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Two Men Attacked In Excelsior Robbery

Two men who were helping a friend move were attacked during a robbery in the garage of a home in San Francisco's Excelsior District on Tuesday evening, police said.

The robbery was reported at 7:38 p.m. in the 500 block of Vienna Street.

The two victims, both 32, were in the garage when two suspects entered, one armed with a handgun, according to police.

The armed suspect pistol-whipped one of the victims while the other punched the second victim in the face, police said.

The suspects, two men in their early 20s, left after stealing one of the men's wallets. They had not been found as of this morning, according to police.

The man struck with the handgun was taken to a hospital to be treated for broken teeth, a laceration to his head and a split lip. His injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said.

The other man declined medical treatment.   

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

 

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Update: Woman Drags Truck Driver To Safety After Fiery Highway 101 Crash

A woman who witnessed a fiery crash involving a big-rig on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco early this morning is being lauded for saving a life after she dragged the unconscious truck driver to safety.

The crash occurred around 5 a.m. where the highway crosses over 16th Street, near Interstate Highway 80, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Keenia Williams, 22, was honored by fire and CHP officials at a noon news conference at the CHP's San Francisco headquarters for her heroic actions.

"Seconds count in accidents like this, and without your bravery, the situation would've been entirely different," San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said.

Williams, a San Francisco resident, said she was driving her 5-year-old daughter to school when she looked in her rearview mirror and saw a black vehicle spin out, another car hit it, then saw the big-rig slam into the cars and overturn.

Williams said she then saw the driver of the cement truck get out of the car and pass out on the ground as fuel from the crashed big-rig caught fire a short distance away.

She said she stopped her car and "my first instinct was to run over there, put my arms under his arms and drag him all the way to my car."

Williams got water and poured it on the truck driver's face. The driver, later identified as 52-year-old Concord resident Michael Finerty, regained consciousness and said he was in pain, she said.

Meanwhile, fire and CHP crews had responded to the scene from the north side of the accident to put out the flames, which had engulfed the big-rig. They looked for victims, but did not immediately see Williams and Finerty on the other side of the wreckage.

"She made all the difference in the world," Deputy Fire Chief Tom Siragusa said. "We probably wouldn't have seen him if no one else had stopped."

Finerty was eventually spotted with the assistance of some bystanders and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital. He suffered only minor injuries and has since been released, CHP Officer Tony Tam said this afternoon.

Williams, who works at SteppingStone's Golden Gate Adult Day Health Center in the city, said she provides some medical care at the facility but had no experience in rescue situations before today.

"I watch too much TV, and it seemed like the right thing to do," she said.

She said she didn't think twice before running toward the wreckage.

"If that was me, I would've wanted someone to stop and save my life," she said.

Hayes-White said she spoke to Mayor Ed Lee about Williams' actions after the crash and said the mayor plans to honor her with a ceremony at a later date.

CHP Lt. Dane Lobb said that a while after all rescue crews had gotten to the scene, a man tried to get involved in the rescue efforts "and was being uncooperative" with authorities.

The man, whose name has not been released, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing peace officers, Lobb said.

The crash blocked all southbound lanes of Highway 101 for more than six hours while crews removed the vehicles from the roadway and repaired a damaged guardrail.

The two left lanes of the highway were opened shortly before 11:30 a.m. and the two right lanes were reopened shortly before noon, Lobb said.

Several on-ramps to the highway from San Francisco were also blocked for hours, backing up traffic throughout the city's South of Market neighborhood.

Lobb said investigators are still trying to determine what caused the crash.
  

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday News Roundup

Police Identified Suspected Hells Angels Shooter

Police Tuesday identified the man suspected in the shooting death of a Hells Angels member at a funeral in San Jose on Saturday afternoon attended by hundreds, if not thousands, for another murdered Hells Angels leader.

Steven Ruiz, 33, of San Jose killed Steve Tausan, 52, also of San Jose, during an altercation at the Oak Hill Cemetery on Curtner Avenue, and then mysteriously disappeared, leaving behind his motorcycle, said Lt. Alan Cavallo, a commander in the homicide unit.

Police Officer Jose Garcia said Tausan was a "confirmed or validated member of the Hells Angels" motorcycle club. He would not comment on which chapter he was affiliated with.

Just minutes prior to that confrontation, Cavallo said Ruiz, a member of the Hells Angels' San Jose chapter, got into a fight with an "unpatched" member of the Hells Angels where he got knocked down to the ground and kicked in the head.

That fight took place in the parking lot outside of the chapel as Jeffrey Pettigrew's coffin was in the process of being moved to the burial site, Cavallo said. Pettigrew was the 51-year-old president of the Hells Angels' San Jose chapter who was killed at John Ascuaga's Nugget casino resort in Sparks, Nev., on the night of Sept. 23.

Tausan came to Ruiz and the two got into a fight. Ruiz took out a handgun and shot Tausan, Cavallo said.

Saturday's shooting was reported around 12:50 p.m. Officers who had been stationed outside the cemetery for security purposes made their way through the crowd, but once they got to the crime scene, they found it had been "tampered with," Garcia said.

Someone at the funeral had taken Tausan to a hospital by the time the officers arrived. Tausan had been shot at least once and died of his injuries at the hospital, Garcia said.    

Officers searched Pettigrew's grave, but didn't recover anything that could be considered as evidence, Cavallo said.    

Police have obtained a Ramey warrant for Ruiz's arrest. He has not been seen or heard of since Saturday.

Some speculate that he may already be dead, but Cavallo Tuesday said police have not had any indication to believe that.

Man Shot To Death By San Jose Police Suspected Of Killing Two Former San Jose State University Students

A man who was shot to death by San Jose police last week was a suspect in the killing of two former San Jose State University students earlier this month, police said Tuesday.

The students, Eric Kenzo Otokawa, 21, of San Jose, and Kristina Lynn Pandula, 20, of Sunnyvale, were found shot in the 800 block of South Third Street around 11 a.m. on Oct. 8.    

"They were murdered execution-style -- in the back of the head," said Lt. Alan Cavallo, commander of the homicide unit.

He called the crime an "extremely brutal and senseless act."   

Otokawa was pronounced dead at the scene, and Pandula was taken to a hospital for treatment but died of her injuries the next night, police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said.

Police said Tuesday they believe the man responsible for their deaths was 23-year-old Ricardo Moreno.

Moreno had also been a San Jose State University student who once lived in the same dorm building as the victims, Cavallo said.

He said their connection was "narcotics related." Otokawa sold drugs -- namely marijuana and methamphetamine -- and Moreno would purchase drugs from him, Cavallo said.

Pandula, who was Otokawa's girlfriend, was "a victim of circumstance," Cavallo said.

On Oct. 10, police encountered Moreno in the 700 block of Hillsdale Avenue, across from the Central County Occupational Center after responding to a report of a man walking in the area with a handgun and wearing minimal or no clothing.

A confrontation ensued between Moreno and three police officers, during which one of the officers shot and killed him. Cavallo said Moreno had refused to comply with the officers' demands and made "furtive movements" as though he intended to shoot the officers.

