minutes of arguments on the parents' appeal at its San Francisco courthouse this morning and will issue a written ruling at a later date.

The case stems from an incident in which five Live Oak students wore American flag-themed shirts to the high school's Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 5, 2010.

The Mexican holiday commemorates a Mexican army victory over French forces in 1862.

School officials have said that because the same event resulted in verbal altercations and threats between Mexican-American and other students the previous year, they feared the American flag shirts could pose a risk of danger to the students wearing them.

Three of the flag-wearing students were given a choice of turning the shirts inside out or going home with excused absences, and opted to leave school.

Two others whose shirts had less prominent designs were eventually allowed to stay, but one was taken home by his mother.

The incident received local and nationwide media attention and former Morgan Hill Unified School District Superintendent Wesley Smith received 5,000 e-mails in an eight-hour period.

Smith later said the school's reaction was "extremely unfortunate" and said the district does not prohibit or discourage students from wearing patriotic clothing.

The lawsuit alleging violation of the students' rights was filed against the district, former Principal Nick Boden and former Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez in June 2010 by the parents of two students who were sent home and the student who was taken home by his mother.

If the appeals court revives the case, the parents would then be able to return to U.S. District Court in San Jose to seek a declaration that their children's rights were violated and an injunction requiring the district not to bar students from wearing patriotic messages in the future.

Richmond Man Arrested For Weekend Homicide With Witnesses' Help

Witnesses and community members' tips led to the arrest of a suspect in the fatal shooting of a young man in Richmond on Sunday.

Officers arrested William Chamberlain, 37, of Richmond, on Monday evening, about 24 hours after he allegedly shot and killed Samuel Morales, 24, Capt. Mark Gagan said.

Police said around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Morales was driving on Harbor Way when he was shot, causing him to crash into a tree about three blocks away.

He died at the scene. Gagan said Chamberlain was identified almost immediately as a suspect in the killing, and investigators learned the 37-year-old man had apparently had a feud with Morales leading up to the murder.

The captain credited witnesses and community members who came forward with information for Chamberlain's speedy arrest.

"Community involvement...really is the most important factor in being able to solve murders," he said.

Morales's death marks Richmond's 17th homicide this year, including the fatal shooting a 34-year-old San Pablo man at the Richmond BART station, which was handled by BART police.

UC Berkeley Police Working To Thwart Robberies After Series Of Recent Crimes

Four armed robberies have occurred on or near the University of California at Berkeley campus in the past week, and police are beefing up patrols and reminding students to remain vigilant.

The latest robbery was reported around 7:40 a.m. Tuesday.

A male student told police he had been walking north on the path between North Gate and University Drive at about 7:15 a.m. when two men approached him.

The suspects demanded his property and one showed the victim the handle of a gun in his pocket, according to police.

The victim gave up his belongs and the suspects ran away toward Hearst Avenue.

The victim was not injured.

Police searched the area for the suspects, but they were not found.

The first was described as a black man between the ages of 18 and 20, standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build.

He had some facial hair on his chin and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

The second suspect was also black, and between 20 and 23 years old standing about 6 feet tall.

He had a slender build and was armed with a black handgun.

The armed robbery follows three others since last Thursday.

A 57-year-old female university employee was mugged by a suspect with a gun around 5:30 a.m. last Thursday near Berkeley Way and Oxford Street.

Later that day, a 19-year-old female student was held up at a bus stop at 2424 Channing Way, near Telegraph Avenue.

On Sunday night, a student's phone was taken at gunpoint by two men near the Moffitt Library on campus.

UC Berkeley police Lt. Marc DeCoulode said series of crimes is "unusual."

He said police have adjusted staffing to have more officers patrolling campus, particularly in the early morning and evening hours.

DeCoulode noted that although none of the robberies have resulted in serious injury, there is always that possibility when weapons are involved.

He advised students, faculty and staff to be aware of their surroundings when walking in the campus area.

One of the victims was targeted for a phone, he said, which serves as a reminder to put away electronics while walking.

He said many of these robberies are likely opportunistic.

"It's just one of those cases where we have some people out and they have the opportunity," he said.

Fliers have been posted on campus about the increase in robberies, and alerts have gone out through an online system to warn the community about the crimes, Decoulode said.

UC Berkeley police Lt. Eric Tejada called the robberies "troubling."

They are being investigated to see if there are any connections but no links have been found so far, police said.

Weather Forecast For The San Francisco Bay Area

Sunny skies are likely in the Bay Area this morning.

Highs are likely to be in the mid 60s to upper 70s, with winds up to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Clear skies are expected this evening.

Lows are likely to be in the lower 50s, with southwest winds up to 15 mph.

Sunny skies are likely Friday morning.

Highs are expected to be in the lower 70s, with westerly winds up to 10 mph in the afternoon.

 

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Inmate Arrested For Napa County Wal-Mart Burglary And Armed Robbery

A Contra Costa County Jail inmate was arrested Wedneday on suspicion of burglary and armed robbery at an American Canyon Wal-Mart store last month.

Omar Hussein Abedelal, 32, of Fairfield, is suspected of loading $200 of merchandise in a shopping cart inside the Wal-Mart and "returning" it for a gift card on Sept. 23, Napa County sheriff's Capt. Tracey Stuart said.

Store security staff watched the male suspect load the cart and get the gift card, then confronted the suspect outside the store.

The suspect pointed a silver-colored pistol at the security employees and fled in a dark gray 1980s Honda Civic, Stuart said.

Napa sheriff's detectives compared photos of the suspect taken from a Wal-Mart video to photos of people on parole and identified Abedelal as the suspect, Stuart said.

Detectives learned he was currently in the Contra Costa County West Detention Center for a similar crime and interviewed him Wednesday, Stuart said.

He was taken into custody for burglary, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during a commission of a felony at the Wal-Mart store.

His bail was set at $740,000, Stuart said.

 

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Weather Forecast For The San Francisco Bay Area

Sunny skies are likely in the Bay Area this morning.

Highs are likely to be in the mid 60s to upper 70s, with winds up to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Clear skies are expected this evening.

Lows are likely to be in the lower 50s, with southwest winds up to 15 mph.

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Man Injured In Stabbing Outside Mission District Bar

Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred outside a bar in San Francisco's Mission district early this morning.

Shortly before 2 a.m. officers responded to a fight in front of a bar near the intersection of 26th and Mission streets.

According to police, the fight involved five males against one male.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the victim with several gashes to his face.

The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

No suspects are in custody this morning, according to police.

 

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Good Samaritans Pull Man Who Fell Onto Train Tracks At Civic Center Bart Station

A young man who fell onto the tracks at a San Francisco BART station late Wednesday night was quickly pulled to safety by good Samaritans.

At about 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday, as about two dozen commuters waited for their trains on the platform of the Civic Center BART station, a young man with a skateboard appeared to fall suddenly onto the tracks.

Walnut Creek resident Amin Khan, 23, sprang up from a bench where he'd been waiting for his train and jumped down onto the tracks after the man.

Khan and a handful of other good Samaritans scrambled to pull him back onto the platform, where another bystander called 911.

BART police officers arrived about a minute later and helped the man up. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known.

Khan, who said he rarely rides BART, said he reacted instinctively after seeing the man fall.

"Anyone would've done the same thing," he said.

 

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