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Man Suffers Punctured Lung In Bernal Heights

A man suffered a punctured lung in a stabbing in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood early Sunday morning, police said.

The stabbing was reported at 12:14 a.m. Sunday in the 3400 block of Mission Street.

An argument between the 29-year-old victim and another man turned physical and he was stabbed three times in the back, according to police.

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

The suspect was taken into custody. Police have not released his name but said he is 21 years old. 

 

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Cause Of Western Addition Fatal Fire Still Unclear

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that killed a 59-year-old man at an apartment building in San Francisco's Western Addition neighborhood late Saturday morning, a fire department captain said today.

The one-alarm blaze was reported at 11:52 a.m. Saturday at a three-story apartment building in the 1700 block of McAllister Street, near Broderick Street.

The victim, identified by the medical examiner's office as Edward Chadwick, was pronounced dead at the scene, fire Capt. Tyrone Pruitt said.

No other injuries were reported, Pruitt said.    

Although the cause of the fire remains under investigation, it does not appear to be suspicious, he said.

The blaze caused about $150,000 in structural damage, according to Pruitt. There was also minor damage to an adjacent building.

 

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Bullet Grazes Teen's Head As He Drives Through Bayview Intersection

A bullet grazed a teen's head as he drove through an intersection in San Francisco's Bayview District on Saturday afternoon, police said.

The shooting was reported at about 2:20 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Ingalls Street and Hudson Avenue.

The 19-year-old victim went to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for his injury, which was not considered life-threatening, according to police.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting. The suspects are described as juvenile males, but additional information was not available because the victim was uncooperative with investigators, police said.

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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Man Killed In Mission District Shooting Early Monday

A man was fatally shot in San Francisco's Mission District early Monday morning, the third homicide in the neighborhood in less than a week, police said.

The shooting was reported at 2:18 a.m. in the first block of Camp Street, near Guerrero Street.

Officers responding to a report of shots fired found a 45-year-old man lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to the head and another to the chest, according to police.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The medical examiner's office has not yet released his name.

No arrests have been made, and no suspect information was immediately available as of this morning, police said.

The fatal shooting is the third in the Mission District since last Tuesday.

Early that morning, Gaspar Puch-Tzek was killed in a shooting near the intersection of 19th and San Carlos streets, and later that night, 29-year-old Edson Lacayo was found fatally shot in the 800 block of Hampshire Street.

No arrests have been made in either of those shootings, which prompted police to increase patrols in the neighborhood over the weekend to try to quell potential violence between the Norteno and Sureno gangs.    

Both shootings are being investigated as gang-related, according to police. Investigators believe Puch-Tzek may have been mistaken for a gang member, which he was not.

Anyone with information about the shootings 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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San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday News Roundup

"No Justice, No BART" Plans Thursday Protest

As one protest group prepped for its fourth consecutive Monday protest at the Civic Center BART station Monday evening, another activist organization announced plans for a demonstration against BART police on Thursday.

A "No Justice, No BART" spokesman, who identified himself as Krystof, said the group will protest Thursday at 5 p.m. outside the fare gates at Powell Street station.

Krystof said the group expects about 200 people to take part in the demonstration and said that if BART police attempt to interrupt the protest, the group would move to different stations.

No Justice, No BART originally formed after the Jan.1, 2009 BART police shooting of Oscar Grant in Oakland and organizers Monday said they will continue to protest until their demands are met.

One demand, Krystof said, was that transit officials disband the BART police.

Organizers are calling the Thursday protest "Spare the Fare" and are asking commuters who cannot take part in the protest to show their support in another way. Krystof said BART police often open the fare gates to commuters during a protest, allowing riders to enter for free. Organizers Monday asked commuters to take advantage of this and to begin their commutes at Powell Street station on Thursday as a show of support.

No Justice, No BART staged an Aug. 11 protest against the BART police shooting of 45-year-old Charles Hill in July.

During that protest, BART cut off cellphone service at several San Francisco stations, a decision that spurred hacker group "Anonymous" to organize a series of protests, including Monday evening's demonstration at the Civic Center station.

Krystof Monday said that No Justice, No BART is not affiliated with Anonymous and is not planning any events in conjunction with the hacker group.

Although the two activist groups have been operating separately, No Justice, No BART said it supports Anonymous' efforts.

Two-Alarm Concord Fire Damages Three Houses

A two-alarm fire in Concord damaged three houses and two gas meters Monday, prompting PG&E crews to respond, a utility spokesman said.    

The fire started at a house that was under construction at 5213 Skyler Court at around 4:40 p.m., PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said.

The blaze spread to two homes on Mar View Circle. The fire caused extensive damage to a gas meter at 5216 Mar View Circle -- the meter caught fire and gas was flowing, Guidi said.

Utility crews shut off gas service to the home, he said.    

The blaze also spread to a home at 5217 Mar View Circle and caused minor damage to the home's gas meter, according to Guidi.

The fire was under control by 5:22 p.m. and no injuries were reported.

2009 Bayview Murder Suspect Acquitted

A man accused in a 2009 fatal shooting in San Francisco's Bayview District was acquitted of all charges last week, according to Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

Diante Johnson, 22, a parolee who had been living in Daly City, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in September 2009 in Ogden, Utah, in connection with the shooting.

At about 9 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2009, police found the victim, 23-year-old Marquez Benson, lying on the sidewalk, covered in blood, near 8 Matthew Court. Benson later died at the hospital.

Benson and a second man had been shot as they sat inside Benson's parked car. The second victim said a man wearing a knit cap approached the car, took out a handgun and started shooting into the vehicle, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.    

Evidence presented at the nearly three-week trial raised questions about the gunman's identity, according to Johnson's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Eric Quandt.

At the preliminary hearing in January 2010, the surviving victim identified Johnson as the shooter, according to the district attorney's office.

Jurors deliberated for one day before reaching their verdict Thursday afternoon, finding Johnson not guilty of murder and attempted murder. Both charges carried gun enhancements.

Bay Area Sept. 11 Memorial Event Centerpieces

The centerpieces of several Bay Area communities' memorial events on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be steel from the collapsed twin towers.

The steel was recovered from the World Trade Center after 9/11 and secured in Hangar 17 at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the September 11th Families Association teamed up in 2009 to distribute more than 1,800 steel artifacts from the attack to organizations interested in creating memorials.

There were conditions to obtaining the steel, including that the memorials had to be displayed in training grounds for uniformed personnel, parks, or other public places, and that the steel could not be sold.    

The steel has been distributed to sites in all 50 states and seven foreign countries, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

In the Bay Area, steel from the twin towers has gone to Suisun City, Napa, Dixon, Vacaville, Travis Air Force Base and the Ross Valley Fire Department.

Napa Fire Marshal Darren Drake said community groups that are part of the Memorial Project submitted the application for the steel in October 2009 and signed a contract for the metal on Dec. 22, 2010.

Fire Crews At Small Vegetation Fire At Alum Rock Park In San Jose

Fire crews were at the scene of a small vegetation fire at Alum Rock Park in San Jose Monday afternoon.    

Fire Battalion Chief Jim Crawford said about 70 firefighters responded to the 2.5-acre fire, which was burning just above the southern wall of one of the park's canyons.

As of 2:30 p.m., crews had not yet contained the blaze, but the flames were no longer spreading, he said.

Crawford said the fire, which was reported at about 1:45 p.m., wasn't threatening any structures.

The cause has not yet been determined.

Pleasant Hill Religious Groups Hosting Sept. 11 Ceremony

Pleasant Hill religious and community groups will host a ceremony on Sunday to remember those who lost their lives a decade ago in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The event, "One World, One Community," is intended to honor those who died, as well as to inspire people to create a better world, said the Rev. Dr. Fred Weidmann, senior minister at Hillcrest Congregational Church in Pleasant Hill and one of the event's organizers.

The event will include a formal ceremony that will begin at 2:15 p.m. Speakers will include a Pleasant Hill resident whose brother, a New York City police officer, was killed at ground zero and a retired New York City firefighter who responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center.    

Weidmann, who was a clergy person at Riverside Church in New York City on 9/11, will also speak.

He said that after the attacks, he helped provide social services to people who needed food, clothing and other basic necessities, and helped come up with programs to assist people in dealing with the tragedy.