Cavallo said Tuesday that Moreno's gun was the same one used to kill Otokawa and Pandula. Furthermore, officers recovered bullets in his jacket pocket similar to those found at the scene of the double murder.

Three Men Allegedly Tending Healdsburg Marijuana Garden Charged With Murder

Three men who allegedly were tending a marijuana garden near Healdsburg were charged in Sonoma County Superior Court Tuesday afternoon with murder.

Sidonio Cruz-Santos, 35, Agustin Zepeda-Onofre, 23, and Ramon Lopez-Velasco, 28, delayed entering pleas to the murder of Gabino Lopez-Santiago, 46, and will return in court Thursday morning.

Ramon Lopez-Velasco is the brother-in-law of Gabino Lopez-Santiago, Sonoma County sheriff's Sgt. Carlos Basurto said Tuesday morning.

The three defendants were allegedly growing marijuana in the area of 4000 Chemise Road in unincorporated Sonoma County west of Healdsburg, Basurto said. In addition to murder, they have been charged with cultivating marijuana.

Gabino Lopez-Santiago was not involved in the grow operation but went to the garden on Saturday, Basurto said.

An argument ensued and as Lopez-Santiago fled, he was shot at least once in his upper torso, Basurto said.    

Lopez-Santiago's body was found by a passerby several miles away on Sunday in the 5900 block of Mill Creek Road, the sheriff's office said.

Lopez-Velasco reported the murder to the Healdsburg Police Department, Basurto said. The complaint filed by the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office charges him with being an accessory to a crime.    

Cruz-Santos also is charged with using force or threat of force to dissuade a witness, Deputy District Attorney Anne Masterson said Tuesday afternoon.

All three men, who are originally from Mexico, were arrested Sunday.

Santa Clara County Board Of Supervisors Approved Immigration Policy

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning approved an immigration policy that will allow local authorities to stop honoring the federal immigration agency's requests to detain suspected illegal immigrants in jail for extra time.

The policy was passed on a 3-1 vote. Supervisor Mike Wasserman dissented and Supervisor Liz Kniss was absent.    

Last year, the county attempted to opt out of Secure Communities, a federal fingerprint-reporting program aimed at criminals suspected of being in the country illegally.

Federal immigration officials claimed the program is an important information-sharing tool for identifying and expediting the removal of illegal immigrants who are taken into local law enforcement custody.    

Opponents of the program, however -- many of them immigrants and immigration rights activists -- say the program has been forced on the county by the federal government and the state, and that it hampers public safety.    

They claim the program results in a disregard for basic civil rights, opens the door to racial profiling, and has a negative fiscal impact on the county.

Critics argue that although the program targets serious offenders, it sweeps up even people with no criminal convictions or convictions for minor offenses like driving without a license.

The program works by having local agencies take fingerprints of people who are arrested and checking the fingerprints against the Department of Homeland Security's identification system and FBI criminal databases.    

If there is a match, federal agents work with the county in detaining, questioning, and eventually taking custody of the individuals, which is done via civil immigration holds, also known as detainers.

Detainers are a request from ICE to local law enforcement officials to detain individuals for up to an additional 48 hours so that ICE agents can pick them up.

The county's policy says those requests will be honored only for those who were convicted of a serious or violent crime. Supervisor George Shirakawa added an amendment to have the federal government provide a written agreement to reimburse all costs the county would incur in order for any detainers to be honored.

Following the board meeting Tuesday morning, a coalition of community organizations held a news conference commending the vote.

Richmond District Family's Fatal Stabbing Still A Mystery

Davis Woo said he doesn't know what caused his brother to fatally stab their mother before being shot dead by police in San Francisco's Richmond District earlier this month.

However, Woo said Tuesday that he hopes the tragedy leads to increased dialogue in the local Asian community about mental illness, and more discussion in the city as a whole about the use of force by police.

On the morning of Oct. 3, Peter Woo, 44, stabbed his 73-year-old mother Nina Woo at her home in the 600 block of Funston Avenue.    

Officers responded and found Peter's 78-year-old father in the doorway with defensive stab wounds to his forearm and hand. The officers then went upstairs and found Nina Woo bleeding profusely from stab wounds to her upper torso, police said.

As they tried to pull her to safety, the officers were confronted by Peter, who was waving a knife in each hand, according to police.    

An officer used a beanbag weapon against him but it was ineffective, so the second officer shot him with a gun, police said.    

Peter Woo and his parents were taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where Peter and Nina succumbed to their injuries within minutes of each other.

A third victim, Peter's 50-year-old sister, was found hiding in the back of the home in a locked bedroom and was unhurt, police said.    

Police have not determined a motive for the stabbings, but Davis Woo said Tuesday that his brother had a long history of mental illness.    

When he was one semester away from graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in landscape architecture in 1989, Peter had his first "episode," his brother said.

In the years that followed, Peter suffered bouts of schizophrenia and depression, but Davis Woo said there were never any incidents of violence toward his parents or siblings.

He said he hopes the incident spurs more discussion in the Asian community about mental illness, an issue he said many people often try to keep hidden.

He said he also hopes police take another look at their protocols to see if there are ways to avoid similar incidents in the future.

Vacaville Murder Suspect's Girlfriend Arrested Under Suspicion Of Involvement

The girlfriend of a Vacaville murder suspect has been arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to the homicide, police said Tuesday.    

Danaya Jordan, 20, the girlfriend of 21-year-old Rico Marquez Espitia, was arrested Oct. 8 when she tried to visit Espitia in Solano County Jail, Vacaville police Detective Vince Nadasdy said.

Espitia was arrested in Ocean Shores, Wash., on Aug. 30 for the shooting murder of Quintin Nears, 20, of Vacaville, on July 30.    

Nears was shot in the upper body in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1500 block of Alamo Drive. Police said at the time that the murder was gang-related.

Detectives developed information that Jordan had helped Espitia escape arrest and had tampered with evidence, Nadasdy said.    

She was booked into Solano County Jail for being an accessory to a crime and participating in a criminal street gang.    

Espitia's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

It is expected to be cloudy in the morning in the Bay Area today before becoming partly cloudy. Dense fog and patchy drizzle are expected in the morning. Highs are likely to be in the 60s.

Partly cloudy skies are likely this evening becoming mostly cloudy with patchy fog after midnight. Lows are expected to be in the mid 50s.

Mostly cloudy skies are expected Thursday before becoming sunny
with patchy fog in the morning. Highs are expected to be in the 60s.

 

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Woman Robs Elderly Man At Bayview Gas Station

An elderly man was hospitalized after being knocked to the ground and robbed by a woman at a gas station in San Francisco's Bayview District early this morning, police said.

The robbery was reported at about 3:15 a.m. near Third Street and Evans Avenue.

The 76-year-old man was at the gas station and was planning on heading to Chinatown when he was approached by a woman who knocked him down, grabbed a coin purse from him and ran away, according to police.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital after complaining of pain to the back of his head, police said. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The woman, described as in her 40s, had not been found as of this morning.

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

 

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Man Stabbed In Soma After Refusing To Give Another Man Money

A man was stabbed in the back after refusing to give money to another man in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood early this morning, police said.

The stabbing was reported at 12:54 a.m. in the 900 block of Howard Street.

