Suspect Shot, Killed in Bayview
A suspect was shot and killed by San Francisco police in the Bayview District Saturday afternoon.
The suspect, who was shot at Oakdale and Third streets at 4:45 p.m., was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital at 7 p.m., according to a police spokesman.
The shooting occurred when two uniformed officers detained a suspect on a Muni light rail platform who fled on foot.
During the foot pursuit, police say the suspect fired at the officers, and the officers fired back.
The officers were not injured.
The shooting is being investigated by the District Attorney's Office and the Office of Citizen Complaints as well as by the police department.
Oscar Grant Friend Killed
A close friend of BART shooting victim Oscar Grant was fatally shot in the parking lot of a gas station in Hayward on Friday night.
Johntue Caldwell, 25, was shot at about 5:30 p.m. while sitting in a parked car at a gas station at West Tennyson Road and Calaroga Avenue, police said.
He was best friends with Oscar Grant III and was there the night of Jan. 1, 2009, when former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Grant, who was unarmed, on the Fruitvale Station platform.
Caldwell was also a plaintiff in a related civil suit against BART scheduled to begin next month.
Police said Caldwell had been sitting in the parked car when at least one suspect approached and fired several rounds.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect ran away and was not located during a search of the surrounding area, police said.
Investigators said they do not believe the shooting was random, although a motive for the shooting has not been determined.
Police Arrest Danville Suspect
A neighborhood canvass near a public park where a girl was inappropriately touched on Thursday led Danville police to an arrest, police said.
The 14-year-old girl was walking past the tennis courts in Diablo Vista Park around 8:30 p.m. when she was approached by a man, police Lt. Jeff Moule said.
The suspect approached the girl, grabbed her in an embrace and touched her chest "in an inappropriate way," Moule said.
When the girl broke away and ran to a family vehicle, the suspect fled into a wooded area east of the park.
Based on neighbors' tips, officers arrested 66-year-old Natesan Arumugam on Friday on suspicion of sexual battery. Arumugam is an Indian man visiting relatives in Danville, according to police.
Arumugam was taken to the Martinez Detention Facility where a bond has been set for $125,000.
3.4 Earthquake Rattles Alameda County
A 3.4-magnitude earthquake shook Alameda County Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The tremor rattled an area two miles southeast of Berkeley and three miles northeast of Emeryville at 3:51 a.m.
The quake had a depth of 4 miles, according to the USGS.
Santa Rosa Fire Quickly Contained
Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that caused $7,500 in damage to an outbuilding in Santa Rosa Friday afternoon.
The fire broke out at about 1:40 p.m. at 2051 W. Hearn Ave., where responding firefighters found a small outbuilding fully engulfed in flames.
Crews worked quickly to hold the fire to the outbuilding and nearby fences and bushes, and it was controlled within 10 minutes.
Firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to nearby homes, including the one located on the property, where the owners were inside at the time the fire was discovered.
While the fire remains under investigation, the fire department said the structure's contents and the building itself were a complete loss.
Arson is not suspected, and the cause appears to be accidental.
A fire investigator and fourteen fire personnel from three engines and one ladder truck assisted in the firefight.
Santa Cruz Police Arrest Church Vandalizing Suspect
Santa Cruz police arrested a man Friday suspected of vandalizing a historical church statue dating back to the 18th century, the department said.
Officers spotted Lee Wilson, 54, near Pacific Avenue and Cooper Street at around 6 p.m.
Police said Wilson was holding a piece of wood that looked like it could be part of a statue.
While the officers were talking to Wilson, police received calls reporting that a wood statue had been vandalized about 20 minutes earlier at Holy Cross Church, located at 126 High St.
The 3- to 5-foot statue, created around 1791, was from the original Mission Santa Cruz, and rests above an alter in the archway of the church's chapel, according to police.
Police said the statue is considered priceless because of its history and rarity.
Wilson was arrested and booked into the county jail on suspicion of felony vandalism, grand theft and probation violation.
Police Seek Suspect in Fairfield Restaurant Armed Robbery
Officers are searching for a man who robbed a restaurant at gunpoint in Fairfield on Friday afternoon, police said.
