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Pedestrian Fatally Struck By Car In Excelsior Identified

A man fatally struck by a vehicle in San Francisco's Excelsior District on Monday evening has been identified by the medical examiner's office as 57-year-old Sulpicio Jimenez.

The accident was reported at 7:04 p.m. near the intersection of Mission Street and Excelsior Avenue, police said.

A 36-year-old man driving a 1996 Mitsubishi Galant was traveling north on Mission Street and had just passed Excelsior Avenue when he struck Jimenez, who was apparently crossing the street outside of the crosswalk, according to police.

Jimenez was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the Mitsubishi stopped at the scene and cooperated with investigators, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

The crash remains under investigation, Esparza said.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday News Roundup

San Leandro Police Seek Person Of Interest In Tattoo Party Shooting

Police said Monday that they are seeking a person of interest in a shooting after a tattoo party early Sunday that left three people dead and three others wounded but haven't yet established a motive in the case.

"We're closer today than we were yesterday in determining a motive but we're still not there and need a little more time," San Leandro police spokesman Sgt. Doug Calcagno said.

He said at least two suspects were involved in the shooting at the corner of Alvarado Street and Aladdin Avenue shortly before 1:20 a.m. Sunday and there may have been more than that.

Calcagno said police are seeking the public's help in identifying a person of interest "who may be associated with the group of suspects" in the case.

He described the person of interest as a black man with a light complexion, 18 to 24 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, with a slim build, shoulder-length dreadlocks with gold tips, brown eyes, a thin mustache and a goatee.

The man also has upper and lower gold teeth with a design of canines and diamonds, Calcagno said.    

Police also are looking for another man but only have a general description of him, which is that he was wearing a dark hoodie, Calcagno said.

Killed in the shooting were 16-year-old Leneasha Northington, 19-year-old Shanice Kiel and 23-year-old Joshua Alford.

Three other people were wounded in the shooting. Calcagno said one of them has been released from a local hospital but the other two victims are still in serious condition.

The shooting occurred about 50 minutes after a tattoo party at a warehouse near Alvarado Street and Aladdin Avenue ended at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Calcagno said.

He said the party was heavily promoted on social media sites such as Facebook and it's estimated that some 8,000 people were invited.    

Estimates of the number of people who actually attended the party range from 100 to 400 people and police currently believe that about 200 people were present, Calcagno.

Richmond District Man Stabs Both Parents And Is Shot To Death

A man stabbed both of his parents, including his mother fatally, before being shot to death by a police officer inside a home in San Francisco's Richmond District Monday morning, police said.

The stabbing was reported at about 7:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Funston Avenue, police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.    

Officers arrived to find a 78-year-old man in the doorway with stab wounds to his forearm and hand, police said.

The officers then went upstairs into the home and found a 78-year-old woman bleeding profusely from stab wounds to her upper torso, according to police.

As they were trying to pull the woman to safety, the officers were confronted by the 44-year-old suspect, who advanced toward the officers with a knife in each hand, police said.

An officer used a beanbag weapon against the man but it was ineffective, and the second officer then shot the suspect with his gun.    

The two victims and their son were taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where the suspect was pronounced dead at 9:39 a.m. His mother succumbed to her injuries two minutes later, police said.

A third victim, a 50-year-old woman who is the sister of the suspect, was found hiding in the back of the home in a locked bedroom and was unhurt.

Bay Area Law Enforcement Remind Drivers To Be Cautious In Rainy Weather

As the rainy weather continues, Bay Area law enforcement are reminding drivers to be cautious.

Sonoma County alone saw more than 30 vehicle crashes between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, California Highway Patrol Officer Jon Sloat said.    

Only two of these collisions sent passengers to the hospital with moderate injuries while the others were non-injury crashes, he said.    

But nearly all of the crashes were attributed to unsafe speeds for wet road conditions, according to Sloat.

The CHP is reminding drivers slow down, ensure that windshield wipers are in good condition, and keep headlights turned on.

The National Weather Service is expecting light showers to continue Wednesday, meteorologist Chris Stumpf said.

The weather is expected to clear up today before a new and stronger storm system from the Gulf of Alaska passes through the region on Wednesday.

"It looks like we might get a decent soaking on Wednesday," Stumpf said.

The heaviest rain is expected to move through the area early Wednesday and light showers and possible thunderstorms are expected Wednesday afternoon.

San Francisco City And Transit Officials Announce Plan To Establish Parking Spaces For Car Sharing

San Francisco city and transit officials Monday announced a plan to establish nearly a dozen parking spaces around the city that can be used only by members of a car sharing program.

The 11 on-street spaces in nine neighborhoods around San Francisco are being set aside for City CarShare users as part of a six-month pilot program, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Mayor Ed Lee, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and SFMTA Executive Director Ed Reiskin announced the start of the program at the location of one of the spots that was put in place Monday at the corner of Taylor and Pacific streets.

Four other spots -- at Polk and Greenwich streets, Clay and Fillmore streets, Valencia and 17th streets and at 38 Harriet St. -- also opened Monday, while six others will be launched in November, SFMTA officials said.

If the pilot program is successful, it will be expanded and made permanent, according to the agency, which will receive $150 per month from City CarShare for each parking space during the six-month testing phase.

City CarShare is a nonprofit that also runs car sharing programs in Oakland and Berkeley.

California's Realignment Legislation Begins To Unfold

The impact of California's realignment legislation is just beginning to unfold, but two South Bay area counties appear to be on the right track, according to a statewide organization that issued grades for more than a dozen counties based on their plans for the transition.

AB 109, the new state legislation that was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 4 and went into effect on Saturday, addresses overcrowding in state prisons by shifting prisoners from state prisons to county level jails and programs.

Of the 13 counties evaluated, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties - along with San Francisco -- scored the highest grades for their use of alternative solutions based on their plans for realignment.    

"What we were looking at is how many resources are being invested in community-based solutions and programs, or whether or not counties are trying to expand their jail capacity," said Lisa Marie Alatorre, campaign director for Critical Resistance, a member organization of Californians United for a Responsible Budget, or CURB, the coalition that assigned the grades.

CURB, a coalition of more than 40 organizations that aim to curb spending by reducing the number of prisoners and prisons, based their grading system on the counties' plans to balance alternative sentencing and corrections spending.

Alatorre said the counties that received a passing grade are those that prioritized alternatives to incarceration and have not expressed interest in seeking funds to construct new jails.

Man Accused Of Fatal Shooting In Parkside

A man accused in the fatal shooting of another man in San Francisco's Parkside neighborhood last month is set to be arraigned on murder charges today, a district attorney's office spokesman said.

Konstantin Solodukhin, 22, was arrested last Wednesday in connection with the Sept. 17 death of 22-year-old Edgar Yegiyan, who was shot near 35th Avenue and Rivera Street, police said.

Police said Yegiyan, a San Francisco resident, was standing in front of a friend's house smoking a cigarette when he was shot several times with an assault rifle.