The 54-year-old victim was walking along Howard Street when the other man approached and asked for money, according to police.

When the victim refused to give him any, the suspect stabbed him in the back and then fled, police said.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are not considered life-threatening.

The suspect, a man in his mid- to late 30s, had not been found as of this morning, police said.

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San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday News Roundup

Three UC Berkeley Graduates Imprisoned In Iran Attend Occupy Oakland

The three University of California at Berkeley graduates who were imprisoned in Iran on espionage charges attended an "Occupy Oakland" rally Monday evening.

Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were scheduled to speak at the amphitheater on the north side of 14th Street just west of Broadway, where Occupy Oakland demonstrators have been holding general assemblies since last week in solidarity with New York's "Occupy Wall Street" protests.

Shourd, 33, and Bauer and Fattal, both 29, were arrested on July 31, 2009, after embarking on a hike in Iraq's Kurdistan region near the Iranian border. Iran accused the trio of espionage but released Shourd in September 2010 because she was in poor health.

Bauer and Fattal were sentenced in August to eight years in prison, but were released on Sept. 21 following negotiations spearheaded by Oman.

According to the Occupy Oakland website, the three hikers planned to talk about the connections that can be drawn between what they went through in Iran and the situation in U.S. prisons, as well as the hunger strikes taking place in California prisons.

The website stated that this was to be the first time the three will be speaking together publicly since their release.

Across the Bay, protesters in San Francisco planned to take action Monday with a march that started at Justin Herman Plaza.    

The group's website, www.occupysf.com, says the march is "for basic human rights."

The site states, "With many basic human needs and rights not being met its (sic) time for the people to take back what is rightfully theirs."    

The march comes after a violent Sunday night in which San Francisco police fitted in riot gear arrested five protesters who had set up tents in Justin Herman Plaza.

San Jose Apartment Complex Shooting

Police Monday identified the officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of a man at an apartment complex in San Jose on Sunday.    

The officers were identified as Sgt. Sergio Carabarin, with 28 years of experience; Officer Ryan Kimber, who has 12 years of experience; and Reserve Officer Phil Juan, with 15 years of experience.

The three officers were called to a complex on the 400 block of Wooster Avenue around 11:45 a.m. on Sunday on a report of a suspicious person armed with a firearm, Officer Jose Garcia said.

The officers located and contacted the male suspect in the rear parking lot of the complex, but something happened that caused at least one officer to feel threatened. The officer fired his gun, wounding the suspect. That officer has now been identified as Carabarin.

Kimber and Juan deployed their Tasers on the suspect, Garcia said.    

Paramedics were called, but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries, Garcia said.

Police are not yet identifying the man.    

The shooting remains under investigation.

East Oakland Shooting Monday Morning

A man was shot in the abdomen in East Oakland Monday morning in a shooting that came after several days of violence in the city in which four people were killed and several others injured.

Monday morning's shooting happened in the area of 108th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard in East Oakland around 10:05 a.m.

Police surrounded an apartment building after the shooting but did not find any suspects, Officer Kevin McDonald said.    

Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said media reports that police had fired shots into the apartment building during the search for the shooter were inaccurate.

"We did not fire any shots," she said.    

The victim in the shooting is expected to survive, Watson said.    

The shooting was the latest in a string of shootings across Oakland since Friday.

In the first shooting, which occurred at about noon on Friday in West Oakland, one person was killed and another injured when someone opened fire near 11th and Willow streets.

The second shooting happened around 3 p.m. Friday in the 1400 block of Seminary Avenue. The two victims were injured and transported themselves to a hospital.

Another shooting occurred around 3 a.m. Saturday and stemmed from a carjacking, police said. One person was killed in that shooting.

On Saturday night, around 11:40 p.m., two people were killed in a shooting in the 1300 block of MacArthur Boulevard at 13th Avenue.    

No arrests have been made in any of the shootings.

Union City In-N-Out Shooting Suspects Arrested

Police arrested a suspect in a shooting at an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Union City early Sunday morning that critically injured a Hayward man.

Phi Pham, a 20-year-old Hayward resident, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder around 2 p.m. on Sunday, Union City police Lt. Ben Horner said.

Officers responded to the shooting at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday after Pham allegedly fired several rounds at a group of men sitting outside the fast food restaurant on Union Landing Boulevard, Sgt. Jared Rinetti said.    

Rinetti said Pham and a few other men got into an argument with a 30-year-old Hayward man and his friends before the suspect began shooting.    

The Hayward man was shot in the chest and rushed to a hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries.

Police said Monday that the victim is stable and expected to live.    

A couple of bullets shot through the restaurant's glass windows during the incident, but none of the roughly 20 to 25 people inside were injured, Rinetti said.

Pham, who also goes by the nickname "Tommy", is a documented Hayward gang member associated with the "West Side Hayward" gang, according to Horner.

Sunnyside Power Drill Attack Suspect Released From Jail

A man accused of attacking his brother with a power drill at a home in San Francisco's Sunnyside neighborhood on Sunday morning was let out of jail days earlier where he was being held on suspicion of a hate crime attack, police and prosecutors said Monday.

The power drill attack was reported at 9:40 a.m. Sunday at a home in the 100 block of Judson Avenue.

Kevin Guerin, 57, was in jail on assault and criminal threats charges with hate crime enhancements until last Tuesday when a judge lowered his bail over the objection of prosecutors, allowing him to be released, district attorney's spokesman Omid Talai said.

Guerin then went to stay with his 61-year-old brother at the Judson Avenue home where the attack occurred four days later, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Andraychak said.

The brother had gotten out the drill to fix a broken door latch when, for an unknown reason, Guerin forced him into a bedroom, pushed him onto the bed and got control of the drill, Andraychak said.    

Guerin allegedly threatened his brother's life then squeezed the trigger of the drill and brought it to his head and face, according to Andraychak.

After a struggle that caused the drill bit to fall out, Guerin allegedly struck his brother in the head with the drill and told him to leave the house, Andraychak said.

Officers responded and arrested Guerin while his brother was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are not considered life-threatening.

Guerin has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, battery and making criminal threats, with enhancements for having committed the offenses while out on bail in another felony case, Talai said.    

He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges at 1:30 p.m. today at the San Francisco Hall of Justice.

San Jose Hells Angels Funeral Shooting

Police Monday identified a man who was shot to death at a funeral for a murdered Hells Angels member in San Jose on Saturday afternoon as 52-year-old Steve Tausan.

The funeral was being held at the Oak Hill Cemetery on Curtner Avenue and was attended by an estimated 4,000 people, Officer Jose Garcia said.

Garcia said the funeral was for Jeffrey Pettigrew, the 51-year-old president of the Hells Angels' San Jose chapter who was killed at John Ascuaga's Nugget casino resort in Sparks, Nev., on the night of Sept. 23.    

Saturday's shooting was reported around 12:50 p.m. Officers arrived at the cemetery and made their way through the crowd, but once they got to the crime scene, they found it had been "tampered with," Garcia said. He did not explain further.

Someone at the funeral had taken Tausan to a hospital by the time the officers arrived. Tausan had been shot at least once and died of his injuries at the hospital, Garcia said.

