Three Stabbed on Saturday Morning in San Jose
Three male victims were stabbed early Saturday morning in San Jose, a police sergeant said.
Officers reported to the area of South Ninth and Reed streets at about 2:45 a.m. after receiving a report of a fight involving multiple males, Sgt. Jason Dwyer said.
The three victims were transported to a hospital with injuries that were not considered to be life threatening.
At about 3:55 a.m., a fourth male victim connected to the fight walked into a hospital with a small laceration, Dwyer said.
No arrests were made.
It is unknown whether the brawl was gang related.
MS-13 Gang Members On Trial For Racketeering And Murder, Among Others
After four months of testimony, a massive racketeering and murder conspiracy trial of seven MS-13 gang members in federal court in San Francisco is due to begin winding up Monday with closing arguments. U.S. District Judge William Alsup set the closing for Monday after prosecutors rested their rebuttal case Friday morning and defense attorneys said they too had no more witnesses.
The closing arguments by federal prosecutors and seven defense lawyers are expected to last all week. Alsup told attorneys he expects the jurors to start deliberating Aug. 15 after he completes giving their instructions.
The defendants, most of whom are in their early 20s, were members of a branch of the MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, gang centered on the neighborhood of 20th and Mission streets in San Francisco.
All seven are accused of conspiring to racketeer, or participate in organized crime, and conspiring to commit murder in aid of racketeering.
Three are also charged with carrying out a total of four gunshot murders on San Francisco streets in 2008.
The racketeering conspiracy charge carries a sentence of up to life in prison if the defendants are convicted and the murder charges carry a mandatory life sentence. The U.S. Department of Justice decided not to seek the death penalty for the murders.
Prosecutions allege the racketeering acts included murder, attempted murder, assault, robbery, extortion and drug dealing.
They contend the gang thrived on a culture of violence, in which members maintained and increased their gang stature by hunting, attacking and killing members or perceived members of rival gangs.
The seven men on trial are among 34 gang members and associates who were charged in four successive versions of an indictment in 2008 and 2009.
Eighteen others have pleaded guilty to various charges and been sentenced, and one was acquitted of charges of participating in a stolen car ring. The others are awaiting trial or sentencing.
Saturday Morning Shooting In Concord
A 19-year-old man was shot Saturday morning in Concord, according to police.
Officers went to the 1900 block of San Vincente Drive at about 1:30 a.m. after getting a report of a party with possible gunshots or fireworks heard in the area.
When they arrived, officers found the shooting victim. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
A woman shot to death early Saturday morning in Oakland has been identified as Antioch resident Lashawna Candies, police said.
Candies, 25, was in a car with another woman traveling west near the 8700 block of B street around 1:30 a.m. when at least two suspects standing near the street opened fire, police said.
Both women were hit. They managed to drive another block before their car crashed.
Paramedics were unable to revive Candies and she was declared dead at the scene. The other woman was taken to a local hospital, where she is listed in stable condition.
Man Arrested For Hitting Sister In The Mission
A man who allegedly struck his sister and brandished a gun at her was arrested Saturday afternoon in the Mission District, police said.
Police were called to a home on the 1300 block of Treat Street around noon after the siblings fought, Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.
The sister was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and the suspect fled to another home on the 2900 block of Folsom Street.
Witnesses told police that they saw the suspect entering the home with something in his hand, but police could not make contact with the suspect, Andraychak said. Police negotiators and tactical team members attempted to contact the suspect for some time before forcing an entry around 4 p.m.
The suspect was not inside the house, but was spotted hiding in the back yard of a neighboring home on the 2900 block of Treat Street and taken into custody.
The suspect is believed to have also punched his sister Friday night at the home on the 1300 block of Treat Street. Police have since recovered a replica BB gun at that location which is thought to be the weapon he brandished at his suspect, Andraychak said.
9-Year-Old Injured In Hit-And-Run Is Improving
A 9-year-old boy who was injured during a hit-and-run in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood Thursday remained in critical condition Saturday, according to a San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman.
Ryan White's condition is improving. No further details were released Saturday.
Hayward resident Andrew Vargas, 21, was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence in connection with the incident, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.
Ryan was walking ahead of a family member while crossing Mission Street around 10:30 p.m. when he was struck by a white pickup truck turning left onto Mission Street. The truck had been driving north on New Montgomery Street, which is a one-way southbound street, police said.
Vargas allegedly didn't stop after hitting Ryan, and continued west on Mission Street before hitting numerous other cars. He then drove onto a nearby highway, police said.
Vargas was stopped in Hayward around 11:30 p.m. after his pickup was spotted by local police.
Witnesses identified him and his truck as those involved in the hit-and-run, and a preliminary screening indicated his blood alcohol level was above the legal limit, Dangerfield said.
Antioch Police Detain 35 Minors During Curfew Sweep
Officers in Antioch detained 35 minors during a curfew sweep Friday night and early Saturday morning.
The Antioch Police Department and REACH Project Inc., an addiction treatment center that also runs a youth intervention program, collaborated in the sweep, which began at 11 p.m. Friday and ended Saturday at 3 a.m.
The minors were brought into the Police Department's processing center and turned over to REACH Project staff who counseled them before releasing them to their parents or guardians.
Police Crack Down On Pedestrian Safety Violations In SOMA
Police are cracking down on pedestrian safety violations in the South of Market area in the coming week.