Solodukhin was arrested at San Francisco International Airport, hours before he was set to leave on a one-way international flight, according to police.

Homicide investigators also arrested Oren Zakhrabov, 22, near his home in the city's South of Market neighborhood.

Zakhrabov was arraigned Friday on charges of being an accessory to the crime after the fact and pleaded not guilty, district attorney's spokesman Omid Talai said.

Solodukhin was also set to be arraigned Friday on murder charges, but the hearing was continued to today, Talai said.

Monterey County Coroner's Office Identified Woman Killed In Salinas Hit-And-Run

The Monterey County coroner's office has identified a 77-year-old woman who was killed in a hit-and-run collision in Salinas on Saturday night as Francisca Galvan Bolanos.

Bolanos, a Salinas resident, was crossing the street at Main Street and Bernal Drive around 7:50 p.m. at when she was struck by a full-size cargo van, police said.

She suffered major injuries and later died at a hospital.   

The driver of the van fled the scene and was last seen driving east on Bernal Drive, police said.

Witnesses to the crash described the van as a white, late 1980s to early 1990s-model full-size Chevrolet or Ford cargo van with ladder racks on the roof.

The vehicle's bumper, hood and possibly windshield were damaged.

Santa Rosa Police Identify Pedestrial Killed By Car

Santa Rosa police have identified a pedestrian who died after he was struck by a car on Sunday evening as 60-year-old James Levesque.

Levesque suffered major head injuries when he was hit by a Lexus traveling north on Marlow Road south of Guerneville Road in west Santa Rosa around 7:10 p.m., Sgt. Rich Celli said.

Levesque was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where he died around 11 p.m., Celli said.

The driver of the Lexus, Calvin Lee, 48, of San Francisco, stopped immediately after the collision and provided a blood sample at the scene, Celli said.

Lee was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Celli said.    

Celli said Levesque was in a turn lane just before the collision. A broken bottle of alcohol was found at the scene, he said.

Pedestrian Killed By San Francisco Vehicle

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in San Francisco Monday night, according to police.

Shortly after 7 p.m., police responded to Mission Street and Excelsior Avenue where a male pedestrian had been struck while crossing Mission Street, police said.

The vehicle was driving northbound on Mission Street, passing Excelsior Avenue.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

Mostly cloudy skies are expected today in the Bay Area. Highs will be in the upper 50s to mid 60s.

There is a chance of rain this evening with more rain expected after midnight. Lows are expected to be in the mid 50s.

Rain showers are expected Wednesday with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are expected.
 

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Man Accused In Fatal Parkside Shooting To Be Arraigned Tuesday

A man accused in the fatal shooting of another man in San Francisco's Parkside neighborhood last month is set to be arraigned on murder charges Tuesday, a district attorney's office spokesman said.

Konstantin Solodukhin, 22, was arrested last Wednesday in connection with the Sept. 17 death of 22-year-old Edgar Yegiyan, who was shot near 35th Avenue and Rivera Street, police said.

Police said Yegiyan, a San Francisco resident, was standing in front of a friend's house smoking a cigarette when he was shot several times with an assault rifle.

Solodukhin was arrested at San Francisco International Airport, hours before he was set to leave on a one-way international flight, according to police.

Homicide investigators also arrested Oren Zakhrabov, 22, near his home in the city's South of Market neighborhood.

Zakhrabov was arraigned Friday on charges of being an accessory to the crime after the fact and pleaded not guilty, district attorney's spokesman Omid Talai said.

Solodukhin was also set to be arraigned Friday on murder charges, but the hearing was continued to Tuesday, Talai said.

 

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Man Stabbed During Nightclub Fight In Soma Early Saturday

A man was stabbed multiple times in an altercation that started in a nightclub in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood and spilled out into the street early Saturday, police said.

The stabbing was reported at about 1:50 a.m. in the 600 block of Howard Street.

The 25-year-old victim was knifed during a fight with five or six men in their late teens or early 20s, according to police.

The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are not considered life-threatening, police said.

The suspects fled and had not been found as of today. Anyone with information about the stabbing 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 Carjacked In Hayes Valley Saturday Afternoon

A woman was carjacked in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood on Saturday afternoon, police said.

The carjacking was reported at about 2:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Grove Street near Laguna Street.

The 37-year-old victim was double-parked on the street and looking at a map when a man approached, pulled on the door handle and ordered the woman out of the car, according to police.

The victim got out of the car, a four-door silver Mazda, and said she saw a bag over the suspect's hand but did not see if he had a weapon, police said.

The suspect, a white man in his late 40s or early 50s, got into the car and drove away north on Laguna Street. He had not been found as of today, according to police.

The victim was not injured in the carjacking.

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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Man Suffers Minor Injuries In Soma Shooting Friday Night

A man suffered minor injuries in a shooting in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood on Friday night, police said.

The shooting was reported at 10:53 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Fifth and Harrison streets.

The 28-year-old victim was standing near his vehicle when he heard gunshots and saw his car had been struck, according to police. He got in his car and drove home, where he discovered he had been shot.

The man drove himself to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are not life-threatening.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting and no suspect information was immediately available today, according to police.

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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Man Struck By Car In Chinatown Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries

A man suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a car in San Francisco's Chinatown neighborhood on Sunday morning, police said today.

The accident was reported at about 9:35 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Kearny and Washington streets.

A vehicle was backing up when it struck the 33-year-old victim, who was crossing the street in the middle of the block, according to police.

The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are considered life-threatening, police said.

The driver stopped at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

 

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Lowell HS Evacuated After Report Of Gas Smell On Campus

San Francisco's Lowell High School was evacuated this morning because of a natural gas smell on campus, a fire department spokeswoman said.

The odor was reported at 10:59 a.m. at the school. located at 1101 Eucalyptus Drive near Lake Merced, spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

Students were evacuated from the building, and PG&E has responded to investigate the smell, Talmadge said.

She said crews were in the school's boiler room as of around 11:30 a.m. but that there was no indication of gas present there.

The evacuation remained in effect at 11:40 a.m.

 

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Three Taken To Hospital After Police Shoot Stabbing Suspect

A man was shot by San Francisco police this morning after allegedly stabbing two people inside a home in the city's Inner Richmond neighborhood.

The stabbing was reported at about 7:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Funston Avenue.

Officers arrived and found an elderly man in the doorway with stab wounds to his forearm and hands, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

They went into the home and found an elderly woman upstairs bleeding profusely from stab wounds to her upper body, Dangerfield said. The wounds appeared to be life-threatening, he said.

As they attempted to pull that victim to safety, the officers were confronted by the suspect, a man in his 30s, who was holding a knife in each hand and waving them over his head, Dangerfield said.

An officer used a beanbag weapon against the armed man but it was not effective, Dangerfield said. Another officer then fired a gun at the suspect, hitting him.

The two elderly victims and the suspect were taken to a hospital.

The suspect's injuries are considered life-threatening.

A third victim, a woman in her 30s, was found hiding inside the home. She was not hurt.