He said he has also worked with Muslim groups to try to move forward with a common understanding.    

The ceremony will be followed by music, food, children's activities and non-competitive games.

There will also be booths set up by local community and church groups where people can sign up to volunteer or to receive services. The Pleasant Hill Police Department will offer fingerprinting of children, and the Hospice of the East Bay will offer grief and anxiety workshops.

The event will be held on Sept. 11 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Salfingere Park next to the Pleasant Hill Community Center on Taylor Boulevard.

Santa Rosa Business Robbed At Gunpoint

A man robbed a business in Santa Rosa at gunpoint Monday night, police said.

The suspect entered the business, which purchases gold in return for cash, in the 600 block of Fourth Street at about 7:40 p.m.    

The man, armed with a pistol, demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

The suspect was described as a black man in his mid 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds. He was wearing a tan shirt and black pants.

Police are also searching for a man who may be associated with the suspect. He was described as a black man in his 60s. He was wearing a tan shirt and baggy khaki pants.    

Anyone with information is asked to call the Santa Rosa Police Department at (707) 543-3590.

San Jose University And Elementary School To Host Events Honoring Pilot Who Died On Flight 93

A San Jose university and elementary school will host events today honoring a pilot who died on Flight 93 to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, school officials said.

Capt. Jason M. Dahl, 43, was one of the pilots on United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed near Shanksville, Pa. on Sept. 11, 2001.    

Capt. Jason M. Dahl Elementary School, which was named in Dahl's honor, will host a rose planting ceremony at 1 p.m. in his memory.    

The second event will be held at San Jose State University, Dahl's alma mater. The university will host a memorial tribute at the flight simulation lab in the Industrial Studies Building at 3 p.m.

Dahl's family plans to attend both gatherings, university officials said. These events are not open to the public.

The university will also host "Into Light: A 9/11 Memorial Concert" at 8 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the school's Music Concert Hall, university officials said.

University president Mohammad Qayoumi will give opening remarks and the SJSU Air Force ROTC color guard will participate in the event. A candlelight vigil will be held after the concert.

This event is free and open to the public, university officials said.

Emergency Crews In Pacifica Rescue Stranded Man, Woman, Dog

Emergency crews rescued a man, woman and dog who were stranded on a cliff in Pacifica Monday afternoon, fire officials said.

Firefighters from the North County Fire Authority responded to Mori's Point at around 12:20 p.m. and found the man, woman and dog about 150 feet below the bluff.

Fire officials said the dog had climbed down the cliff and could not get back up. The man and woman went down to rescue the animal and became trapped as well, fire officials said.

Fire crews repelled down the cliff using an anchor system with ropes and pulleys and pulled the man, woman and dog to safety within two hours, according to fire officials.

No one was injured during the incident.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

Mostly sunny skies are expected in the Bay Area today after mostly cloudy skies with patches of fog this morning. Highs in the 60s to lower 70s are likely.

Tonight is anticipated to be mostly clear before becoming mostly cloudy with patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s are expected.    

Mostly sunny skies are expected Wednesday after clouds and patchy fog clear in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s to lower 70s are expected. 

 

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"No Justice, No BART" Announces Thursday Protest

As one protest group prepped for its fourth consecutive Monday protest at the Civic Center BART station this evening, another activist organization announced plans for a demonstration against BART police on Thursday.

A "No Justice, No BART" spokesman, who identified himself as Krystof, said the group will protest Thursday at 5 p.m. outside the fare gates at Powell Street station.

Krystof said the group expects about 200 people to take part in the demonstration and said that if BART police attempt to interrupt the protest, the group would move to different stations.

No Justice, No BART originally formed after the Jan.1, 2009 BART police shooting of Oscar Grant in Oakland and organizers today said they will continue to protest until their demands are met.

One demand, Krystof said, was that transit officials disband the BART police.

"There's an epidemic of police brutality in our communities," No Justice, No BART organizer Cat Brooks said. "We will not be silent, we will not shut up, we will not go away."

Organizers are calling the Thursday protest "Spare the Fare" and are asking commuters who cannot take part in the protest to show their support in another way. Krystof said BART police often open the fare gates to commuters during a protest, allowing riders to enter for free. Organizers today asked commuters to take advantage of this and to begin their commutes at Powell Street station on Thursday as a show of support.

No Justice, No BART staged an Aug. 11 protest against the BART police shooting of 45-year-old Charles Hill in July.

During that protest, BART cut off cellphone service at several San Francisco stations, a decision that spurred hacker group "Anonymous" to organize a series of protests, including this evening's demonstration at the Civic Center station.

Krystof today said that No Justice, No BART is not affiliated with Anonymous and is not planning any events in conjunction with the hacker group.

Although the two activist groups have been operating separately, No Justice, No BART said it supports Anonymous' efforts.

BART deputy spokesman Jim Allison said BART did not alert passengers about today's protest as it has during the past three weeks, partly because fewer passengers are expected due to the holiday.

"We'll do whatever we can to keep everyone safe and hopefully keep trains on time," he added.

 

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Jury Acquits Suspect In 2009 Bayview Murder

A man accused in a 2009 fatal shooting in San Francisco's Bayview District was acquitted of all charges last week, according to Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

Diante Johnson, 22, a parolee who had been living in Daly City, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in September 2009 in Ogden, Utah, in connection with the shooting.

At about 9 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2009, police found the victim, 23-year-old Marquez Benson, lying on the sidewalk, covered in blood, near 8 Matthew Court. Benson later died at the hospital.

Benson and a second man had been shot as they sat inside Benson's parked car. The second victim said a man wearing a knit cap approached the car, took out a handgun and started shooting into the vehicle, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.

Evidence presented at the nearly three-week trial raised questions about the gunman's identity, according to Johnson's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Eric Quandt.

At the preliminary hearing in January 2010, the surviving victim identified Johnson as the shooter, according to the district attorney's office.

Jurors deliberated for one day before reaching their verdict Thursday afternoon, finding Johnson not guilty of murder and attempted murder. Both charges carried gun enhancements.

 

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US Army Specialist From Livermore Dies After Contracting Rabies

A U.S. Army specialist from Livermore died in New York Wednesday after contracting rabies, according to Army officials at Fort Drum.

Army Spc. Kevin Shumaker, 24, from Livermore was stationed at Fort Drum before he died at a state hospital after contracting the illness, officials said.

Shumaker, who joined the Army in February 2009, was a 10th Mountain Division soldier assigned to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

Shumaker was stationed at Grafenwoehr, Germany after he completed his training in August 2009. He was deployed to Afghanistan in May 2010, where he served as a cook until May 2011. Shumaker came to Fort Drum last month.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Shumaker is survived by his mother and stepfather.   

There is an investigation underway to determine how and where Shumaker contracted rabies, but Army officials said he did not contract the illness in New York.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Monday News Roundup

California Supreme Court To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Arguments in San Francisco On Tuesday

The California Supreme Court -- with two new members seated in the last year -- is set to hear arguments in San Francisco Tuesday on a key issue in the state's legal battle over same-sex marriage.

The question before the panel is whether state law gives Proposition 8's sponsors the right to appeal a federal trial court ruling that found the voter-approved ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional.

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The initiative's sponsors and their committee, Protect Marriage, are seeking to appeal that ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

But in January, the appeals court sent the case to the California Supreme Court for an advisory opinion on whether state law allows an initiative's sponsors to pursue an appeal when the state's governor and attorney general refuse to do so.

Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris have both said they won't defend Proposition 8 because they believe it is unconstitutional.    

The 9th Circuit said that federal law, as set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in an Arizona case in 1997, doesn't appear to allow appeals by initiative sponsors in such circumstances.

Therefore, the court said, "it is critical that we be advised of the rights under California law of the official proponents of an initiative measure to defend the constitutionality of that measure."

After hearing Tuesday's arguments, the seven-member state high court will have 90 days to issue its advisory opinion on whether the proponents have the legal right, or standing, to appeal. The case will then go back to the federal appeals court.

Two-Alarm Residential Garage Fire In Woodacre

A two-alarm fire that broke out in a residential garage on Saturday nearly destroyed a home in the unincorporated area of Woodacre, Marin County fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 14 Ivy Lane at about 6:40 p.m., according to the Marin County Fire Department.