Garcia said Tausan, a San Jose resident, was a "confirmed or validated member of the Hells Angels" motorcycle club. He would not comment on which chapter he was affiliated with.

In October 1997, Tausan and two others were charged with the murder of Kevin James Sullivan at the Pink Poodle strip club in San Jose on Aug. 24, 1997.

Tausan and one of the other defendants were ultimately acquitted by a jury. The third man pleaded no contest to a conspiracy charge before the trial started.

No arrests have been made in connection with Tausan's murder, and as of Monday morning, police had not identified any suspects.

Garcia said the investigation is ongoing and a motive for the shooting has not yet been established. 

He said that after the shooting, most people left but some remained for Pettigrew's interment.

Former State Government Employee Dies From Fairfield Bicycle Crash

A former state government employee who was injured in a crash during a bicycle race in Fairfield on Saturday died Sunday at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

The Solano County coroner's office identified him as 65-year-old Robb Deignan, of Sacramento. The coroner's office conducted an autopsy Monday at the request of Fairfield police, Deputy Jackson Harris said.

Fairfield police said Deignan was participating in the annual 100-mile Foxy's Fall Century bike race through Napa and Solano counties Saturday.

He was descending Hilborn Road around 10:30 a.m. when he lost control of his bike and went down just before the Solano Foothills Boulevard intersection, police said.

Deignan was wearing a helmet but suffered serious head wounds because of his speed, police said.

He died at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Harris said.    

Deignan was public affairs director for the California Department of General Services between 2000 and 2004, the department's current public affairs director Ken Hunt said.

"He was always focused on doing the right thing, even when people were not looking. He was the epitome of integrity, honesty and accuracy," Hunt said.

He had 15 years of experience in media relations and website development for the state Senate Democratic Caucus, and worked for 15 years as a radio and television reporter and anchor for KTXL-TV in Sacramento, according to his LinkedIn page.

He also was press secretary for former state Sen. John Garamendi in 1989. He most recently worked as a media consultant for the state Senate between 2006 and 2009.

He described himself on LinkedIn as "semi-retired and hanging out with my dog 'Buddy' and cycling junkies until the economy turns around."

 

Police Identify Man Struck By Vehicle In Santa Rosa Hit-And-Run

Police have identified a man who was struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run collision in west Santa Rosa on Saturday night as 55-year-old Oscar Cordova.

Cordova, a Santa Rosa resident, was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

On Sunday, he was transferred to Stanford Hospital where he was in critical condition Monday morning, Santa Rosa police Sgt. Rich Celli said.    

Cordova was hit at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday as he was standing or walking in the southbound lanes of Stony Point Road where it crosses above state Highway 12, Celli said.

A witness said the driver fled south on Stony Point Road afterward, Celli said.

Cordova had a preliminary blood-alcohol level of 0.40 percent -- five times the level considered intoxicated, Celli said.

Cordova did not have any identification on him when he was struck, but a family member contacted police fearing that he was the victim, Celli said.

When police learned Monday morning that the hit-and-run victim had been transferred to Stanford Hospital, investigators sent the hospital photos of Cordova, and hospital personnel confirmed his identity, Celli said.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

It is expected to be mostly cloudy in the morning in the Bay Area today before becoming sunny. Patchy fog is expected in the morning. Highs are likely to be in the mid 60s to lower 70s.

Mostly cloudy skies are likely this evening with patchy fog and areas of drizzle after midnight. Lows are expected to be in the mid 50s.

Mostly cloudy skies are expected Wednesday before becoming partly cloudy with patchy fog and areas of drizzle in the morning. Highs are expected to be in the 60s.

 

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Man Stabbed In Chest In Potrero Hill Early Saturday

A man was stabbed in the chest while standing with a group of friends in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood early Saturday morning, police said.

The stabbing was reported at about 3:10 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Missouri Street and Watchman Way.

The 26-year-old victim said he was standing with friends when he was stabbed by an unknown suspect, according to police.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are not considered life-threatening.

No arrests have been made in connection with the stabbing, police said.

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

 

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Woman Arrested For DUI After Hitting Pedestrian

A Mill Valley woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after striking and critically injuring a pedestrian in San Francisco's Richmond District on Saturday night, a police spokesman said.

The accident was reported at Fulton Street and 20th Avenue at 10:01 p.m. Saturday.

A 40-year-old woman was crossing Fulton Street in a crosswalk when she was hit by a silver Volkswagen Passat traveling east, police said.

The pedestrian was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with a life-threatening skull fracture, according to police.

The driver of the Passat, a 36-year-old woman, stopped at the scene but was arrested a short time later on suspicion of driving under the influence, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

Esparza said the woman's name was not immediately available.

 

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Muni Officials Now Say Cable Car Rear-Ended Minivan In Oct. 6 Collision

A collision involving a San Francisco Municipal Railway cable car and a minivan earlier this month was caused by the cable car, not the van, a Muni spokesman said today.

The crash was reported at 7:51 a.m. on Oct. 6 at the intersection of California Street and Grant Avenue, spokesman Paul Rose said.

Rose said the agency's initial reports from the crash indicated that a cable car on the California Street line had been struck by the minivan. However, he said today that the cable car actually rear-ended the van.

Greg Scanlon, the driver of the minivan, said he was stopped at a red light at the intersection of California Street and Grant Avenue when he was struck from behind by the cable car.    

Scanlon said it was raining at the time of the accident, and passengers on the cable car told him that the operator was trying to stop the car but was unable to in time.

No one was injured in the crash, which Scanlon said caused more than $5,500 in damage to his car.

Service was stopped on the California Street line for more than two hours because of the accident.

 

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Man Critically Injured In Tenderloin Attack Friday Night

A man was critically injured in a brutal beating in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood on Friday night, police said.    

The attack was reported at 8:46 p.m. Friday in the 400 block of Ellis Street.

Officers responded and found the 61-year-old victim unconscious and bleeding from a large cut to his head, according to police.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are considered life-threatening.

The suspect, believed to be a man in his mid- to late 40s, had not been found as of this morning, police said.

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

 

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Man Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries In Mission District Shooting

A man was seriously injured in a shooting in San Francisco's Mission District on Sunday night, police said.

The shooting was reported at about 9:15 p.m. Sunday near 26th and Harrison streets.

The 31-year-old victim was chased down the street by someone who shot him several times then fled in a waiting vehicle, according to police.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to his back.

The suspect and the getaway car, a dark four-door vehicle, had not been found as of this morning.

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

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Multiple "Occupy SF" Members Arrested After Heated Confrontation WIth Police

San Francisco police fitted in riot gear arrested five people from the protest group "Occupy SF" during a heated confrontation at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco late Sunday night, police said.

Protesters had set up tents in Justin Herman Plaza yesterday and were told by police they were not allowed to encamp there and were in violation of the Park Code, police said.

According to police, protesters assembled and refused to remove the tents at 10:30 p.m. Officers then removed the tents and placed them into Department of Public Works trucks and vans, police said.    

Live online streaming from multiple people showed police beating some of the protestors and one protestor, Ryan, said he was dragged by his index finger and police threatened to break it.    

Protesters surrounded the vehicles and refused to move. One protestor stabbed one of the tires, flattening it.