"It's clear this guy had a serious intent to injure," Dangerfield said of the suspect.

A neighbor who declined to give her name said she heard screams, then saw someone lying on the sidewalk in a pool of blood.

As of 9 a.m., Funston Avenue was closed between Balboa and Cabrillo streets, and Police Chief Greg Suhr was at the scene.

"There's cops everywhere," the neighbor said.

 

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Police At Scene Of Officer-Involved Shooting On Funston Avenue

San Francisco police are at the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the 600 block of Funston Avenue, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

He did not yet have details on the incident.

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San Francisco Bay Area Monday News Round Up

Shooting Outside San Leandro Party

Three were killed and three others injured in a shooting outside a party in an industrial area of San Leandro early Sunday morning, police said.    

Police were called to the corner of Alvarado Street and Aladdin Avenue at 1:20 a.m. after receiving a 911 call that shots had been fired in the area, said San Leandro police Sgt. Doug Calcagno.

When police arrived, they discovered that several people had been shot shortly after the party let out. Medical attention was given to the victims, but three were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two were transported to the hospital by ambulance, and another shooting victim transported himself to the hospital by unknown means.

Calcagno said a preliminary investigation of the incident suggests the party was in a warehouse or office space and was advertised on the Internet.

After the party was over, while the attendees were in the parking lot, they were approached by at least two gunmen who opened fire and a total of six people were shot.

Two of the victims were identified Sunday night as 16-year-old Laneasha Northington and 19-year-old Shanice Kiel.

Calcagno said it is unknown whether the gunmen had attended the party or arrived afterwards.

5-Year-Old Girl Found In Hills West Of Woodside

A 5-year-old girl who disappeared from a family outing in San Mateo County Saturday night was found nearly four hours later after a massive search party scoured the hills west of Woodside.

The family was part of a large overnight camping trip at Huddart County Park, which covers around 900 acres of woodland, ravines and dense forest.

According to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, the girl was playing with friends at about 7:15 p.m. when she ran away from the area. Her parents were unable to find her and the child's mother called 911.

More than 75 officers and volunteers from the sheriff's office, the county parks department, the California Highway Patrol, and a search and rescue K-9 team joined the search effort.

The girl, who had been wearing a glow stick necklace and carrying a flashlight, was spotted by a CHP helicopter at about 11:30 p.m., according to the sheriff's office.

She had apparently become disoriented and wandered into a steep gorge.

The girl was not injured, but was taken to a hospital to be monitored for exposure.

Man Shot And Killed In East Bay Community Of Bay Point

A man was shot and killed by a woman in the East Bay community of Bay Point on Saturday afternoon, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to a reported shooting at a home at about 3:30 p.m., sheriff's Lt. Jon Moreland said.

Preliminary reports indicate a woman at the home shot a man once, wounding him fatally, Moreland said.    

The sheriff's office is investigating the incident as a domestic dispute, but said investigators have not determined the nature of the relationship between the victim and the shooter.

Further details were not immediately released pending an active investigation.

100-Year-Old Sewer Main Collapsed In Richmond District

A 100-year-old sewer main that collapsed in San Francisco's Richmond District Sunday morning has been temporarily repaired and the street it runs under reopened.

The sewer main failed between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., causing a 2-foot sinkhole on 15th Avenue between Clement Street and Geary Boulevard, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokeswoman Betsy Rhodes said.    

The street reopened around 8 p.m. after work crews made temporary repairs, Rhodes said. Repair work on the sewer will continue over the next two weeks.

No residents lost water service during the incident, Rhodes said.    

According to the SFPUC, the aging sewer line that collapsed was scheduled to be replaced this month as part of the agency's multi-billion dollar program to upgrade the city's sewer system.

Man Shot And Killed In Bayview District

A man who was shot and killed in San Francisco's Bayview District on Saturday night has been identified as 21-year-old Nick Frantin, according to the medical examiner's office.

The San Francisco resident had been shot several times somewhere in the 1400 block of Thomas Avenue when he entered a liquor store near Keith Street at about 10 p.m., Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.

Frantin was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries just before 11:30 p.m., Andraychak said.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting, which remains under investigation.

Sea Lion On Highway 101 In Burlingame Sent To Sausalito Marine Mammal Center

A sea lion that made its way across Highway 101 in Burlingame on Saturday morning was recovering from the incident Sunday at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.

Veterinarians at the center are focusing on keeping the roughly 150-pound animal stable before conducting exams that may help reveal why it wandered toward the highway in the first place, center spokesman Jim Oswald said Sunday.

Animal rescuers received reports around 7 a.m. Saturday that a sea lion had crossed the north and southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 101 before stopping in a ditch on the side of the roadway.

Now, Oswald said the sea lion -- which staff members have named Broadway Bound for its trajectory toward the Broadway off-ramp yesterday -- is still agitated.

In addition to treating the animal for trauma to its jaw, Oswald said veterinarians would likely conduct exams on the animal tomorrow to help shed some light about how it came to be on the roadway, as well as revealing the animal's sex.

The sea lion could be suffering from toxic algae poisoning, which can cause seizures and disorientation, Oswald said.

Animal rescuers were still unsure about how the animal came ashore, but Oswald said it most likely came ashore via a nearby lagoon.

Woman Killed In Salinas Hit-And-Run

A 77-year-old woman was killed Saturday night in a hit-and-run crash in Salinas, according to police.

The woman was crossing the road at Main Street and Bernal Drive when she was struck by a full-sized cargo van, which then fled the scene, police said.

She succumbed to major injuries suffered in the crash and died at a hospital.

The suspect van was last seen fleeing the scene and driving east on Bernal Drive, police said.

Witnesses to the crash described the van as a white, late 1980s to early 1990s-model full-size Chevrolet or Ford cargo van with ladder racks on the roof.

The vehicle's bumper, hood and possibly windshield were likely damaged.

Santa Rosa Woman Attempting To Help Parolee Was Kidnapped, Robbed, Attacked

Santa Rosa police say a woman who was trying to help a parolee was kidnapped, robbed and attacked after she refused to rent a car for him.    

Parolee Charles Nathaniel Lunnie met with the victim Saturday night and demanded that she rent him a vehicle, because his had been wrecked earlier in the day, Sgt. Steve Fraga said. The 52-year-old woman has been acting in a mentoring role with Lunnie, Fraga said.

When she refused, Lunnie, 30, allegedly used fear and physical duress to force her to take him to rental car companies around Sonoma County in search of a car. They were unable to rent a vehicle, however, because a number of major events were happening in Sonoma County this weekend.

Lunnie allegedly disabled the Bluetooth and GPS devices in the victim's car over the course of the night, and then later assaulted her and robbed her of her cell phone and personal property, Fraga said. He then allegedly took her vehicle and dropped her off near her home.

The victim contacted police Sunday morning, around 9:30 a.m. Police located Lunnie around 3 p.m. near his home, still driving the victim's vehicle, which had fresh damage from the previous evening.    