Arriving units found a detached garage fully engulfed in flames, with fire spreading to the adjacent home.

The fire was quickly extinguished, but not before it destroyed the garage and caused significant damage to the primary residence, officials said.

No one was injured.    

The fire displaced four residents, and power in the area was temporarily disrupted.

The cause remains under investigation.

Man In El Sobrante Domestic Violence Incident Found Dead Sunday Morning

A man who barricaded himself into an apartment in El Sobrante Saturday night following an investigation into a domestic violence incident was found dead inside early Sunday morning.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office first received a call about the man around 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, when a domestic violence incident was reported on the 4700 block of Appian Way, sheriff's office spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

The victim in that incident left the scene before deputies arrived, with three children in her car.

Deputies later contacted the suspect, 43-year-old Andrew Harper of El Sobrante, at an apartment on the 4300 block of San Pablo Dam Road, only to discover that Harper was armed with a handgun in a bedroom. The three children were inside the apartment with him.

A perimeter was established and hostage negotiators brought in. Residents in the area were warned to shelter in place away from windows while the standoff continued and traffic was stopped on San Pablo Dam Road.

The three children were allowed to leave the apartment unharmed, while talks continued with Harper, Lee said.

At some point during negotiations, several officers perceived a threat from Harper, and at least one weapon was fired toward him. It remains unknown at this point whether he was struck, Lee said.

A SWAT team entered the home around 3:15 a.m., only to find Harper dead. An autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled for Tuesday.

Oakland Police Identify Man Fatally Shot On Saturday

Police in Oakland have identified a 20-year-old man who was fatally shot in the city on Saturday afternoon.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 2600 block of 74th Avenue at about 3:05 p.m., and found Oakland resident Terrance Smith suffering from at least one gunshot wound, Officer Holly Joshi said.    

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene, Joshi said.   

Police believe that a second victim, an 18-year-old Oakland man who was contacted later at a hospital, was wounded in the same shooting.

The second victim is expected to survive.

San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office Identified Victim Of Saturday Afternoon McAllister Fire

The San Francisco medical examiner's office has identified the victim of a fatal fire that took place in San Francisco Saturday afternoon as 59-year-old Edward Chadwick of San Francisco.

KTVU is reporting the fire occurred around noon on McAllister Street near Broderick. San Francisco fire officials said Sunday that they could not provide further information on the fire.

Technology Company Fire In Santa Rosa Caused $20,000 In Damage

A fire at a technology company's optical division in Santa Rosa caused $20,000 in damage Friday morning, fire officials said.

The blaze was first reported around 6:45 a.m. at JDS Uniphase Corp. at 1405 Thunderbolt Way, according to the Santa Rosa Fire Department.

Employees directed firefighters to the second floor of the building, where flames near exercise equipment had triggered the building's sprinkler system, fire officials said.

The fire was extinguished and the sprinklers were shut down, but there was large amount of water on the second floor that was starting to leak, officials said. In order to prevent damage to the optical equipment on the first floor, tarps were used to cover items during cleanup.

On the second floor, crews used water vacuums and squeegees to remove water. This helped limit water damage to the building and the equipment. The estimated amount of damage is $20,000.

Three engines, two trucks and 19 fire personnel responded to the blaze. The fire is under investigation by the Santa Rosa Fire Department.

Police Arrested Oakland Man In Connection With Saturday Morning Shooting

Police have arrested a 25-year-old Oakland man in connection with a shooting that occurred in the city early Saturday morning.

Officers responded to a reported shooting in the 2600 block of 73rd Avenue at about 3:55 a.m., according to Oakland police spokeswoman Holly Joshi.

Arriving officers found a black 1999 Mercedez SUV that had crashed into a pole, Joshi said. The driver had been shot multiple times.    

The victim was taken to Highland Hospital and was listed in critical condition, Joshi said Sunday.

Investigators arrested a man in connection with the shooting in the 800 block of West Grand Avenue.

He was taken into custody for questioning and has so far denied any involvement in the crime, Joshi said.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Solano County Coroner's Office Identified Man Killed On Interstate Highway 80

The Solano County coroner's office has identified a man struck and killed on Interstate Highway 80 in Vacaville early Sunday morning as 37-year-old Gary Hanks of West Sacramento.

An autopsy is pending, a coroner's office spokesman said.    

Hanks was apparently hit while he was outside his vehicle on westbound I-80 at Midway Road just before 3 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The two right lanes of the freeway were blocked for nearly two hours following the collision, CHP Officer Ralph Caggiano said.

The cause of the collision is under investigation. Animal control officials were called to take the victim's dog, who appeared to be unharmed inside the car, Caggiano said.

Man Exposes Himself To Sausalito Restaurant Employee, Arrested

An extremely intoxicated man who allegedly exposed himself to a female Sausalito restaurant employee on Thursday afternoon was arrested and booked into county jail, police said.

Officers responded at about 4:30 p.m. to the 1200 block of Bridgeway, where the man allegedly exposed himself to a woman employed by Paradise Bay.

When officers located John Nelson, 47, of San Rafael, he appeared to be intoxicated to the point that he posed a safety hazard to himself and others, police said.

Nelson was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and public intoxication. He was booked at Marin County Jail with bail set at $2,500, according to police.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

Sunshine is expected in the Bay Area today after some light rain and patches of fog this morning. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are likely. West winds around 5 mph are anticipated, increasing to 10 to 15 mph this afternoon.

Tonight is anticipated to be mostly cloudy and foggy. Lows in the mid 50s are expected. West winds 10 to 15 mph are likely, before decreasing to around 5 mph after midnight.

Sunny skies are expected Tuesday after clouds clear in the morning. Light winds are anticipated, becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Highs in the 60s to lower 70s are also expected.

 

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Victim Identified In Western Addition Fatal Fire

The San Francisco Medical Examiner has identified the victim of a fatal fire that took place in San Francisco Saturday afternoon as 59-year-old Edward Chadwick of San Francisco.

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KTVU is reporting the fire occurred around noon Saturday on McAllister Street near Broderick. San Francisco fire officials said Sunday that they could not provide further information on the fire.

 

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California Supreme Court To Hear Key Prop 8 Issue Tuesday

The California Supreme Court -- with two new members seated in the past year -- is set to hear arguments in San Francisco Tuesday on a key issue in the state's legal battle over same-sex marriage.

The question before the panel is whether state law gives Proposition 8's sponsors the right to appeal a federal trial court ruling that found the voter-approved ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional.    

The initiative's sponsors and their committee, Protect Marriage, are seeking to appeal that ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.    

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But in January, the appeals court sent the case to the California Supreme Court for an advisory opinion on whether state law allows an initiative's sponsors to pursue an appeal when the state's governor and attorney general refuse to do so.    

Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris have both said they won't defend Proposition 8 because they believe it is unconstitutional.

The 9th Circuit said that federal law, as set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in an Arizona case in 1997, doesn't appear to allow appeals by initiative sponsors in such circumstances.

Therefore, the court said, "it is critical that we be advised of the rights under California law of the official proponents of an initiative measure to defend the constitutionality of that measure."

After hearing Tuesday's arguments, the seven-member state high court will have 90 days to issue its advisory opinion on whether the proponents have the legal right, or standing, to appeal. The case will then go back to the federal appeals court.

The state court's two newest members are Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, a former state appeals court judge named by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace retired Chief Justice Ronald George, and Justice Goodwin Liu, a University of California at Berkeley constitutional law professor nominated by Brown to replace Justice Carlos Moreno.

Cantil-Sakauye, 51, viewed as a moderate, and Liu, 40, considered a liberal, are the two youngest judges on the court, whose other members are in their 60s and 70s. Cantil-Sakauye took office on Jan. 3 and Liu was sworn in to his post by Brown on Thursday, following his confirmation by a state commission on Wednesday.

Both their predecessors played an important role in the court's previous three rulings on same-marriage marriage.

George, as the leader of the court, wrote the majority decision in each of those three cases.

The first was a unanimous decision in 2004 saying that San Francisco didn't have a unilateral right to allow gay marriages without the backing of a state appeals court.  Next, after a new set of cases worked its way through the state court system, George wrote a 4-3 ruling in May 2008 that said the state Constitution provided a right to same-sex marriage.