Four protestors were arrested for pedestrian in a roadway and resisting arrest and the other for battery on a police officer, police said.    

Protestors claimed they were told they could stay in the park but could not sleep there.

"Occupy SF" had been camped in front of the Federal Reserve Building for about a week before being broken up on Oct. 7. The protest group set up its new camp yesterday.

The police retreated around 2 a.m., protestors said.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Monday News Roundup

One Person Shot And Killed In San Jose Police-Involved Shooting

One person was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting Sunday morning at an apartment complex in San Jose.    

Three San Jose police officers were called to the complex on the 400 block of Wooster Avenue around 11:45 a.m. on a report of a suspicious person armed with a firearm, Officer Jose Garcia said.

The officers located and contacted the male suspect in the rear parking lot of the complex, but something happened that caused at least one officer to feel threatened. The officer fired his gun, wounding the suspect.

Paramedics were called, but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries, Garcia said.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Two Killed During Shooting Near Interstate Highway 580

Two men were killed during a shooting near Interstate Highway 580 and the Park Avenue exit late Saturday night, Oakland police said.    

One victim died at the scene and the other died after being transported to Highland Hospital. The double homicide occurred in the 1300 block of MacArthur Boulevard at 13th Avenue at 11:42 p.m., police said.    

There are no suspects in custody and no weapon has been recovered.    

The Oakland police homicide unit is on the scene.

Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle In San Francisco Richmond District

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the Richmond District of San Francisco late Saturday night, police said.

The vehicle was traveling east on Fulton Street at 20th Avenue when it struck the victim at 10:01 p.m., San Francisco police said.

The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital and is in critical condition. The vehicle remained at the scene when police arrived and the driver cooperated with officers, police said.

There was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved, police said.

Bicyclist Hospitalized After Fairfield Bike Race Crash

A bicyclist was airlifted to a hospital after losing control of his bicycle during an annual race in Fairfield Saturday morning, police said.

Fairfield police responded to the crash near the intersection of Solano Foothills Boulevard and Hilborn Road at 10:30 a.m. The 64-year-old man from Sacramento was participating in Foxy's Fall Century, an annual 100-mile bicycle ride through Solano and Napa counties, and was on the decline of Hilborn when he lost control and went down just prior to Solano Foothills, Fairfield police said.

The man sustained an apparent major head injury. The bicyclist was wearing a helmet but likely due to the speed involved he still sustained serious trauma, police said.

Approximately 1,000 bicyclists participate in the event each year.    

He was airlifted by Cal Star to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek and is listed in critical condition.

Hayward Man In Critical Condition After Union City In-N-Out Shooting

A 30-year-old Hayward man remained in critical condition Sunday after being shot at a Union City In-N-Out restaurant shortly after midnight.    

Police are searching for a suspect in the shooting, 20-year-old Phi Pham of Hayward, whom they believe is a member of the "West Side Hayward" gang.

Sgt. Jared Rinetti said officers responded to the scene at around 12:30 a.m. after Pham allegedly fired several rounds at a group of men sitting outside the fast food restaurant on Union Landing Boulevard.

The victim was shot in the chest and was rushed to a local hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries, police said.

Rinetti said Pham and a few other men got into an argument with the 30-year-old victim and his friends before the suspect began shooting.

A couple of bullets shot through the restaurant's glass windows during the incident, but none of the roughly 20 to 25 people inside were injured, police said.

Pham, who also goes by the nickname "Tommy", is described as an Asian man weighing about 140 pounds and is 5 feet 7 inches tall with brown eyes and black hair, according to police records.

Intoxicated Man Struck By Vehicle In Santa Rosa

A vehicle struck an intoxicated man when he walked into lanes of traffic on Stony Brook Road in Santa Rosa late Saturday night, police said.    

Santa Rosa police responded to the scene at 10:30 p.m. to find the victim on Stony Brook Road over state Highway 12. He was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries to his upper body, police said.

The preliminary investigation determined the victim was struck in the southbound lanes of Stony Brook as he was walking or standing in the traffic lanes.

One witness said the suspect vehicle struck the victim and fled southbound on Stony Brook. The witness also reported that the vehicle did not appear to avoid hitting the man, police said.

Henry Coe State Park Will Be Site Of Prescribed Burn

Henry Coe State Park will be the site of a prescribed burn on today and Tuesday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The "Western Zone Complex" prescribed burn will take place -- pending weather conditions and approval from the Bay Area Air Quality District -- on Middle Ridge Trail off of Hobbs Road, approximately eight miles northeast of Morgan Hill, CAL FIRE said.

Prescribed burns have been performed for decades and carry many benefits for public and natural resources, including watershed improvement, enhanced wildlife habitat and protection against large, damaging wildland fires, according to CAL FIRE.

Fire personnel said smoke would be visible from most Bay Area counties and possibly from Interstate Highway 5.

800 Block Of Woolsey Street Blocked Off Due To Suspicious Package

An area on the 800 block of Woolsey Street in San Francisco was blocked off for hours Sunday while police investigated a suspicious package in the area.

A police explosive device unit first arrived on the scene at around 10:45 a.m. after receiving a call about a suspicious package on the street near John McLaren Park, police said.

The public was advised to avoid Woolsey Street between Dartmouth and Bowdoin streets afternoon in the interest of public safety and to prevent traffic pileups. 

Fire Crews Extinguish Daly City Commercial Structure Fire

Fire crews extinguished a commercial structure fire on San Pedro Road in Daly City Saturday morning, fire officials said.

North County Fire Authority responded after receiving reports of people running out of a building at 270 San Pedro Road with smoke and flames emitting from the structure at 9:10 a.m.

Fire crews were able to contain the fire to the kitchen area and extinguish it quickly. Crews remained at the scene for 90 minutes checking for extension of the fire and completing overhaul, North County Fire said.

No civilians or firefighters were injured. The fire is currently under investigation.

Six fire companies, two chief officers and one fire investigator responded to the scene.

Four Injured In Marin County Two-Car Collision

Four people were injured Sunday afternoon in a two-car collision in Marin County after one car attempted to make a u-turn on state Highway 37, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A 2006 Toyota driven by an 81-year-old woman was traveling east on Highway 37 around 1:20 p.m. when it pulled over to the right shoulder just east of Novato Creek in order to make a u-turn, said CHP Officer Kevin Kirk.    

The Toyota turned left across the highway to begin making a u-turn, and drove directly into the path of an eastbound 2007 Honda that was approaching from behind.

The Honda struck the left side of the Toyota, traveled into the center median and struck the metal guardrail before coming to rest in the center median. The Toyota spun around 180 degrees before coming to a halt in the roadway.

The driver and the passenger in the Toyota, both Berkeley residents in their 80s, suffered major injuries and were admitted to Marin General Hospital.

The driver of the Honda, a 31-year-old Vacaville woman, and the passenger, an 11-year-old boy, suffered minor injuries and were also taken to Marin General Hospital for treatment.

San Francisco Car Chase Ends In Shooting And Car Crash

Shots were fired at CHP officers during a car chase that ended when the suspect's vehicle crashed near the TransAmerica Building in San Francisco late Saturday, San Francisco police said.