A search of Lunnie's home located the victim's cell phone hidden in a food box in his bedroom.

Lunnie has been booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery and violation of parole. Charges of domestic violence will be requested through the district attorney's office, Fraga said.

Motocyclist Killed In Salinas Crash

A 46-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Salinas on Saturday night, according to police.

The motorcycle rider was driving west on W. Rossi Street at about 10:10 p.m. when a 17-year-old driving a Honda Accord made an abrupt turn in his path, police said.

The two vehicles collided, fatally injuring the motorcyclist.    

Police did not release the man's name pending notification of his family.

Santa Cruz Woman Awoke To Burglar Inside Bedroom

A Santa Cruz woman awoke to find a burglar standing inside her bedroom early Saturday morning, according to police.    

The woman called police around 4:30 a.m. Saturday to report that she had been woken up by a man standing in her bedroom in her home on the 100 block of Canfield Street.

The woman yelled at the man, who fled. After he left, however, she discovered that her iPhone was missing, and had to leave her home in order to call 911.

A search of the area using police dogs did not locate the suspect.   

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult approximately 25-30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 150-170 pounds with very short black hair, wearing a dark shirt and jeans.

Man Airlifted To Stanford Hospital After Santa Cruz Motorcycle Crash

A man was airlifted to Stanford hospital after a motorcycle crash in Santa Cruz Saturday evening, fire officials said.

Santa Cruz firefighters responded to the collision on state Highway 9 north of the Paradise Park onramp at 6:52 p.m. and found the motorcyclist unconscious.

The man was treated by medical personnel on the scene, but his injuries were so severe a helicopter was requested. The man was taken to Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz and then flown to Stanford Hospital.    

Officers from California Highway Patrol and Santa Cruz firefighters remained on the scene to clear the road and investigate the cause of the crash.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

Mostly cloudy skies are expected today in the Bay Area, with a chance of rain. Highs will be in the upper 50s to mid 60s.

Showers are likely this evening. Lows are expected to be in the mid 50s.

Tuesday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are expected.

 

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Bay Area Sunday News Roundup

Almost 40 Taken to Hospital After Amtrak Train Crashes into Semi in Contra Costa County

Almost 40 people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries after an Amtrak train crashed into a semi-trailer truck in Contra Costa County Friday evening, an Amtrak spokeswoman said.

The San Joaquin line train left Oakland at 5:50 p.m. and was headed to Bakersfield, spokeswoman Vernae Graham said.

The train struck the truck around 7:30 p.m. near Discovery Bay at Bixler and Orwood roads, California Highway Patrol Officer Ralph Caggiano said.

It appears the truck was trying to cross the tracks, but did not clear the distance in time. The driver and a passenger in the big-rig suffered minor injuries, Caggiano said.

Thirty-seven passengers and two crewmembers were taken to three area hospitals. Everyone as of this morning had been released.

There were 204 passengers aboard the train, Graham said.

The train did not derail after the collision with the truck and its trailer carrying corn. Corn did spill but was cleared from the tracks and passengers were able to continue with their travels. Passengers who decided to go on departed for Bakersfield at 1:10 a.m. this morning. They were expected to arrive at their destination by 7 a.m., Graham said.

The crash is under investigation.

Sea Lion Being Treated After Crossing Highway in Burlingame

A sea lion is being treated at the Marine Mammal Center in Marin County Saturday morning after crossing a highway in Burlingame, a spokesman for the center said.

Animal rescuers received reports shortly before 7 a.m. this morning that a sea lion had crossed the north- and southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 101 near the Broadway off-ramp and had come to a stop in a ditch off the side of the road, spokesman Jim Oswald said.

The California Highway Patrol closed the off-ramp for about two hours and CHP officers, along with Burlingame police and personnel from the Peninsula Humane Society, kept watch over the animal while volunteer animal rescue crews responded, Oswald said.

It was not immediately clear how the animal came to be on the highway, although Oswald said there is a lagoon area nearby where the animal most likely came ashore.

The roughly 150-pound sea lion, whose sex was undetermined, was taken to the center to be examined and Oswald said the animal suffered trauma to its jaw.

The extent of injuries was not known and the animal is currently undergoing an extensive examination at the center, according to Oswald.

"The animal is going to be in good hands," he said.

Vehicle in Fatal San Leandro Crash Likely Fleeing Scene of Burglary

The vehicle involved in a fatal car crash in San Leandro early Saturday morning after a high speed pursuit was probably fleeing the scene of a burglary, according to police. 

A San Leandro police officer spotted the 1990 Buick driving recklessly from the area of Food Maxx at 699 Lewelling Boulevard shortly before 3 a.m., CHP officials said.

When the officer tried to pull the Buick over, it sped away at high speeds on to northbound Interstate Highway 880 with police and the California Highway Patrol in pursuit.

The Buick exited at the 98th Avenue exit and drove through a dirt field before it crashed into a concrete center median.

The driver, a 27-year-old Oakland man, a San Leandro man, 29, and a 20-year-old Hayward woman died at the scene, CHP officials said.

Another woman was taken to the Alameda County Medical Center at Highland Hospital with life threatening injuries.

After the crash, police determined that the suspects were allegedly involved in a burglary at the Food Maxx store. Although an alcoholic container was found in the car, it was not immediately known if the driver or passengers were impaired, according to the CHP.

"This is a tragic incident," said police Lt. Greg Lemmon. "It is unfortunate that the driver chose to place the lives of his passengers at risk while making a conscious decision to drive in a reckless manner."

The names of the deceased victims have not yet been released. The California Highway Patrol will be investigating the crash, while the San Leandro Police Department will be conducting an administrative investigation into the incident.

California's Prison Realignment Starts Today

California's new realignment legislation, which will shift prisoners from state prisons to county level jails and programs, goes into effect today and one statewide organization has issued grades for more than a dozen counties based on their plans for the transition.

Under the new state legislation addressing overcrowding in state prisons, AB 109, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 4 and goes into effect today, state inmates convicted of nonviolent, non-serious offenses -- as well as adult parolees and juvenile offenders -- will return to local jurisdictions.

Californians United for a Responsible Budget, or CURB, a coalition of more than 40 organizations that aim to curb spending by reducing the number of prisoners and prisons, issued grades for 13 counties based on their plans for realignment. 

This massive realignment gives counties the chance to implement reforms that could shift resources away from "simply locking people up," CURB officials said.

CURB based their grading system on the counties' plans to balance alternative sentencing and corrections spending.

"Even though education spending has been absolutely pummeled by budget cuts, students returning to school this fall are still expected to perform," CURB coordinator Emily Harris said in a statement.

With this in mind, CURB officials evaluated county plans and issued pass, fail, and incomplete grades.

Of the 13 counties evaluated, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties scored the highest -- each county received passing grades for their use of alternative solutions, such as drug treatment, housing programs and restorative justice programs, according to CURB.

Alameda and Contra Costa counties received incompletes and San Mateo County received a failing grade, CURB officials said.