Finally, in 2009, George wrote a 6-1 decision that said state voters had the right to amend the California Constitution to ban same-sex marriage through Proposition 8, enacted in November 2008.

The lone dissenter who voted to overturn Proposition 8 in 2009 was Moreno, Liu's predecessor. Moreno was then, as Liu is now, the only member of the court appointed by a Democrat.

The battle over same-sex marriage then switched to federal court, in a new lawsuit in which a lesbian couple from Berkeley and a gay couple from Burbank argued that Proposition 8 violated their federal, as opposed to state, constitutional rights.

After a non-jury trial, now-retired U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in San Francisco last year that the initiative violated the federal rights of due process and equal protection. His decision has been put on hold during the appeal.

In contrast to its 2008 ruling, the case now before the California Supreme Court concerns a procedural issue and not the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.

The Proposition 8 sponsors argue that they should be allowed to step in to appeal to protect the fundamental right of Californians to enact initiatives.

"If we don't have standing, who does? It's an absurd result," Protect Marriage attorney Andrew Pugno said last week.

The same-sex couples, joined by the city of San Francisco, contend that the state Constitution gives only the governor and the attorney general, and not "an unelected group of private officials," the authority to decide when and how to defend state laws.

The elected officers have the authority to determine that "some laws are so misguided, discriminatory and harmful that they do not warrant a defense in court," the couples' attorneys wrote in a court filing.

Margaret Russell, a constitutional law professor at Santa Clara University, said last week the California court's ruling will be advisory and the 9th Circuit will make the final decision on whether California's strong tradition of voter initiatives creates a different set of facts from the Arizona case ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court.

"They're asking the California court not to decide, but to inform them," Russell said.

But "the California Supreme Court's decision will be heavily influential," she said.

If the 9th Circuit concludes that the Proposition 8 sponsors have standing, it will go ahead and decide their appeal of Walker's ruling. If not, Walker's decision would be left in place. But a new round of federal court hearings would probably be needed to determine whether Walker's decision would apply statewide or only in Alameda and Los Angeles counties, the home counties of the two plaintiff couples, Russell said.

Another law professor, Marc Spindelman of Ohio State University, said that while the issues before the California Supreme Court are procedural, "they are no sideshow."

"There's nothing trifling about them," he said.    

"What the court has before it are questions about how the state's direct democracy rules should be understood to synch with its constitutionally-based ideas of representative government," Spindelman siad.

"Who speaks for the people and the state - and when?" he asked. 

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Sunday News Roundup

Police Search for Kidnap Suspect in Petaluma

Police are looking for a man who attempted to kidnap a woman in Petaluma early Saturday morning.

An officer on patrol heard a woman screaming for help at about 2:15 a.m. The officer located a 23-year-old woman on Water Street near East Washington Street who said that a man had approached her and told her to come with him.

When she said no, the suspect grabbed her around the neck and pulled her to the ground, according to police. The woman fought back, and the suspect fled.

A police search of the area failed to locate the suspect, who is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s who wore a black shirt and jeans at the time of the attempted kidnapping.

Drunk Driver Almost Strikes Patrol Car in Rohnert Park

Public safety officers in Rohnert Park had a close call early Saturday morning when a drunken driver nearly struck a patrol car that was assisting a disabled vehicle, authorities said.

At about 4:15 a.m., Officer Adam Strongman was patrolling a stretch of East Cotati Avenue near Snyder Lane when he saw a Toyota Prius suddenly veer off the road.

According to the Department of Public Safety, Strongman observed the Prius jump a curb, strike a speed limit sign -- which was thrown some 40 feet down the sidewalk -- and hit a tree before it came to a rest in the roadway.

Strongman checked on the occupant of the vehicle, which had sustained major front-end damage, and found the 19-year-old driver uninjured.

While waiting for a tow truck to remove the Prius from the roadway, officers blocked off the right lane of westbound East Cotati Avenue with their patrol cars and activated the emergency lights to direct traffic around the standing vehicles.

A Jeep Wrangler approached the patrol cars at what officers said was a fast speed. The vehicle did not switch lanes and was barreling down on the patrol car of Officer Dave Sutter.

Seconds before impact, the Jeep's driver braked abruptly, stopping and barely missing hitting the patrol car.

The Jeep's driver, Cotati resident, Braford Prescott II, 19, was placed under arrest after allegedly failing field sobriety tests, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Man Killed in Menlo Park Laboratory Explosion Identified

The man killed in an explosion in a Menlo Park laboratory Thursday has been identified as 56-year-old Adrian Martin of San Jose, the San Mateo County Coroner's Office said Saturday.

Martin, a scientist at Membrane Technology and Research Inc. at 1360 Willow Road was preparing a pre-gas mixture involving methane, helium, and nitrogen when the 4:07 p.m. explosion occurred, according to Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

A woman standing near the door of the lab was thrown clear and survived with only some damage to her eardrum.

Martin was seriously injured. He was recovered from the lab, but then he suffered cardiac arrest and died at the scene, Schapelhouman said.

Schapelhouman said that fire officials found a leaking methane cylinder in the lab, although it was not clear if the cylinder was leaking before the explosion or if it was caused by the blast.

More than 20 employees were evacuated from the business, and a hazardous materials team responded to ensure that the area was safe.

Solono County Coroner's Office Identifies Fairfield Man and Woman Involved in Apparent Murder-Suicide

The Solano County coroner's office has identified a Fairfield man and woman involved in an apparent murder-suicide Thursday evening.

Police received calls of a shooting at a home in the 300 block of Tulip St. around 6:38 p.m. Officers arrived and found 39-year-old Cassandra Turner and 38-year-old Adam Turner with gunshot wounds to the torso inside the home's garage.

Medical personnel pronounced the two dead at the scene, Fairfield police said.

Police determined that Adam Turner shot his wife of eight years during an argument and then turned the gun on himself. Two witnesses were inside the home during the shooting, but were not injured.

Three of four witnesses who were in or just outside the house are siblings and the suspected shooter and victim were their parents, according to police.

They were interviewed by police and are staying with family in the area.

Man Shot in Car in SoMa

A man was shot early Saturday morning while sitting in his car in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, a police lieutenant said.

The 24-year-old man had been sitting in his vehicle in the 1000 block of Harrison Street, near Sixth Street, when two suspects approached, fired into the vehicle and fled on foot, Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

The victim was struck several times and was transported to a hospital, where he was treated for what are considered life-threatening injuries, Dangerfield said.

Witnesses provided information that enabled an officer to arrest one of the suspects and recover a handgun, Dangerfield said.

Police are searching for the second suspect who is described as an African American male between 20 and 23 years old.

The active investigation is being conducted by the Southern Police Station and the gang task force, Dangerfield said.

Multiple Gunshot Victim Drove to Police Substation

A victim with multiple gunshot wounds drove about four blocks to an Oakland police substation before he was taken to a hospital Saturday morning, an Oakland police officer said.

Around 3:50 a.m., the victim was shot multiple times near 69th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. He then drove injured to a nearby police station at 2651 73rd Ave. and was then taken to the hospital in stable condition, Officer Kevin McDonald said.

F-Line Car Colides with Vehicle at Church at 27th

An F-line car collided with a vehicle at Church and 27th streets Saturday evening, according to a Muni spokesman.

The collision occurred around 7:40 p.m., according to Muni spokesman Paul Rose.

No one was on board the F-line Milan car involved in the accident, but one person in the vehicle was injured. They were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, Rose said.

The collision occurred at slow speeds, according to Rose.

The accident caused delays on the F-line. Motor coach shuttles have been put in place between 22nd and 30th streets on Church.

Man Barricades Himself into Home in Contra Costa County

A man barricaded himself into a home on the 4300 block of San Pablo Dam Road Saturday evening after police responded to a report that he was beating a woman, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office received a call reporting that the man was beating a woman around 7:15 p.m., spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

When deputies responded, the man went into a home and armed himself with a handgun.

Initially, three children and the woman were still in the house with the suspect, but after about half an hour they were released safely, Lee said.

Police hostage negotiators were speaking with the man Saturday evening and trying to persuade him to surrender himself peacefully.  