Police received a call at 11:30 p.m. of an unknown number of shots fired at CHP vehicles during a car chase that spread to San Francisco streets.

The suspect's vehicle crashed half a block away from the TransAmerica Building and the suspect fled on foot. Officers have set up a perimeter.

The suspect is still outstanding and no one is in custody, police said.

UCSF Celebrates "Topping Out" of Mission Bay UCSF Medical Center

University of California at San Francisco officials will celebrate the "topping out" of the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay this morning.    

UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Medical Center CEO Mark Laret and UCSF School of Medicine Dean Sam Hawgood will be among those honoring the construction team, community members and donors at a ceremony marking the installation of the center's final 1,600 pound structural steel beam, officials said.

The new $1.5 billion, 289-bed center will include facilities for children, women and cancer patients, and is scheduled to open in 2015. Construction began in October last year.

San Francisco Schools Receive Big Financial Boost

San Francisco schools received a big financial boost, school district officials announced Friday.

The San Francisco Teacher Residency, a partnership between San Francisco Unified School District, the University of San Francisco, Stanford University, the United Educators of San Francisco, the San Francisco Education Fund and AmeriCorps, has been awarded one of 30 "Transition to Teaching" grants from the U.S. Department of Education to recruit and prepare teachers to work in the most challenging subjects in the most challenging schools, SFUSD said.

SFTR teacher candidates, called residents, integrate master's level coursework at USF and Stanford with a full year apprenticeship alongside expert teachers in SFUSD. Residents, after the completion of the program, will become teachers of record the following year, SFUSD said.    

"Because our candidates are in the classroom from the first day of school until the last, they can link what they are learning in their university coursework to real-life practice," SFTR Director and former SFUSD principal Dr. Debbie Faigenbaum said. "As a result, they are better prepared to deal with the challenges of teaching and more likely to stay in the classroom."

USF will receive more than $2 million over the course of five years from the U.S. Department of Education to support the SFTR.

The SFTR expanded from 14 residents to 25 this year and hopes to reach 30 next year.

Lanes On Highways 116 And 101 Closed In Sonoma County For Repairs

Lanes on state Highway 116 and U.S. Highway 101 will be closed during distressed pavement repairs in Sonoma County this week, Caltrans officials said.

Monday night's repairs will take place on state Highway 116 at various locations within Sebastapol. The Cotati section of state Highway 116 will be under repair Tuesday night.

U.S. Highway 101 will be under repair Wednesday and Thursday between Rohnert Park Expressway and Santa Rosa Avenue.    

The work will take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from today through Thursday nights.

5th Annual National Teen Driver Safety Week Began Sunday

Sunday marked the beginning of the 5th annual National Teen Driver Safety Week, the California Highway Patrol said.

"Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for teens in America," CHP said. "Teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers."

The U.S. Congress established this week in 2007 to "raise awareness to teen driver safety issues and encourage safe teen driver and passenger behavior," CHP said.

It is observed during the third week of October.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

It is expected to be mostly cloudy then becoming sunny in the Bay Area today. Highs are likely to be in the 60s to upper 70s.

Mostly clear skies are likely this evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows are expected to be in the mid 50s.

Mostly cloudy skies are expected Monday becoming sunny. Highs are expected to be in the 60s.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Sunday News

San Jose Police Investigate Shooting at Hells Angels Funeral

San Jose police are investigating a shooting that took place at the Oak Hill Cemetery during a funeral for a member of the Hells Angels Saturday afternoon, a police spokesman said.

Police received calls at 12:50 p.m. reporting shots heard in the cemetery, which is located at 300 Curtner Ave., Officer Jose Garcia said.

News reports indicate one person was killed.

The funeral was being held for Jeffrey Pettigrew, a San Jose motorcycle club president who was fatally shot at John Ascuaga's Nugget casino resort in Sparks, Nev. on Sept. 23.

Four Dogs Allegedly Poisoned by Marijuana Thieves

Four dogs were allegedly poisoned by thieves intent on stealing nine medical marijuana plants from a Vacaville home, police said Saturday.

A resident on the 300 block of Temple Drive contacted police Friday to report that the plants had been stolen from his backyard somewhere between 3:30 and 5:15 that morning, said Sgt. Charlie Spruill. The plants were valued at around $3,000 each.

In addition to the missing plants, the resident found that his four boxers "seemed to be out of it," and that blue pills and pieces of hot dogs, some of which had been stuffed with the pills, were strewn around his yard, Spruill said.

The pills are thought to have been CVS brand Tylenol PM.

The dogs were treated and appear to be doing well, according to police.

Curfew Sweep in Antioch Yields Nearly a Dozen

A curfew sweep on the streets of Antioch Friday night until early Saturday morning found nearly a dozen minors in the city during prohibited hours, police said.

Police working with REACH Project Inc. detained 10 minors between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. who were out in the city, which violates a city ordinance that says juveniles cannot be in public areas between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. every day.

The 10 youth were brought to a processing center at the police department and turned over to staff of the REACH Project, where they were counseled and then released to their parents or guardians, police said.

REACH is a program designed to reduce the number of minors out after curfew. It intends to provide a supportive rather than punitive service, according to police.

As part of the program, the minors found will attend follow-up juvenile diversion services, which include decision-making skills training and treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse.

Car Hits Bicyclist

A car hit a person riding a bicycle and then sped off after the incident Friday night, an Oakland police officer said.

The bicyclist was taken to a hospital in serious, but stable condition after being hit around 8:38 p.m. at West MacArthur Boulevard and Webster Street, Officer Kevin McDonald said.

After the car hit the bicyclist it drove away, but police were able to quickly locate the driver.

The suspect in the hit-and-run is now in custody, McDonald said.

Caltrain Temporarily Suspends Service Between Two San Francisco Stations

Caltrain temporarily suspended service between two San Francisco stations Saturday morning because of construction delays, an agency spokeswoman said.

Passengers in San Francisco traveling further south than 22nd Street will need to transfer to BART. The same goes for Caltrain passengers traveling north to San Francisco from points south of Bayshore, Christine Dunn said.

There will be no Caltrain service between the 22nd Street station and the Bayshore station.

Dunn said the temporary changes are necessary because of delays in a construction project replacing a railroad bridge crossing Jerrold Avenue in the city's Bayview District.

Southbound passengers will have the option to take a free shuttle to the Powell Street BART station from the 22nd Street Caltrain station.

Northbound passengers should transfer to BART at the Millbrae station to continue north to San Francisco.

BART will honor Caltrain tickets, she said.

Caltrain passengers at the Bayshore station needing to reach northern stops should take a southbound Caltrain to Millbrae and transfer to BART.

Dunn said that it was unknown how long the temporary changes would remain in effect.

Hay Maze Open at San Francisco Zoo

Visitors at the San Francisco Zoo will see more than animals this October -- the zoo opened a hay maze Saturday.

Animals such as the saw-whet owl can be spotted in the maze. These owls are known for their mating calls that sound like a saw being sharpened on a whetstone, zoo officials said.

Also in anticipation for fast-approaching Halloween at the end of the month, prepare for the spooky day with "Boo at the Zoo," Oct. 29 and 30. The event will showcase real-life Halloween creatures like hooting owls, snakes and spiders.