30 Fallen Firefighters Honored in Sacramento

Two San Francisco firefighters who died in the line of duty were among the 30 fallen firefighters who were honored at a memorial ceremony in Sacramento Saturday.

Lt. Vincent Perez, 48, and firefighter-paramedic Anthony Valerio, 53, died after a flashover explosion occurred while they were battling a house fire in the city's Diamond Heights neighborhood in June.

Hundreds of uniformed firefighters throughout the state gathered at the state Capitol to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, including Valerio and Perez.

The names of the 30 fallen firefighters will be added to the California Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento's Capitol Park, which honors more than 1,100 firefighters.

Gov. Jerry Brown and Vallejo fire Capt. Brett Smith were among those scheduled to attend this afternoon's memorial.

Man Suspected of Stabbing His Parents in San Leandro Arrested

Detectives arrested a man suspected of stabbing his parents in San Leandro Tuesday night, police said.

Officers responded to a home on Bradrick Drive Tuesday at around 11 p.m. on reports of a stabbing.

An investigation revealed that the mother, 53, was involved in an argument with her son, 27-year-old Daniel Vahey.

Vahey allegedly stabbed his mother in the face, punched his wheelchair-bound father, 58, and then stabbed him in the abdomen, according to police.

The victims were hospitalized with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Vahey was located at another residence Wednesday morning and he was taken into custody, police said.

Suspicious Device Found on Fairfield Street

A suspicious device was found on a Fairfield street Friday afternoon, Fairfield police said.

Officers responded to Gulf Drive, just south of Sequoia Drive, at 12:16 p.m. to find what appeared to be a small improvised explosive device resting on the street.

As a safety precaution the neighborhood was cordoned off and nearby residents were asked to shelter in place. The Yolo County Bomb Squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Task Force responded to the scene and rendered the device safe, according to police.

This is the second incident where an explosive device was found in this neighborhood. On Aug. 28 a device was discovered on Gulf Drive near Redwood Drive -- about a block away from Friday's incident.

Both devices appear to be constructed similarly and are believed to be related to each other, police said.

Out-of-State Sex Offenders Now Must Register in California

Out-of-state sex offenders will now be required to register in California under new legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill, SB 622, requires out-of-state sex offenders to register upon moving to California, according to the office of senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett, D-San Leandro.

"This new law will help make everyone a little safer by ensuring out-of-state sex offenders are subject to the same sex offender registration requirements, and are publicly known, as in-state offenders are," Corbett said in a statement.

Corbett's office sited Phillip Garrido as an example of an out-of-state sex offender who moved to California and committed another sexual crime. Garrido was sentenced to 431 years in prison for kidnapping 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years.

Corbett's office said the legislation passed the senate with unanimous approval and will take effect Jan. 1, 2012.

The legislation was co-authored by Corbett, Sens. Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose, Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto, Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, and Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucaipa.

Monterey County Coroner's Office Identifies Man Who Died in Pebble Beach

The Monterey County coroner's office has identified a man who died after he fell from his truck while working as a tree trimmer in Pebble Beach Wednesday.

Salinas resident Carlos Amezcua, 46, died after he was injured when he fell from a boom truck while trimming a tree on Cortez at Ronda roads in Pebble Beach, coroner's officials said.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the California Division of Occupational Health and Safety.

An autopsy was scheduled for Friday, officials said.

Two DUI Checkpoints in San Rafael Nets Arrests

Two DUI checkpoints in San Rafael Friday night netted as many drunken driving arrests, San Rafael police said.

The two checkpoints were conducted at the intersections of Third and Union streets and Irwin Street and Fifth Avenue starting at 6 p.m. and running until midnight. More than 1,500 vehicles passed through the checkpoints throughout the night.

Police asked 11 drivers to perform a field sobriety test. From those tests, two were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, police said.

One of the arrested drivers had a blood alcohol level of .267, police said. That is three times the legal limit, which is .08. The suspected drunken driver had attempted to evade the checkpoint by driving the wrong way down a one-way street, according to police.

Two other drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license.

Suspet in 2007 Bank Robbery in Prunedale Found in Santa Cruz

A suspect in a 2007 bank robbery in Prunedale was found in Santa Cruz Thursday evening, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.

Lloyd Harman, 24, a transient from Santa Cruz, was found Thursday around 7 p.m. at a resident on River Street. He was wanted for his role during an October 2007 robbery of Union Bank, located at 8071 San Miguel Canyon Road in Prunedale, sheriff's officials said.

Santa Cruz police officers searched the River Street area after learning the suspected bank robber was hiding there. Officers found Harman after an arrest warrant was issued in September of this year.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office Conducted Nearly Three Dozen Probabtion, Parole Searches

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office working with federal and state departments conducted nearly three dozen probation and parole searches and sex offender compliance checks throughout the county Thursday, sheriff's officials said.

The U.S. Marshals, state parole and Santa Cruz probation offices worked with sheriff's officials to conduct seven parole/probation searches and 27 residence compliance checks for registered sex offenders, according to officials.

The check led to two arrests of two men from unincorporated Watsonville. Suspect Lloyd McBroom, 56, was arrested on suspicion of failing to disclose the address that he was living at, according to sheriff's officials.

The second suspect Scott Martin, 57, was arrested on suspicion of a parole violation.

The 34 combined probation, parole and compliance checks were conducted in unincorporated areas of Live Oak, Aptos and Watsonville.

Man Injured in Oakland Robbery Dies

A man who was injured in a robbery in Oakland earlier this month died Saturday morning, and police say they have launched an investigation.

Brian Little, a 38-year-old Tracy resident, flagged down police on Sept. 21 just after midnight on the 800 block of International Boulevard, telling officers he had been robbed, police Officer Johnna Watson said.

Little was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries, and while there he suffered a heart attack that left him in critical condition.

This morning at 9:15 a.m. the Alameda County Coroner's Office contacted police that Little had died. An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

The Major Crimes Section is taking over the investigation into Little's death.

Officers Respond to Oakland Shooting

Officers responded to a shooting in Oakland Thursday night, police said.

The shooting occurred at 90th Avenue and International Boulevard around 10 p.m.

The victim suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

No suspect information was immediately available.

Bay Area Sunday Weather

Cloudy skies in the morning are expected today in the Bay Area, before becoming partly cloudy later in the day. Highs will be in the lower to mid 60s.

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

Monday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain.

Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are expected.

Police Release Name Of Mission District Stabbing Suspect

Police have identified the woman suspected of stabbing a man in San Francisco's Mission District on Wednesday night as 48-year-old Anita Bell, of San Francisco.

The stabbing was reported in the 500 block of South Van Ness Avenue at 8:50 p.m.

The victim, a 51-year-old man, was stabbed in the chest and cut on his shoulder. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, police said.

 

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Man Shot In His Foot And Butt In Bayview District

A 22-year-old man was shot in the foot and in the buttocks in San Francisco's Bayview District on Friday night, police said.