Petaluma Man Arrested After Allegedly Trying to Lure 13-Year-Old Girl into Car

A Petaluma man was arrested Saturday morning after he allegedly tried to lure a 13-year-old girl into his car in front of an off-duty police officer. 

Police say 59-year-old Seyed Ferdows was seen pulling up to a 13-year-old girl on Ely Boulevard South at Frates Road just after 11 a.m. and motioning with his hand for the girl to get in his car.

He then allegedly opened his car door and continued to motion to the girl, who ran away.

An off-duty Petaluma police sergeant who was in the area at the time saw the incident. He dropped his wife off with the victim and drove after the suspect.

Ferdows was stopped several blocks away and arrested on suspicion of annoying or molesting a child.

Police are now looking for any witnesses. A female jogger wearing black running tights and a pink t-shirt was seen running past the victim, but could not be located after a search of the area.

The suspect was driving a black Toyota 4-door Corolla.

Bank of America Cardholders Get Free Bay Area Museum Entrance

Bank of America cardholders can do more -- and save more -- this weekend with their credit and debit cards.

Cardholders can gain free entrance to Bay Area museums through the "Museums on Us" program, which runs through today during museum hours, bank officials said.

Participating museums in the San Francisco area include the Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, Museum of the African Diaspora and Zeum in San Francisco, as well as the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland.

Merrill Lynch cardholders also qualify for free admission to the museums.

The free museum program is in its 14th season, according to Bank of America.

One of Five Defendants Charged in 2008 Novato Murder Pleads Guilty

One of five defendants charged with the 2008 murder of Novato businessman Tong Van Le pleaded guilty Friday to involuntary manslaughter.

Sean Demetrius Washington, 25, agreed to a five-year prison sentence and will testify against his co-defendants. He also pleaded guilty to use of a weapon.

The trial for the remaining defendants in the Sept. 13, 2008, slaying of Le in the driveway of his Novato home is scheduled to start next month. The trial was scheduled to start Tuesday, but was postponed Friday, according to attorney Robert Casper. Jury selection is now set for Oct. 3.

Along with Washington, Larry Blay Jr., 21, Kevin Abram, 20, Deandre Blay, 19, and C. Autis Johnson, 20, all of San Francisco, were indicted on June 12, 2009, for Le's murder.

Anchulita Uribe, 36, of Antioch, is charged with being an accessory.

The indictment alleges Le was killed to prevent his testimony regarding the robbery of his San Francisco business in 2008. All five murder defendants could face life in prison without parole if convicted.

Le, 44, was fatally shot inside his Lexus at his residence at 57 Pizarro Ave. in Novato. He had witnessed the robbery of his business, Nasser Market in San Francisco, on Aug. 23, 2008.

The indictment alleges Washington, Deandre Blay, Abram and Johnson followed Le home from the market in a 1991 Acura Legend and ambushed Le in the garage. Le was shot once in the head.

Larry Blay Jr. allegedly ordered the killing from his jail cell in San Francisco, according to the indictment. The indictment does not identify who shot Le.

Bank Robbed in South San Francisco

A bank was robbed late Thursday morning in South San Francisco when a man gave a teller a note demanding money and said he had a gun, according to police.

The suspect, who may have been in disguise, entered the bank in the 300 block of Grand Avenue around 11:30 a.m. and gave a teller a note saying he was armed and that he wanted money from the teller drawers, police said.

The teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money, and the suspect then fled from the bank on foot. He was last seen running eastbound from the bank.

No customers or employees were injured during the robbery.

The suspect is described as a Middle Eastern or Hispanic man, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and between 160 to 180 pounds. He was wearing a yellow turban, thick round shaped eyeglasses, a gray long-sleeve button up shirt and dark pants. He had a beard and was carrying a black laptop bag with the strap over his shoulder, police said.

Police said it is unclear if the turban, glasses and beard were real or were part of a disguise.

CHP Crackdown on Drunk Driving this Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend, as the unofficial end of summer, is about more than just maximizing one's sunshine intake at barbecues.

For the California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement, it's about maximizing enforcement and cracking down on impaired driving.

Since August 19, law enforcement agencies have been conducting ongoing campaigns meant to curb drunken driving. The CHP has dubbed this period of increased vigilance as its Maximum Enforcement Program.

Statewide, CHP officers had arrested 468 drivers suspected of driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or both, according to provisional numbers released Saturday.

The arrests represent an increase from last year's total of 436 DUI arrests for the same period, from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.

In Marin County, law enforcement agents made one DUI arrest stemming from 1,786 vehicle screenings at a San Rafael checkpoint Friday night. Thirteen field sobriety tests were administered at the Avoid the 13 DUI and driver's license checkpoint at the intersection of Grand Avenue and East Francisco Boulevard.

One person was arrested on an outstanding warrant, three drivers with suspended licenses were arrested, and 15 unlicensed drivers were cited and released, according to San Rafael police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher. Three mechanical citations and 30 moving safety violations were also issued between 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. at the checkpoint, she said.

In Sonoma County, two people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence during a Friday night checkpoint in Santa Rosa that netted 11 other arrests for driver's license or substance-related violations.

Bay Area Sunday Weather

The Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy this morning before becoming sunny. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are expected. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph are also anticipated, increasing to 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Skies are expected to mostly clear this evening, before becoming cloudy and foggy tonight. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph are anticipated, becoming west 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s are predicted.

Sunshine is expected Labor Day after cloudy skies clear in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are predicted, with west winds 5 to 10 mph.

Weather Forecast for San Francisco Bay Area

The Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy this morning before becoming sunny. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are expected. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph are also anticipated, increasing to 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Skies are expected to mostly clear this evening, before becoming cloudy and foggy tonight. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph are anticipated, becoming west 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s are predicted.

Sunshine is expected Labor Day after cloudy skies clear in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are predicted, with west winds 5 to 10 mph

San Francisco Bay Area Saturday News

Fire Officials Investigate Menlo Park Explosion

Fire officials are investigating an explosion in a Menlo Park laboratory that killed one worker and injured another, fire officials said Friday. The explosion at 1360 Willow Road was reported at 4:07 p.m. at Membrane Technology and Research Inc. Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said a scientist at the research and development company was preparing a pre-gas mixture involving methane, helium, and nitrogen in a lab at the time of the explosion. A woman standing near the door of the lab was thrown clear and survived with only some damage to her eardrum.

The scientist preparing the mixture was seriously injured. He was recovered from the lab, but he later suffered cardiac arrest and died at the scene, Schapelhouman said. Schapelhouman said that fire officials found a leaking methane cylinder in the lab, although it was not clear if the cylinder was leaking before the explosion or if it was caused by the blast. Firefighters were ventilating the building Friday night, allowing the cylinder to dispel all of its contents before starting a secondary search and the investigative process, Schapelhouman said. "We need to make it safe and we're in the process of doing that," he said. More than 20 employees were evacuated from the business, and a hazardous materials team responded to ensure that the area was safe. Schapelhouman said there is no risk to residents in the surrounding communities of Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.

Marin County Superior Court Judge Appoints Public Defender to Represent Serial Killer

A Marin County Superior Court judge Friday afternoon appointed the county public defender's office to represent alleged serial killer Joseph Naso. Judge Andrew Sweet also postponed Tuesday's scheduled preliminary hearing and set Oct. 11 as the date to set a new hearing date. Sweet ruled he is obligated by law to appoint an attorney to represent Naso in the potential death penalty case even if he refuses or fails to hire an attorney. Naso, 77, of Reno, has been representing himself since he was charged in April with killing four Northern California women, including two from the Bay Area between 1977 and 1994.

In court Friday morning Naso gave up the right to be his own attorney and he asked Sweet to appoint a public defender. Naso will be responsible for reimbursing the public defender's office for representing him. Sweet said there will be a hearing to determine the value of the public defender's representation and the amount Naso will have to pay. The Marin County District Attorney's Office has asserted Naso has $1 million in liquid assets. Naso said he has been having problems accessing his assets. He told the judge Friday morning he suspects someone has removed his money from a Wells Fargo bank in Nevada. The public defender's office said earlier this year Naso does not qualify for its services because of his assets. The preliminary hearing that was to start Tuesday was expected to last two weeks. Deputy District Attorney Rosemary Slote said she plans to call 49 witnesses.