The San Francisco Zoo is located at 1 Zoo Road in San Francisco near Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway.

Orchids Arriving in San Francisco From Thailand Carrying 'First of its Kind' Pest

Orchids arriving in San Francisco from Thailand last week were carrying unexpected cargo -- an agricultural pest that a federal agency said is the first of its kind to have been encountered in the nation.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the discovery Saturday after a U.S. Department of Agriculture entomologist earlier this week confirmed the type of insect found on the flowers.

The insect, Opuna annulatus -- like other mirids, or members of the Miridae insect family -- pierce plant tissues and feed on their juices.

The bugs, found in a shipment that arrived in the country on Oct. 8, can pose a significant impact on the nation's crop-based industries if left unchecked, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The agency said the find is the first documented interception of the insect in this country.

The box of orchids that contained the pest was destroyed and the remainder of the shipment was released, according to the agency.

"Protecting America's agricultural industry is an enormous responsibility," the agency's director of field operations for San Francisco Richard Vigna said in a statement released this morning. "Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists take their job very seriously."

On a typical day, the specialists inspect tens of thousands of international air passengers, and air and sea shipments imported to the U.S., according to the agency, and some 450 insect pests are seized daily.

"This discovery validates the purpose of thorough Customs and Border Protection agriculture inspections," Vigna said.

93-Year-Old San Francisco Library Reopens After Two Years

A 93-year-old San Francisco library that has been closed for the past two years reopened Saturday afternoon following the completion of $8.5 million in seismic renovations, library officials announced.

The Golden Gate Valley Branch Library, located at 1801 Green St. at Octavia St., was the ninth branch library established in the city when it opened in 1918.

In late 2009, the library closed to undergo the upgrades, which were designed to also make the brick and terra cotta Beaux Arts building more sustainable, officials said.

The renovations involved restoring the structure's facade, refinishing historic chairs and refurbishing windows, among other historic preservations.

The structure was outfitted with solar panels and efficient fixtures such as low-flow faucets, and energy-efficient mechanical and lighting systems, which helped it meet the U.S. Green Building Council's requirements for a silver-rated LEED structure.

The branch renovation was funded as part of a $105.9 million bond measure passed by voters in November 2000 and $500,000 in private funds raised by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library for furniture, fixtures and equipment -- expenses not covered by the bond, according to the library.

Nearly Two Dozen Displaced by Fire in Church on Third Street

Around two dozen people were displaced by a fire in a church on Third Street Saturday afternoon, according to a fire department dispatcher.

The fire at 5122 Third St. near Revere Avenue was reported just before 3 p.m. and under control by 3:21 p.m., the dispatcher said.

No one was injured, but 23 people were displaced by the fire, according to the dispatcher. A Red Cross official indicated that the people, all men, were residents at the Shiloh Full Gospel Church.

Service on the T-Third light rail line was disrupted by the fire starting shortly after 3 p.m., but was restored shortly before 4 p.m., Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

Two Injured in East Oakland Shooting

Two people were injured -- one critically -- in a shooting in East Oakland on Friday afternoon, just hours after a fatal shooting occurred in West Oakland, police said.

The two victims were shot in the 1400 block of Seminary Avenue at about 3 p.m., Oakland police Officer Kevin McDonald said. Both were transported to a hospital -- one with minor injuries and the other with major injuries.

McDonald said Saturday morning that the victim was in critical but stable condition.

No one was in custody, he said.

Less than three hours earlier, a person was killed and another was injured in a shooting near the intersection of 11th and Willow streets, police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said.

No arrests were made in that shooting, she said.

Novato Fire District Firefighters Wearing Pink Uniforms for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Novato Fire District is cautioning residents they will be seeing pink next week as firefighters don uniforms slightly different from their usual look.

Firefighters will be sporting pink uniforms Monday through Oct. 23 as a show of support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which runs through October, fire officials said.

For the first year in the district's history, fire crews are participating in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure "Passionately Pink for the Cure" campaign, officials said.

Fire Chief Marc Revere, with support from the board of directors and fire district members, has changed uniforms for the week. This follows the district's decision earlier this month to designate October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The district will partner with the Marin Professional Firefighters and the International Association of Firefighters to raise awareness about breast cancer.

Salinas Teen Arrested on Suspicion of Vehicular Manslaughter

A Salinas teen was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter Thursday morning, police said.

The crash occurred on Oct. 1 at about 10:10 p.m. near the intersection of West Rossi Street and Coit Way, according to Salinas police.

Sung Kim, 46, of Marina was riding his motorcycle west on West Rossi Street when he collided with a Honda Accord, which was driven by a 17-year-old boy.

Police said the teen made an abrupt turn into Kim's path.

Kim died of his injuries the following day, according to the Monterey County coroner's office.

Officers contacted the teen at a high school Thursday at around 11:30 a.m. He was arrested and booked into juvenile hall, police said.

Caltrains Stopping at Temporary New San Bruno Station

Caltrain trains will begin stopping at a new temporary station in San Bruno on Tuesday as work continues on a new grade separation and permanent station.

The temporary station is located just south of and adjacent to the current station on Huntington Avenue, Caltrain officials said.

The temporary station will allow construction on a new grade separation that will elevate the tracks over San Bruno, San Mateo and Angus avenues. Construction on a future permanent station and the elevated tracks will begin at the end of the year and should be completed by fall 2012, officials said.

The $147 million project is intended to improve safety in the area for motorist and pedestrians and reduce traffic congestion. It will include a 201-space parking lot and a "kiss and ride" lot, as well as three pedestrian overpasses and elevators.

Train service will continue as normal at the temporary station during construction.

San Francisco Bay Area Saturday News

Law Enforcement Arrests 100 After 18-Month Investigation

Attorney General Kamala Harris Friday announced that federal, state and local law enforcement officials recently arrested more than 100 people across five counties as part of an undercover operation. Over the last three days, law enforcement officers arrested 104 people for crimes that included the sale of drugs, firearms, and stolen property and vehicles in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. Most are gang members with prior felony convictions, according to Harris' office. "After noticing an increase in crime, Gilroy officials asked for help in dismantling a gang network that had set up shop in their town," Harris told reporters at a news conference in Gilroy Friday afternoon.

The arrests followed an 18-month investigation in which undercover California Department of Justice agents purchased drugs and firearms, as well as stolen property and vehicles, from gang members and others who had prior felony convictions. Law enforcement officers seized more than three pounds of methamphetamine, 28.5 grams of heroin, four ounces of cocaine, 34 ecstasy tablets, 10 oxycontin pills, 44 firearms, 81 stolen vehicles, and stolen property. The state charges against the suspects include auto theft, possession of stolen property, gun charges, burglary, sales of narcotics and gang enhancements. Some suspects will also face federal indictments. Roughly 150 law enforcement personnel from local, state and federal agencies were involved in the operation. The lead investigative agencies included the California Department of Justice and the Unified Narcotic Enforcement Team. Assisting agencies were the Gilroy Police Department, California Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office - Northern District.