The shooting was reported at about 9:15 p.m. in the area of Keith Street and Revere Avenue. Officers responded and tried to locate the victim.

The man's wounds are not life threatening, according to police.    

No one has been arrested.

 

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Motorcycle Gang Member Wanted For Murder Of SJ Hells Angels President Arrested

A man suspected of killing the San Jose Hells Angels motorcycle club president in a Nevada casino last week was apprehended by a University of California at San Francisco police officer Thursday night.

Ernesto Gonzalez is wanted in connection with the murder of motorcycle club President Jeffrey Pettigrew, 51, who was fatally shot at John Ascuaga's Nugget casino resort in Sparks, Nev., at about 11:25 p.m. on Sept. 23.

UCSF police Chief Pam Roskowski said that California law enforcement agencies, including her department, had been briefed about the homicide and were on the lookout for Gonzalez.

"Everyone has been on alert for this suspect and were aware of the homicide," she said.

Sgt. John Gutierrez had been patrolling the area near the UCSF Mission Center building Thursday because of recent burglaries, she said, when he observed a suspicious vehicle at about 8:20 p.m.

Gutierrez questioned the driver -- who allegedly had been acting nervously, drawing Gutierrez's attention. When Gutierrez ran the man's identification, he learned of the warrant out for his arrest.

Gonzalez was arrested near Treat and Alameda streets and booked at San Francisco County jail. The vehicle was impounded, Roskowski said.

According to information released by Sparks police earlier this week, the preliminary investigation indicated the casino shootout erupted between members of the Hells Angels gang and a rival motorcycle gang known as the Vagos Motorcycle Club.

Vagos member Leonard Ramirez, 45, was shot in the abdomen and a second Vagos member, Diego Garcia, 28, was shot in the leg, police said.

Hells Angels member Cesar Villagrana, 36, was allegedly seen on video surveillance shooting into a crowd during the confrontation and was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a stolen firearm, police said.

A call to a Sparks police spokeswoman seeking comment was not immediately returned.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Saturday News

Seven Suspects In German Tourist Shooting Case Indicted

Seven suspects accused of fatally shooting a German tourist near San Francisco's Union Square last year -- one of whom remains at large -- were indicted by a grand jury this week, District Attorney George Gascon announced Friday. Mechthild Schroer, a 50-year-old woman from Minden, Germany, was fatally shot Aug. 8, 2010, in the 400 block of Mason Street after getting caught in the crossfire of a shootout between groups of people outside a private party, police said. Schroer had been visiting the U.S. with her husband Stefan, and the couple had been staying at a nearby hotel. Two teens, a 15-year-old boy and 19-year-old woman, were also struck by gunfire but survived. None of the three victims was the intended target of the shooting, according to police. Six suspects were arrested May 4 in connection with the shooting, and a seventh suspect is still being sought by police.

Assistant District Attorneys Eric Fleming and Wade Chow pursued the indictment through the grand jury process "to prevent the potential fracturing of the case at the preliminary hearing stage," according to the district attorney's office. The prosecution used this tactic because of the complexity not only of trying six defendants but also of questioning the more than 60 witnesses. The six suspects in custody pleaded not guilty July 19.

Amtrak Crashes Into Semi-Trailer Truck, Contra Costa County

An Amtrak train crashed into a semi-trailer truck in Contra Costa County Friday, an Amtrak spokeswoman said. The train departed from Oakland at 5:50 p.m. and was bound for Bakersfield, spokeswoman Vernae Grahan said. The train struck the truck at around 7:30 p.m. just east of Antioch. There were 204 passengers aboard the train and as of 8:20 p.m., only minor injuries had been reported, Grahan said. The train did not derail and the passengers were still aboard the train as of 8:20 p.m., according to Grahan.

Mobile Home Fire Victim Dies

A Vallejo man who suffered serious burns in a fire at his mobile home Thursday died Friday morning at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, Vallejo Fire Chief Paige Meyer. The victim's name is not yet available, according to the San Francisco medical examiner's office. The 39-year-old paraplegic man called 911 to report he was trapped in his burning bed, Vallejo fire spokesman Mark Libby said. Meyer said the fire in the double-wide mobile home at 52 Goldenrod St. was reported around 3:30 p.m. The first firefighters arrived in three minutes, Meyer said.

Fireman Todd Millan, 43, reached the trapped resident and tried to pull him from the bed, Meyer said. One of Millan's gloves came off during that effort, and heat and flames were above Millan's and the occupant's head, Meyer said. The heat was too intense and Millan left the mobile home. Two firefighters manning a hose line extinguished the fire and took the resident out a back door, Meyer said. Millan, who has been a firefighter for about two years, was taken to St. Francis Memorial Hospital for treatment of burns to his hands, face and back and was released around noon Friday, Meyer said. Meyer said the fire started in the bedroom. The cause is under investigation, but foul play is not suspected, Meyer said.

Chabot College Student Sentenced To 53 years To Life

A student at Chabot College in Hayward was sentenced Friday to 53 years to life in state prison for fatally shooting a University of California at Berkeley student and wounding two other men after an exchange of dirty looks at a restaurant in downtown Oakland. Dwayne Robinson, a 22-year-old Hayward man, was convicted two months ago of second-degree murder and three counts of assault with a firearm for the shooting outside the Dang Sung Sa restaurant at 2775 Telegraph Ave. on March 28, 2009, that claimed the life of 22-year-old Vincent Choi, who was two months away from graduating from UC Berkeley with a political science degree.

Prosecutor Tim Wagstaffe said Robinson was packing an illegal 9mm semiautomatic handgun as he dined with his friends at the Korean restaurant and they engaged in a "mean-mugging" exchange of angry looks with Choi and his friends. Wagstaffe said both groups "acted tough" and took their argument outside. But the prosecutor said Robinson took the confrontation "to another level" by pulling out his gun and ordering Choi and his friends to go back inside the restaurant. When Choi and his friends refused to back down, Robinson twice said "last chance" and fired seven shots, hitting Choi twice in the chest and two friends, Michael Voong and John Lu, in the legs, Wagstaffe said. One of the shots was fired at another man in Choi's group, Quy Ngo, but he wasn't harmed, according to Wagstaffe. Robinson then got in a car that was driven by a friend and as they went around a corner he shot five more shots at the restaurant's bar but didn't strike anyone, Wagstaffe said.

Six-Year-Old Girl Struck, Killed

East Palo Alto city officials are looking for answers in the death of a 6-year-old girl who was struck and killed in a crosswalk on Bay Road this week. Mayor Carlos Romero said the city council will hear a staff report at Tuesday's meeting on the death of Sioreli Torres, who was run down as she crossed Bay Road at Gloria Way on her way to school Wednesday morning. The council will consider whether changes need to be made in the area to deal with traffic conditions, based on the feedback they receive from city staff and community members.