Man Charged of Sexual Assault, Dismissed

A judge dismissed the majority of the charges against a man accused of sexually assaulting three women at his San Francisco apartment following the preliminary hearing Friday. Robert Hoffman, 50, who also goes by the name Michael, was being held on $3 million bail and faced nine felony charges including rape, forced oral copulation and sexual battery in connection with three incidents between March and August at his apartment in the 1000 block of North Point Street near Ghirardelli Square.

Six of those charges were thrown out by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Bruce Chan, who determined there was insufficient evidence to try Hoffman on charges related to two of the incidents. After Friday's testimony, Chan also reduced Hoffman's bail to $450,000, which is in line with statutory guidelines for the two counts of forced oral copulation and one count of sexual battery that remain. Hoffman, who works as an employment lawyer in San Francisco, was accused of sexually assaulting a 36-year-old East Bay woman in March, a 19-year-old San Francisco woman in June and a 25-year-old East Bay woman on Aug. 5, prosecutors said. The prosecution did not object to the dismissal of the charges and did not comment after the hearing. Hoffman will next appear in court on Sept. 16 for formal arraignment on the remaining charges. Hanlon said that he anticipates Hoffman will be out on bail sometime within the next week.

San Jose Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty

A San Jose police officer pleaded not guilty in court Friday morning to charges of having sexual contact with two underage teen boys. Patrick D'Arrigo, 44, was arrested by Gilroy police officers on Wednesday afternoon at the San Jose Police Department's internal affairs office. D'Arrigo, a Gilroy resident, was arrested while on duty after a grand jury indicted him on the same day. He was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on charges of unlawful sexual contact with minors and was later released on $100,000 bail. Friday morning D'Arrigo appeared in court clad in a dark blue suit with his attorney, Brian Madden, for a brief arraignment hearing. A date for a trial setting hearing was scheduled for Sept. 15 in Morgan Hill. "He's obviously not happy about becoming a defendant," Madden said afterward. "But he will answer these charges." The arrest followed an investigation by Gilroy police into allegations of inappropriate contact with the victims, who are 15 and 17 years old. Both are residents of Gilroy, according to Gilroy police Sgt. Chad Gallacinao. He is facing oral copulation charges involving both victims. The crimes allegedly occurred on multiple occasions at D'Arrigo's home on Adler Street in Gilroy in 2008 and 2009.

Green Day Singer Allegedly Removed From Airplane for Saggy Pants

Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer for Berkeley punk band Green Day, has said he was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight because he was wearing saggy pants. The singer posted an item on his Twitter account Thursday around 7 p.m. stating that he had just been kicked off a Southwest flight "because my pants sagged too low!" Southwest Airlines has not yet returned a call requesting comment on the reported incident, but responded to Armstrong's tweet with one of its own stating "Very sorry for your experience tonight, someone from our Customer Relations Team will reach out to you to get more details."

The incident echoed the June 15 arrest of Deshon Marman at San Francisco International Airport after he was removed from a U.S. Airways flight to Albuquerque, N.M. San Francisco police said Marman, a student and football player at the University of New Mexico, was told by airline crew members several times to pull up his pants to cover his underwear both before and after he boarded the plan. Police said he refused to leave the plane and then resisted officers when they tried to handcuff him. Marman's family has said he told airline staff that he could not pull up his pants because he was carrying bags and his hands were full. After he sat down, however, the plane's pilot approached him and ordered him off the plane. The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office declined to file charges after reviewing the case, and supporters have said the incident was racially motivated. Marman's family is filing a lawsuit this week, according to the Rev. Amos Brown, president of the San Francisco chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The NAACP has asked or an apology from U.S. Airways and has tried repeatedly to meet with airline officials about the incident, but so far has been rebuffed, Brown said.

Missing iPhone 5 Story Continues...

San Francisco police say four police officers accompanied representatives from Apple Inc. to contact a Bernal Heights resident regarding a lost item, which has widely been reported to be an iPhone prototype. Officers from the Ingleside district accompanied the Apple employees to a home on the 500 block of Anderson Street after Apple contacted police for help, Lt. Troy Dangerfield said. The Apple employees then contacted the resident at the home and went inside to search for the lost item, Dangerfield said.

When they did not find the item, they left the house. San Francisco police issued a statement on the search after media reports indicated that the man whose home was searched had been led to believe he was dealing with the police. Police initially said there was no record of the incident, but then determined that some officers had in fact assisted in the search. The statement from police did not indicate when the search occurred. Dangerfield said he did not know if the police and Apple employees had clearly identified themselves but had no information indicating they did not. Dangerfield declined to answer any further questions on the incident. Calls to Apple seeking comment were not returned.

Man Arrested on Suspicion of Stealing U-Haul Gas

A man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing gas from U-Haul rental trucks in Mountain View and setting fire to the trucks in July. Jesse Jakubik, 48, of Palo Alto, was arrested just after midnight on Thursday after an officer spotted him allegedly sneaking out of a U-Haul facility at 62 W. El Camino Real through a hole in a fence, police said. Jakubik's pickup truck, which was parked nearby on state Highway 237, contained four five-gallon containers filled with gas and 13 empty five-gallon containers, according to police. Police believe the gas was stolen from U-Haul rental trucks parked at the facility after finding a rental truck that had a siphon still inserted into the gas tank. The value of the stolen gas was estimated at about $80, according to police.

During their investigation, police found that Jakubik resembled the suspect captured by a security camera setting fire to a U-Haul truck at the same facility on July 20 that ultimately spread and burned eight trucks. Moreover, the jacket Jakubik was wearing when he was arrested looked like the same jacket worn by the suspect who set the fire, police said. Jakubik was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on charges of burglary, which stemmed from him allegedly going into an unlocked U-Haul storage shed without permission when he took the gas just before he set the fire, unlawfully causing the July 20th fire, prowling on private property, possession of stolen property, and violating the terms of his probation, according to police. He was on probation for a drug-related conviction, police said.

San Francisco Taxi Fares Set to Increase

People planning to take taxis around San Francisco this Labor Day holiday weekend should carry a little extra money because cab fares are going up. The flag drop rate, the amount charged the moment the meter starts, has been increased from $3.10 to $3.50, according to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesman Paul Rose. While the increase took place officially on Thursday, different taxi companies will probably roll it out at different times over the next week, Rose said. Rates will also increase from 45 to 55 cents per fifth of a mile, and from 45 to 55 cents per minute of wait time. The SFMTA's board of directors unanimously approved the fare increase on Aug. 2. The board also voted 6-1 at the same meeting to increase the number of taxis authorized to drive in San Francisco, but that change will not take place for another two months. Currently, there are around 1,500 authorized cabbies driving in the city, according to Rose. Paperwork will be complete for the issuance of 85 new taxi medallions 90 days from the board's vote, he said. Another two medallions will be issued specifically for 'battery switch' electric taxis which will also be able to drive full time, Rose said. However, the two electric cabs won't be in service until 2012.

Donald Casper's Family Seeks Closure

Family members and friends of a San Francisco attorney killed in a hit-and-run in Sonoma County last month issued a plea for information Friday in an effort to bring closure to what they called a tragic accident. Donald Casper was jogging on the south shoulder of eastbound River Road west of Wilshire Drive on Aug. 14 around 7 p.m. when he was struck by a pickup truck. Witnesses said the truck slowed down, then fled east on River Road. Casper, 63, vice president of the San Francisco Civil Service Commission, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency providers. A $12,500 reward was announced for information on the incident since then, and the California Highway Patrol has put hundreds of hours into the investigation, but the driver of the truck remains at large. Family members and friends Friday said they believe the incident was almost certainly an accident, and pleaded for anyone with information on the truck or driver to contact the police.

Casper was also hailed for his 11 years of service on San Francisco's Civil Service Commission. Investigators believe the truck was a 2004 to 2008 Ford F-150 XLT or Lariat, possibly four-wheel drive, with four doors. It was white with a gold or tan stripe. A video camera at a winery near the accident caught the truck on film, but does not show the driver, said Officer Mike Phennicie, the chief investigator for the CHP. Investigators think the truck might be hidden or parked in a garage. The CHP is asking the public to identify anyone who owns a similar truck and has suddenly stopped driving it. The truck might have right front-end damage. Anyone with information can contact the CHP Santa Rosa Area at (707) 588-1400 or the CHP tip line at (707) 588-5023 ext. 238.