Police responded to a Chinese restaurant in the 100 block of East Tabor Avenue shortly before 5 p.m. after receiving a call from an employee reporting that they had been robbed.
A man received a meal at the restaurant and refused to pay for it. The man then pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun, pointed it at an employee, and demanded cash, according to police.
The employee refused to give him cash and the suspect ran away. He was last seen running northbound over a cement wall and onto a bike path, police said.
The suspect was described as a black man around 20 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a slender build and a short afro.
He was wearing black pants, a white T-shirt and a black hooded sweatshirt, and was armed with a black handgun.
Man Killed at Party in Salinas
A 24-year-old man was killed early Saturday morning in Salinas when a fight broke out at a party and shots were fired, police said.
Jorge Ramirez Medina Jr. was found at about 1:50 a.m. in the 1700 block of Tahoe Drive suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, police said.
He was taken to Natividad Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at about 2:35 a.m., according to the Monterey County coroner's office.
Police were investigating the shooting as gang related, the department said.
The gunman and his friends fled the area.
San Leandro Man Shot, Killed in East Oakland
A 25-year-old San Leandro man was shot and killed Friday night inside an East Oakland apartment, a police spokeswoman said today.
Police responded at about 9:30 p.m. to a report of a shooting in an apartment in the 2400 block of 106th Avenue and found the victim, whose identity has not been released, suffering from gunshot wounds, Oakland police Officer Holly Joshi said.
The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment but died from his injuries.
No arrests had been made as of Saturday afternoon.
San Rafael Man Arrested for Death Threats to Sen. Barbara Boxer
A San Rafael man was arrested Saturday morning for allegedly making death threats to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.
A series of threatening messages were left on the voice mail of the senator's office voice mail after business hours during the week of July 10, 2011, according to San Rafael police.
Police were contacted earlier this week, and an investigation identified the caller as Kevin Joseph O'Connell.
O'Connell, 47, was arrested near his home on East Francisco Boulevard and booked into Marin County Jail on one count of making criminal threats. Bail is set at $500,000 and he is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Tuesday, July 19th at 9 a.m.
Highway 1 Closed from Lake Street to Highway 101
Highway 1 was set to close in both directions last night from Lake Street to Highway 101 in San Francisco.
The closure from 8 p.m. Saturday night to 11 a.m. Sunday morning was intended to allow work crews to shift northbound and southbound traffic to a new two-lane bridge on Park Presidio Boulevard, north of the MacArthur Tunnel, as part of a project to replace Doyle Drive, project spokeswoman Molly Graham said.
Workers were also expected to restore the exit from southbound Highway 101 to Highway 1/Park Presidio to two lanes.
Treasure Island Gunshots Lead to Suspect
Gunshots heard on Treasure Island Wednesday evening led police to an 18-year-old Daly City man suspected of having stolen a Toyota minivan, police said Friday.
Officers responded to reports of shots fired on the island at about 5:50 p.m., and arriving officers found 14 spent bullet casings strewn along the shoreline.
Witnesses said that the suspect drove off in a blue-green Toyota minivan, police said. Once the description was broadcast over the police radio, responding officers spotted the vehicle driving toward San Francisco on the Bay Bridge.
When police ran the vehicle's plate, it came up as having been stolen, police said.
Upon exiting the bridge, the suspect drove onto Mission Street, where officers pulled the minivan over. Officers detained two people who had been in the car and searched the vehicle, finding a loaded handgun and a box of ammunition on the floorboard, police said.
The gun and the box of ammunition matched the caliber of the spent rounds found on Treasure Island, police said. The driver was also allegedly found to be in possession of the vehicle keys and remote key fob.
The 23-year-old female passenger, of Union City, was later released, but the driver, Lester Lewis, 18, of Daly City, was booked on suspicion of auto theft, possession of a stolen car, several weapons violations and driving with a suspended license, police said.
San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast
The Bay Area is expected to be cloudy with fog and drizzle this morning, becoming partly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s.
Clear skies are expected this evening, with areas of low clouds and fog expected overnight, and lows expected to be in the lower 50s.
Monday is expected to be cloudy with fog expected in the morning and highs expected to be in the 50s to upper 60s.