Gang Rape Charges Dropped in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen Friday announced his office would not file criminal charges against the De Anza College baseball players accused of gang raping a 17-year-old girl at a house party in 2007. He said, "What happened on March 3, 2007, at 349 South Buena Vista Ave. in San Jose was reprehensible. It was inexcusable ... however, the district attorney's office cannot prove that a crime occurred and therefore will not file criminal charges." Barbara Spector, one attorney who represented the victim in the civil trial, released a statement commenting on the district attorney's decision. "We appreciate that District Attorney Jeff Rosen concluded, as we did, that what happened to Jessica was not her fault and that the suspects' behavior was not acceptable conduct in a civilized society," Spector said in a statement.

At a news conference in San Jose Friday morning, Rosen said the district attorney's office reached its decision following an "exhaustive and extensive" review by experienced sexual assault prosecutor Ray Mendoza. He said after examining the facts and evidence in the case, the conclusion reached was that it would have been difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a sexual assault occurred. Even so, Rosen said the investigation found that the suspects had sex with an intoxicated girl while other men watched and that one man tried to keep others from coming into the bedroom. He said their actions consistently showed more concern for themselves and each other than for the victim. "I have two daughters, I have a brother, and I have nephews," he said. "That's not how you should raise your boys. In my view, there's really nothing to be proud of -- how they conducted themselves that night and how they conducted themselves during the investigation." The decision of the district attorney's office reaffirmed the conclusion of a civil trial earlier this year where a Santa Clara County jury found that there was no negligence on the part of two of the defendants, Christopher Knopf and Kenneth Chadwick.

Elderly Woman Rescued From One-Alarm Fire

A bedridden elderly woman and her caretaker were rescued from a smoke-filled home in Concord early Friday morning during a one-alarm fire, according to fire officials. The fire at a home in the 3700 block of Bon Homme Way was reported around 1:30 a.m., according to Lewis Broschard, fire marshal for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Firefighters arriving on the scene found heavy smoke coming from the home and were advised by police that people had been heard inside. Officers were not able to get inside, however, due to the smoke. Firefighters entering the home found one person standing in a hallway, and helped that person outside. Another person, an elderly woman who had recently returned from the hospital and was bedridden, was found in her bed and carried out of the house. Both occupants of the home were taken to a hospital, but did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, Broschard said. After the occupants were rescued, firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in about 30 minutes. The fire, which appears to have started in the attic, was determined to have been accidental. Damage to the home was estimated at around $100,000. Broschard said that firefighters were able to respond quickly and save the lives of the residents because smoke detectors were working in the home.

Shooting in West Oakland, One Person Dead

One person is dead and another is injured following a shooting in West Oakland Friday afternoon, a police spokeswoman said. The shooting was reported at 12:33 p.m. and occurred near the intersection of 11th and Willow streets, police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said. The pair were taken to a hospital where a male victim was pronounced dead, Watson said. She did not know the condition of the other victim. No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting and no suspect information was immediately available.

Young Man Pleads Guilty To Weapons Charge

An 18-year-old man accused of weapons charges in connection with a shooting that injured five people on San Francisco's Market Street in June pleaded guilty to one of the charges Friday, prosecutors said. Terrell Blay, a San Francisco resident, was arrested following the June 25 shooting near Market and Seventh streets and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a concealed and loaded weapon, participation in a criminal street gang and resisting arrest. The shooting made headlines because it occurred while a San Francisco Pride celebration was taking place nearby in Civic Center Plaza, although police said the shooting was unrelated to the celebrations. Blay was one of two people arrested following the shooting, but prosecutors said the other suspect arrested, a 16-year-old boy, was the shooter.

The boy was charged with five counts of attempted murder and various weapons charges and is awaiting trial in juvenile court, prosecutors said. The shooting was preceded by an encounter between two rival gangs that led to a member of the rival gang firing at Blay and his group, prosecutors said. One member from the group was hit, as well as four bystanders - a 17-year-old boy from El Cerrito, a 22-year-old man from Santa Cruz, a 45-year-old man visiting from England, and a 74-year-old San Francisco resident, police said.

All five victims were taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for their injuries, which were not life-threatening. Blay fled the area following the shooting and police officers saw a loaded handgun fall from his pant leg. After a brief pursuit, he was arrested, prosecutors said. After pleading not guilty on June 29 to the charges, Blay pleaded guilty Friday to the unlawful possession of a firearm charge in exchange for a sentence of probation, district attorney's office spokesman Omid Talai said. Blay will be sentenced in a hearing scheduled for Nov. 7 at the San Francisco Hall of Justice, Talai said.

Daly City Man Guilty Of Child Endangerment

A Daly City man found guilty of dropping his 17-month-old son onto a hot oven rack, causing second and third-degree burns, was sentenced Friday to a year in county jail and five years supervised probation. Gregory Colver, 21, was convicted on July 18 of one felony count of child endangerment and one felony count of cruelty to a child, with the special enhancement of causing great bodily injury. He was accused of holding his son inside a hot oven and dangling him over the oven rack on Dec. 28, 2010 in an attempt to teach him about the dangers of hot surfaces.

Colver and his girlfriend, the boy's mother, originally claimed that the boy had turned the oven on and fallen into the racks on his own. Investigators became suspicious when details of the couple's story didn't match up and doctors said the horizontal and vertical burns weren't consistent with the accident Colver had described. Colver was arrested on Dec. 30, and allegedly confessed to police that he had been trying to teach his son a lesson by holding him inside the oven. He later retracted the confession. Colver was given credit for 266 days of time served, according to a San Mateo County Superior Court clerk. He is currently in custody.

Belmont Police Officer Shoots German Sheperd

A Belmont police officer shot and killed a German shepherd after the dog bit him during a search of a home on Thursday, police said Friday. The officer encountered the dog after police were called to a home on the 2300 block of Coronet Boulevard around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Several neighbors had called 911 to report the sounds of yelling and glass breaking coming from inside the house, according to Lt. Patrick Halleran. Officers arriving at the home heard yelling and loud music, and detained a 30-year-old man who lived there. During a search of the home for other occupants, the 6-year-old German shepherd, named Magnum, ran out of the house and charged at a police officer.

The officer fended off the first attack, but when the dog attacked again and bit him on the leg, the officer shot the dog once, Halleran said. The dog, which also bit another adult occupant of the home during the incident, later died of his wounds. The officer was treated for bite wounds at San Mateo County Medical Center and released. The occupant who was bitten declined medical treatment. No one was arrested and the incident remains under investigation, Halleran said.

Bay Area Weather Forecast

It is expected to be mostly cloudy in the Bay Area today. Highs are likely to be in the 60s to lower 70s. Mostly cloudy skies are likely this evening. Lows are expected to be in the upper 50s. Mostly cloudy skies are expected Sunday becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the 60s to lower 70s are expected.

Two Men Injured In Shooting In Visitacion Valley Thursday

Two men were injured in a shooting in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley neighborhood on Thursday night, police said today.

The shooting was reported at about 9:05 p.m. in the first block of Blythedale Avenue.

The victims, ages 31 and 50, were approached by four suspects who opened fire on them, according to police.

One of the victims was shot in the left arm and torso while the other was shot in the torso and left foot. Both men are expected to survive, police said.

The suspects in the shooting fled and had not been found as of this morning.

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

 

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