Bay Area Weather Forecast

The Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy with patchy fog this morning before becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the 60s to lower 70s are anticipated. Skies are expected to be mostly clear this evening before becoming mostly cloudy with patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s are anticipated. Mostly cloudy skies and patchy fog are likely Sunday morning before becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the 50s to upper 60s are anticipated. -0-

Business Burglarized In Bayview Early This Morning

A business was burglarized in San Francisco's Bayview District early this morning, police said.

The burglary was reported at about 3:30 a.m. when the victim reported a call from his alarm company saying a motion alarm had been activated at his business in the 700 block of Bayshore Boulevard, according to police.

The victim responded and found that his business had been ransacked, with various antiques, jewelry and artwork missing, police said.

No arrests have been made in connection with the burglary and no suspect information was immediately available 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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Police Stepping Up Patrols In Mission Follow Two Fatal Shootings

San Francisco police are stepping up patrols in the city's Mission District and surrounding neighborhoods in response to two fatal gang-related shootings earlier this week, police Chief Greg Suhr said today.

On Tuesday night, 29-year-old Edson Lacayo was found fatally shot in the 800 block of Hampshire Street, less than 24 hours after Gaspar Puch-Tzek, 22, was shot near the intersection of 19th and San Carlos streets.

Puch-Tzek, who had just left the nearby Hog and Rocks restaurant where he worked as a cook, died later Tuesday at San Francisco General Hospital.

Both shootings are being investigated as gang-related, police said. Investigators believe Puch-Tzek may have been mistaken for a gang member, which he was not.

Speaking at an unrelated event today, Suhr said the department is stepping up enforcement and patrols in the Mission and Ingleside neighborhoods to try to quell potential violence between the Norteno and Sureno gangs.

"It's an effort to get out in front of it before a warm three-day weekend," he said. "We're hitting up all the local haunts."

Two suspects are being sought in connection with the shooting of Puch-Tzek. They are described as Hispanic men between 25 and 30 years old wearing dark clothing and hoodies. They were last seen running west on 19th Street away from San Carlos Street, police said.

No detailed suspect description was immediately available in connection with Lacayo's death.

Anyone with information about either 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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The Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy with patchy fog this morning before becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the 60s to lower 70s are anticipated.

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San Francisco Bay Area Friday News Roundup

Car Dangles Over Edge Of Building As A Result Of Moscone Center Crash

A crash on the fourth floor of a parking garage at San Francisco's Moscone Center Thursday afternoon sent metal and glass falling onto the sidewalk below and left a car dangling over the edge of the building.

The crash was reported at about 1:10 p.m. at a garage on Third Street just north of Folsom Street.

An employee at the parking garage was moving a customer's vehicle, which apparently had some sort of mechanical issue, down a ramp on the fourth floor when the accident happened, police Sgt. Stephen Smalley said.

Something went wrong, and the employee was unable to stop the car before it crashed through a metal barrier and went partway out of the building, Smalley said.

Two pieces of the barrier fell, each about 5 feet long and weighing about 200 pounds, fire Battalion Chief Charles Crane said.

One of the pieces landed in a tree, and the other hit some exterior glass panels above the garage's payment center before landing on the sidewalk, Crane said.

One of the panels shattered, sending glass onto the sidewalk.    

Considering the time of day when the crash happened, and the fact that Salesforce.com was holding a large convention across the street at Moscone Center, Crane said, "It's a miracle someone didn't get killed."

The car, a light blue Mazda 3 with Nevada plates, was left hanging partway out of the building, with its front wheels over the edge, Smalley said. The vehicle was towed back into the building and taken away shortly after 2 p.m.

The employee complained of a leg injury and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated, Crane said. He said the injury was minor.

Solano County Youth Pastor Arrested On Suspicion Of Lewd Acts With Underage Bible Study Student

A youth pastor at a Solano County church has been arrested onsuspicion of committing lewd acts with one of his underage female Bible study students, a Benicia police lieutenant said.

The Benicia girl is under 14 years old and, to protect her identity, police are not identifying the church, which is not located in Benicia, Lt. Mike Daley said.

John Edward Gamboa, 38, of American Canyon, was booked into Solano County Jail Tuesday for committing lewd acts with a child under age 14, contacting a minor to engage in lewd behavior, and burglary.

Gamboa and the girl knew each other before they allegedly began talking and texting each other in February and March, Daley said.

The girl's parents learned about the communication, mediated the issue through the church, and warned Gamboa to stop the inappropriate behavior, Daley said.

The two resumed texting in July, and in August Gamboa allegedly snuck into the girl's home where he and the girl allegedly engaged in kissing and inappropriate touching, Daley said.

The two met again five days later at an event at a Fairfield business where they allegedly engaged in kissing and inappropriate touching in a secluded area, Daley said.

The girl's mother found inappropriate text messages when she checked her daughter's phone, Daley said. When the girl admitted the behavior, the parents called police, Daley said.

Police contacted Gamboa, who Daley said admitted the allegations during a statement at police headquarters Tuesday evening. He was arrested without incident.

Challenge to California's Death Penalty Results In Executions Being Put On Hold For Five Years

A long-running challenge to California's death penalty procedures that has resulted in executions being put on hold for five years has been assigned to a new federal judge in San Francisco.

The reassignment to U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg was announced Thursday morning by the Northern California federal court's executive committee.    

The 2006 lawsuit by several death row inmates was handled by U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel of San Jose for five years, but Fogel has taken a long-term leave from the court to head the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C.

The lawsuit claims the state's three-drug lethal injection procedure could cause extreme pain, in violation of the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

A 2006 ruling by Fogel, who found that the procedure then in effect had numerous flaws, has resulted in a moratorium in executions at San Quentin State Prison. 

State corrections officials have now revised the procedure and the revamped protocol is expected to undergo court scrutiny within the next few months.

There are more than 700 inmates on the state's death row, with cases in various stages of appeal.

Seeborg, who formerly worked as a federal prosecutor in San Jose, as a private lawyer and as a federal magistrate, was appointed as a trial judge by President Obama in 2009. His courtroom is in the San Francisco branch of the federal court.

San Jose Police Searching For Pickup Truck Driver Who Feld After Truck Overturned, Spilled Marijuana

San Jose police are looking for the driver of a pickup truck who fled after the truck overturned on its side and spilled bags of marijuana on the street early Wednesday.

Police said the incident occurred at about 12:50 a.m. at the intersection of Blossom Hill Road and Playa Del Rey.

It was not immediately apparent whether the truck, a white 1992 Toyota pickup, crashed into another car. When officers arrived they found the truck on its side with some bags filled with marijuana scattered about, police Officer Jose Garcia said.

He said before officers responded, there were reports of people picking up the bags from the streets.

Police took the remaining bags and a loaded handgun they found inside the vehicle, Garcia said.

The driver of the truck is at-large and has not yet been identified, he said.

Centerfield Partners LLC Proposing North American League Baseball Team In San Rafael

The next pitch for professional baseball in San Rafael is a change-up.

Centerfield Partners LLC, the Dublin-based partnership proposing a North American League professional baseball team in San Rafael, has recently downsized its plans to avoid costly and time-consuming studies and environmental review.

It revealed substantial changes a week ago to its ambitious application to field a team at Albert Park.

The initial proposal included expanded seating, renovated bathrooms, new netting and parking arrangements to accommodate the crowds during the 45-game season that was to start in spring 2012 at the 60-year-old park.

San Rafael City Council members and opponents of the proposal balked at the plans. The Council in August said it could not approve the proposal without environmental review.

"We essentially propose to use the park 'as is', with limited seating expansion and no change to existing perimeter fence lines," Centerfield Partners' Chief Executive Officer Brian Clark said in a letter to San Rafael Community Services Director Carlene McCart.

Brian Sobel, the Petaluma consultant representing Centerfield Partners, said Thursday the revised plans will "obviate the need for an environmental review" and treat Centerfield Partners just like any other applicant that wants to use the baseball field.

The revised proposal will be aired at the Sept. 19 San Rafael City Council meeting.