Members of the Southern Station Community Police Advisory Board handed out fliers to raise pedestrian awareness at Fifth and Market streets Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Police will conduct enforcement operations at that intersection starting Monday, using officers on cars, on motorcycles and on foot.
The safety campaign will be expanded to other southern parts of the city in future weeks.
Three Men Involved In South San Francisco Robbery And Assault
Three suspects broke into a South San Francisco home and assaulted a man inside Thursday morning, police said.
Three men forced their way into the garage of a home in the 400 block of Lux Avenue around 10:15 a.m. During the robbery, one suspect pistol-whipped the 21-year-old victim on his head and ordered him to the ground while the other two suspects searched the garage and a bedroom, police said.
The victim's small cut isn't life threatening, according to police.
The suspects are believed to have been seen leaving the area in an older model dark brown or maroon Buick. The last three digits of the license plate are 198, police said.
The investigation is ongoing as police search for the suspects.
The first suspect is described as a Hispanic man with a medium complexion, 5 feet 9 inches tall with an average build. He was wearing dark jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt and a dark bandana covering his face.
A second suspect is described as a black man with a dark complexion, 5 feet 9 inches tall with a slender build, wearing dark jeans, a white T-shirt under a black hooded sweatshirt and a dark bandana over his face.
Police described a third suspect as a 6-foot-tall man with a light complexion, a heavyset build and wearing dark jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt and a dark bandana covering his face.
Police said the preliminary investigation indicates that the victim's residence was targeted and not chosen at random for the robbery.
75-Year-Old Santa Cruz Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Possession And Use Of Narcotics
A 75-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of having narcotics for sale and being under the influence of a narcotic after he was pulled over for vehicle code violations in Santa Cruz, according to Santa Cruz County Sheriff's officials.
A deputy initially stopped a blue Jeep pickup truck for vehicle code violations at Pryce and Ocean streets, but then arrested the driver, later identified as Felton resident Jack Smith, for allegedly being under the influence of a controlled substance, sheriff's officials said.
A K9 officer's dog, Ari, sniffed for any narcotics in the truck and found 9 grams of cocaine, 4 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, more than $300 in cash, packaging materials and other items used to sell cocaine and meth, the sheriff's office said.
Smith was arrested on suspicion of possessing narcotics for sale and being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to officials.
Gilroy Police Arrest Man Suspected Of Illegally Growing Marijuana
Gilroy police arrested a man and identified a suspect in two separate cases this week on suspicion of illegally cultivating marijuana indoors.
Around 5 p.m. on Thursday, officers served a search warrant at a home in the 600 block of Johnson Way after receiving tips the home was being used to cultivate marijuana, according to police.
Officers were not able to find any marijuana plants and believe that the suspect may have processed the marijuana.
Detectives did, however, spot signs of marijuana cultivation. PG&E determined that someone had tampered with the home's electrical power to facilitate the cultivation, and officers came across a "large amount" of marijuana cultivation equipment and material, according to police.
No one was at the home when the search warrant was served. Police are continuing to investigate leads and have identified a suspect in the case, but are withholding the suspect's name pending further investigation.
At about 9 p.m. on Wednesday, firefighters responded to a blaze at a home in the 6400 block of Church Street, police said.
As part of their investigation into the cause of the fire, investigators conducted a safety inspection and found that the home's electrical power had not been tampered with.
They found, however, multiple marijuana plants and determined that a man set the fire intentionally in the garage, police said.
During a search of the home, police officers found and seized nearly 120 starter marijuana plants, worth an estimated $120,000, as well as marijuana cultivation equipment and material.
Officers arrested Khang Hoang, a 34-year-old San Jose resident, on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana, sales of marijuana, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.
Police believe the two cases are not related.
101 Freeway Closure Between Belmont And San Mateo
U.S. Highway 101 will be closed between Belmont and San Mateo in the coming week to allow for the painting of the Ralston Avenue bicycle and pedestrian overpass in Belmont.
Northbound Highway 101 will be closed for four consecutive nights between the Ralston Avenue/Marine Parkway exit and Hillsdale Boulevard for 3 and a half hours from 12:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. from Monday, Aug. 8 through Thursday, Aug. 11. Traffic will be detoured via Ralston Avenue, El Camino Real and Hillsdale Boulevard.
Southbound 101 will be closed from 1 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. from Monday, Aug. 15 through Thursday, Aug. 18. Traffic will be detoured via Hillsdale Boulevard, El Camino Real and Ralston.
The bike overcrossing is a City of Belmont project.
Only One Way Of Traffic Open On Highway 1 In West Marin County
Starting Monday, only one way of traffic on a stretch of state Highway 1 in west Marin County will be open to allow crews to repave the highway, Caltrans officials said.
During only weekday hours, crews will repave the highway with a fresh coat of asphalt concrete.
The area affected by repaving is six miles north of Panoramic Highway to four miles south of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Olema, Caltrans officials said.
The repaving project is expected to be complete by mid-September, officials said.
San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast
The Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy today, with patches of fog and drizzle in the morning. Highs near 60 degrees and west winds 10 to 20 mph are anticipated.
This evening is expected to be partly cloudy before becoming mostly cloudy tonight. Patchy fog and light rain are expected after midnight.
West winds 15 to 20 mph and lows in lower 50s are also expected.
Monday is likely to be mostly cloudy in the morning before becoming sunny. Forecasters predict highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s, with west winds 10 to 15 mph.