Romero noted that the Bay Road corridor is a priority for the city, and more than $3.5 million has been spent on improvements to the corridor over the past two and a half years. Those improvements include new crosswalks, curb cuts and a pedestrian-activated crosswalk less than 1,000 feet away from where the accident occurred, he noted. Torres was killed while in a crosswalk, as her mother and sisters walked a few feet behind her. Police are still investigating the cause of the fatal accident and have not arrested or detained the driver, Alisha Whiteparker. Acting police Capt. Jeff Liu said investigators are still actively seeking witnesses to the crash, and are urging anyone who may have seen it to contact East Palo Alto police. Whiteparker, 49, a teacher at Costano Elementary School, is on administrative leave from her job following the accident, according to Ravenswood School District officials.

Marin County DA Office To Not File Charges Against Sausalito Councilman

The Marin County District Attorney's Office has decided not to file misdemeanor battery charges against Sausalito Councilman and Vice-Mayor Michael Kelly but will hold a citation hearing on the issue instead. Councilwoman Carolyn Ford accused Kelly of hitting her hand during a Sept. 13 City Council meeting. Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian said in a news release Friday the technical elements of battery were present, but in lieu of filing formal charges, Kelly will instead appear at the hearing in the district attorney's office Monday.

The hearing will include a factual review of the incident and a discussion of the legal elements of the crime of battery, Berberian said. Citation hearings occur often after the district attorney's office decides not to file charges in the interest of justice, Berberian said. The hearing will not bar the filing of formal charges during the next 12 months and could include new charges if a new incident occurs, Berberian said.

The Hunt For The "Mr. Magoo Bandit"

The FBI is asking for the public's help in capturing a bank robber dubbed the "Mr. Magoo Bandit" who is believed responsible for nine robberies, including two in the Bay Area. The suspect has been connected to a Sept. 17 robbery at a Chase Bank in South San Francisco and an Aug. 29 robbery at a U.S. Bank in Novato, as well as six bank robberies in San Diego and one in Camarillo. He has been described as a white male in his 40s, weighing about 200 pounds with a medium build. He is bald, with short dirty blond hair and wears prescription glasses. The suspect has not produced any weapons during the robberies. Instead, he places a note on the counter demanding money from tellers. The FBI is working with local law enforcement in the affected cities. Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact the FBI at (415) 553-7400 in the San Francisco area.

East Palo Alto Driver Charged With Murder

A driver who struck and killed a motorcyclist in East Palo Alto on Wednesday morning while fleeing police was charged with murder Friday afternoon, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. Eric Banford, a 46-year-old East Palo Alto resident, was charged with second-degree murder, vehicular manslaughter, felony evading a police officer and felony hit-and-run, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Banford also has two prior strikes for felony convictions. He was convicted of manslaughter in 1991, and of robbery in 1987, Wagstaffe said. The murder charge was justified, in part, Wagstaffe said, by the act that Banford was allegedly using drugs at the time of the crash, which killed East Palo Alto resident Danny Lee Dixon. Banford was allegedly trying to evade police when the Land Rover he was driving struck Dixon's motorcycle at Bay Road and University Avenue at 5:25 a.m., according to police. Dixon, 50, was declared dead at the scene.

Single-Engine Airplane Crash, Pilot Identified

The Monterey County coroner's office has identified the pilot of a single-engine airplane who died in a crash in Chualar on Thursday night as 59-year-old Daniel Luis Franscioni. Franscioni's homebuilt airplane departed from Salinas Municipal Airport and crashed at a vineyard at 29250 Chualar Canyon Road around 7 p.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. Franscioni was the only person on board and the plane was destroyed in the crash, Gregor said. His autopsy Friday revealed he died from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the coroner's office. Franscioni was a resident of Chaular Canyon. The circumstances of the crash were not immediately known. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

Bay Area Weather Report

Mostly cloudy skies are expected today in the Bay Area with patchy fog in the morning, with highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s. Mostly cloudy skies are anticipated this evening. Lows are expected to be in the mid 50s. Sunday is expected to be cloudy in the morning before becoming partly cloudy. Highs near 60 are expected.

Two Men Arrested In Connection With Fatal Parkside Shooting

Two 22-year-old San Francisco men have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in the city's Parkside neighborhood earlier this month, police said.

Early Sept. 17, 22-year-old Edgar Yegiyan, of San Francisco, was found shot multiple times near 35th Avenue and Rivera Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say Yegiyan was standing in front of a friend's house smoking a cigarette when he was approached by the suspects and shot several times with an assault rifle. The suspects then ran away from the area.

Less than two weeks later, two suspects were arrested.    

Around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, officers arrested Konstantin Solodukhin at San Francisco International Airport, hours before he was set to leave on a one-way international flight.

Homicide investigators also arrested Oren Zakhrabov near his home in the South of Market neighborhood.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Friday News Roundup

Vallejo Mobile Home Fire

A mobile home fire in Vallejo seriously injured an occupant and hospitalized a firefighter Thursday afternoon, a fire spokesman said.    

The two-alarm blaze was reported at a mobile home at 52 Goldenrod St. at around 4:30 p.m., Vallejo fire spokesman Mark Libby said.

The home's sole occupant, a 39-year-old paraplegic man, called 911 to report that his bed was on fire and he was trapped in the bed, according to Libby.

When crews responded, "he was still conscious and yelling for us," Libby said.

A firefighter pulled the man out of the flames.    

Libby said the fire was contained to the man's bedroom and firefighters had the blaze under control in a short time.

The occupant was taken to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center with serious injuries.

The firefighter who rescued him was also taken to Kaiser Permanente before he was transferred to the burn center at San Francisco's St. Francis Memorial Hospital. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Single-Engine Plane Pilot Dies In Monterey County Crash

The pilot of a single-engine airplane died Thursday night when the plane crashed in Monterey County, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

The homebuilt airplane departed from Salinas Municipal Airport and crashed at a vineyard in Chualar at around 7 p.m., according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The pilot was reportedly the only person on board and the plane was destroyed in the crash, Gregor said.

The circumstances of the crash were not immediately known. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

Aspiring Oakland Rapper Convicted Of First-Degree Murder

An Oakland man who was an aspiring rapper has been convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting another man outside an East Oakland burger restaurant five months ago because he thought the man had stolen his iPod.

Jurors deliberated for two days before delivering their verdict late Wednesday against 22-year-old Pierre Rushing for the murder of Dawonye Taylor, 25, in front of Quarter Pound Giant Burger at 8026 International Blvd. in April.

Rushing faces a state prison term of 50 years to life when he is sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Gloria Rhynes on Oct. 26.

Manhole Fire Leads To Power Outage In SOMA

Power went out for businesses and residents in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood Thursday afternoon in an outage related to a manhole fire at Folsom and Harriet streets.

Firefighters were called to that intersection at 1:48 p.m., fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

They fought the blaze by applying carbon dioxide, which essentially "smothers" the fire without damaging the underground electrical equipment, Talmadge said.

No injuries were reported and no evacuations were necessary, she said.

PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said the incident knocked out power to about 1,100 customers in the SOMA and lower Potrero Hill neighborhoods. As of about 3:15 p.m., power had been restored to 885 customers, he said.    

He said PG&E is working to bring a generator to the area to get power back to the remaining customers.

Molica said the cause of the outage is still being investigated.

U.S. Navy Will Return Alameda Naval Air Station Site To City Of Alameda

Fourteen years after the Alameda Naval Air Station was closed due to budget cuts, city of Alameda and U.S. Navy officials announced Thursday that the Navy has agreed to transfer the 918-acre site back to the city at no cost.

Speaking at a news conference at the site, which is now known as Alameda Point, Mayor Marie Gilmore said, "This is a momentous occasion" and "is truly a watershed day for the city."

The city lost 14,000 military and civilian jobs when the Naval base closed in 1997, but Gilmore said redeveloping the site could potentially create 6,000 to 9,000 permanent jobs plus thousands of temporary construction jobs.

The Navy had originally asked for $108 million to convey the land, which makes up about one-third of Alameda.

William Carsillo, the Navy's real estate coordinator, said the Navy will save money by not having to maintain the site any more, although it will continue to clean up environmental problems there.

Carsillo said the Navy hopes the city primarily uses the land to create jobs and if more than 1,400 housing units are constructed the city will have to pay $50,000 for each unit.

Gilmore said the agreement, which is expected to be formally approved by the Alameda City Council on Wednesday, "has been a long time coming."

San Francisco Giants News Conference Held After Final Game

One day after the San Francisco Giants lost their final game of the season, Giants General Manager Brian Sabean and Manager Bruce Bochy held a news conference Thursday morning to talk about how the once-defending World Series champions, who will defend no more this season, will rebuild, regroup and retrain during the off-season so that the progress made last year is not forgotten.

The team finished with an 86-76 record -- eight games behind the National League West champions, the Arizona Diamondbacks -- and scored only  570 runs this season, making it one of the team's worst years in terms of runs, second only to the 556 runs logged by the 100-loss 1985 team.

The season was marked by a series of injuries that sidelined some of the team's strongest offensive players and changed its dynamics, but it was not until Saturday, when the Giants fell 15-2 to the Diamondbacks, that postseason play was ruled out.

"To get down to the last week and still be alive -- I consider that a success," Bochy said.    

Despite the pressure brought by high expectations coming off last year's ultimate win, Sabean said that the players maintained the right kind of attitude but that there is definite work to be done.    

"To win 86 games is an accomplishment in itself," he said. "We've set the bar pretty high as to what our expectations are."

As the team's management takes inventory of its players -- 13 of whom are eligible for arbitration -- its biggest concern is protecting the bullpen, Sabean said.

The team will have approximately $124 million to spend on player salaries, Sabean said, but management's first challenge will be to identify which players will advance to spring training and beyond.

San Francisco Night Club Violence Forces Restrictions And Closures

Violence associated with San Francisco nightclubs has forced restrictions and closures of certain venues, but three San Francisco elected officials Thursday announced proposed local legislation they hope will improve safety outside clubs and encourage a healthy entertainment industry.    

Several violent incidents in 2010 -- including a February fatal shooting outside Suede in Fisherman's Wharf and the slaying of a German tourist six months later outside a private party near Union Square -- drew the ire of neighbors and law enforcement, resulting in legislation that placed burdens on nightclub owners.

But part of the problem, according to the proposal's sponsors, is that violence occurs in unattended parking lots near clubs when revelers head home for the night.

In front of Club NV at 525 Howard St. in the South of Market neighborhood Thursday afternoon, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisor Scott Wiener and City Attorney Dennis Herrera outlined the plan that would place more responsibility on owners of garages and lots near entertainment venues.

The proposed legislation will require that all commercial parking garages and lots submit a security plan when applying for their annual permit and will place minimum security requirements on those owners whose lots and garages are within 1,000 feet of an entertainment venue.    

The security plan would need to address visibility for drivers and pedestrians by improving lighting at the lot or garage. Locations within 1,000 feet of clubs would be required to have an on-site security person or attendant working until 3 a.m.

The proposed parking-related ordinance is expected to be introduced at Tuesday's Board of Supervisor's meeting.

Mission District Stabbing Wednesday Night

A man was injured in a stabbing in San Francisco's Mission District on Wednesday night, police said.

The stabbing was reported in the 500 block of South Van Ness Avenue at 8:50 p.m.

The victim, a 51-year-old man, suffered a stab wound to the chest and a cut to his shoulder, and was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, police said.

As of early Thursday morning, the victim was in stable condition, a lieutenant at the department's Mission Station said.

The suspect, a 48-year-old woman, was taken into custody.

Silverado Country Club Fire Not Yet Contained

A fire at a house on Atlas Peak Road near the Silverado Country Club outside of Napa continues to burn this morning and has not been contained, a Cal Fire spokesman said.

The fire was first reported Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at a home at 2379 Atlas Peak Road. Fire crews will remain at the house overnight, Cal Fire Division Chief Dave Shew said.

The fire has been difficult to extinguish because of the shape and design of the "modern" house, Shew said. Crews have had difficulty getting water into the house.

The structure of the house has been significantly damaged and Shew said it most likely cannot be salvaged.

The house fire spread to vegetation surrounding the house. It burned less than an acre of vegetation before wildland firefighters extinguished that blaze, Shew said.

Neighboring homes are not threatened and the fire is isolated to this single property, he said.

The house's occupants were not at home when the fire broke out and no injuries have been reported.

Investigators have not been able to get into the home, slowing a more thorough investigation that could explain the cause of the blaze.

Shew said an addition to the house is being built. No workers or contractors were around when the fire started.

As many as 100 fire crews have helped battle the fire since Thursday afternoon, Shew estimated. Firefighters will cycle shifts as the fire continues through the morning and likely throughout the day.

San Francisco's Bayview District Shooting

A man was injured in a shooting in San Francisco's Bayview District Thursday night, police said.

The victim, a Vallejo resident in his early 20s, was shot several times in the 1500 block of Revere Avenue at around 9:15 p.m., according to police.

He ran to Revere Avenue and Third Street, where officers found him. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not considered life threatening, police said.

No arrests have been made and no suspect description was immediately available.

The police department's gang task force is investigating.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

Mostly cloudy skies are expected today in the Bay Area with patchy fog in the morning, with highs in the low to mid 60s.

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

Saturday is expected to be mostly cloudy with patchy fog and drizzle in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are expected.

 

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Firefighters Respond To Reports Of Manhole Fire

Firefighters are responding to a report of a fire coming from a manhole near Sixth and Folsom streets in San Francisco.

The fire was reported at Folsom and Harriet streets, a dispatcher said.

The dispatcher said the department has sent a carbon dioxide unit to the scene.  

 

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Dolores Park Water System To Be Shut Off

No water will be available to visitors at San Francisco's Dolores Park for part of this week, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department officials said.

The water system will be shut off for up to 48 hours because of construction in the park's playground area.

The shutoff will begin as early as today and will affect the park's bathrooms, drinking fountains and irrigation systems.

 

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