Man Attempted To Kidnap 8-Year-Old Girl In Dixon

A man tried to kidnap an 8-year-old girl at a park in Dixon Wednesday afternoon, a police sergeant said.    

The girl was playing with her 12-year-old sister in a park in the 1300 block of Valley Glen Drive around 5:45 p.m., Sgt. Ronald Willingmyre said.

The girls said a man approached them and asked the 12-year-old girl a question, Willingmyre said.

As the girl started to answer, the man grabbed her by the waist and lifted up the front of her shirt, Willingmyre said.

The 8-year-old girl tried to pull her sister away. The man then let go of the older girl and grabbed the younger girl from behind, Willingmyre said.

The girl yelled and the man released the younger girl and ran toward Legion Avenue, Willingmyre said.

The girls were not injured and ran home to tell their mother.    

As police responded to the incident, they received a description of the suspect.

He was described as a white man, 40 to 50 years old, approximately 5 feet 11 inches with blue eyes. He is either bald or has very short blond hair, police said.

The man was wearing a blue shirt, blue shorts and white shoes with an "S" on the side, police said.

Two Men Suspected Of Selling Lost iPhone 4 Prototype Pleaded Not Guilty

Two men suspected of selling an iPhone 4 prototype that was lost last year in a Redwood City bar pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges in San Mateo County Superior Court Thursday morning.

Brian John Hogan, 22, and Sage Robert Wallower, 28, are suspected of selling the leaked phone to a techonology blog, Gawker Media's Gizmodo, after it was found at the Gourmet Haus Staudt restaurant on March 18, 2010.

The men were each charged with one count of misappropriation of lost property after they allegedly arranged to sell the device for $5,000 to the blog, which then disassembled it and posted details about the prototype on its website.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said the two men did not appear in court Thursday morning but that Hogan's attorney, Jeffrey Bornstein, and Wallower's attorney, Elizabeth Grossman, entered not-guilty pleas on their clients' behalf.

At Thursday morning's court hearing, a pretrial conference was scheduled for Oct. 11 and a trial date was set for Nov. 28, Guidotti said.

No charges were filed against Gizmodo employees.    

News reports surfaced Wednesday that an iPhone 5 prototype was recently lost by an Apple employee at a San Francisco bar.

According to a CNET report, the phone was lost in late July at Cava 22, a restaurant and bar in San Francisco's Mission District. The article goes on to say that San Francisco police and Apple employees visited a home in Bernal Heights where the phone had apparently been traced.

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said the company is declining to comment on the matter.

Dead Birds In Contra Costa County Tested Positive For West Nile Virus

More dead birds found in Contra Costa County have tested positive for West Nile virus, which shows that the virus is present and being transmitted, according to the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District.

A total of nine birds collected in Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Antioch, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Alamo and Knightsen have tested positive for the virus, according to Deborah Bass, spokeswoman for the district.     

A mosquito sample collected in Oakley has also tested positive for the virus, Bass said.

While not all dead birds that are reported will be collected and tested, information from dead bird reports is entered into a database that helps the district identify clusters of dead birds.

Those clusters show areas where the virus is most active and help the mosquito district determine where to focus their efforts to control mosquito populations.

People can report dead birds by calling the state West Nile virus hotline at (877) 968-2473. Reports can also be made online at www.westnile.ca.gov.

While studies show that the majority of West Nile virus infections in humans go undiagnosed, 26 people in the county have been diagnosed with the illness since 2005, including two who died from it in 2006.

Caltrain's Board Of Directors Approved A Five-Year Contract With TransitAmerica

Caltrain's Board of Directors Thursday approved a five-year contract with TransitAmerica to run its train system, ending a 19-year partnership with Amtrak.

Caltrain officials said that after an extensive bidding process, TransitAmerica's bid was the highest ranking in its cost proposal, the qualifications of the company's staff, and its operations and maintenance plans.

"We made an important business decision to go to the marketplace and seek new ideas, new energy and new approaches to how the rail operations contract was administered and performed," Caltrain executive director Michael Scanlon said in a statement.

Amtrak will continue to run the train system during a five-month transition period, officials said.

For the first full year of the contract, Caltrain will pay TransitAmerica $59.5 million, according to Caltrain officials. Subsequent contract amounts will be subject to annual negotiations.

"While the contribution of Amtrak to the Caltrain service has been significant, today's decision was about the future of the system, and TransitAmerica provided the most effective plan for providing service to our riders," Caltrain board chairman Sean Elsbernd said in a statement.

Half Moon Bay Gang-Related Shooting

Three suspects were arrested Thursday morning in connection with a gang-related shooting in Half Moon Bay in early August, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

The three were arrested in connection with a gang-related shooting in the 200 block of Grove Street on Aug. 14 in which two people were hospitalized with gunshot wounds. The shooting may have stemmed from a dispute between the Norteno and Sureno street gangs, sheriff's officials said.

Investigators determined that Christian Serrano DeLeon, 21, of Half Moon Bay was the primary suspect and took him into custody after searching a residence in the 400 block of Metzgar Avenue at 7 a.m. Thursday morning, sheriff's officials said.

Probation searches at other homes over the next couple of hours led to the arrests of two additional suspects.    

Marco Antonio Barajas, 18, of Half Moon Bay was located at a residence in the 400 block of Willow Street and taken into custody, according to the sheriff's office.

The third suspect, a 17-year-old male from Moss Beach, was arrested at a home in the 100 block of Corona Street. No weapons were found at the residences, sheriff's officials said.

DeLeon and Barajas were both booked into San Mateo County Jail and the 17-year-old was booked at San Mateo County Youth Services Center on suspicion of attempted murder with a criminal street gang enhancement.    

The investigation in ongoing, according to the sheriff's office.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District Announced Today Is Spare The Air Day

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced Thursday that today would be the third Spare the Air day issued this year.

"A brief spike in temperatures tomorrow is expected to contribute to unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area," the district's executive director Jack Broadbent said in a press release.

The district encourages people to drive less and reduce their energy use, in effect reducing pollution levels and the need for health alerts when temperatures are high, officials said.

There will be a no wood-burning ban in place, and the district is encouraging people to take public transit, carpool, bike or walk to work to reduce energy consumption.

Motor vehicle exhaust and household chemicals are among the materials that contain volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides that combine with oxygen in the presence of heat and sunlight to form ground-level ozone, officials said.

Breathing ozone can cause a number of health problems, officials said, including throat irritation and chest pain, and it can trigger asthma and worsen bronchitis and emphysema.

People are also encouraged to avoid using gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers, aerosol spray cans or lighter fluid on a barbecue.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

The Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy with patchy fog this morning before becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the 60s to lower 70s are anticipated.

Skies are expected to be mostly clear this evening before becoming partly cloudy with patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s are anticipated.

Partly cloudy skies and patchy fog are likely Saturday morning before becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the 50s to upper 60s are anticipated.

 

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Police To Canvass Neighborhood Seeking Info On Teen's Killing

San Francisco police will be canvassing part of the city's Bernal Heights neighborhood today to try to learn more about a fatal shooting that occurred in broad daylight there a week ago.

Kevin Hall, 18, was shot around 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 near the intersection of Alemany Boulevard and Crescent Avenue.

Hall was with another person in a faded red Buick that was traveling east on Alemany Boulevard at the time of the shooting, according to police.

When the Buick stopped at a red light, another car pulled up alongside it. A suspect described as a black male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt got out of the passenger side of that car, walked to the rear of the victims' vehicle and opened fire, police said.

The shooter fled the scene in the suspect vehicle, described as possibly a silver two-door Acura or Honda, with a license plate beginning with the number "5." The car's windows were tinted and the headlights were overed with a yellow film.

Hall was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he later died.

Between noon and 1 p.m. today, homicide inspectors and officers from the Police Department's Ingleside Station will be canvassing the area around the intersection where the shooting occurred, contacting motorists and handing out fliers to try to locate witnesses to the crime.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged 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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Trio Ordered To Stand Trial For June Home Invasion Robbery In Parkside

Two men and a woman were ordered by a San Francisco judge Wednesday to stand trial on charges stemming from a home invasion robbery in the city's Parkside neighborhood in June.

Jerome Hendon, 31, Lemar Wanto, 33, and Denika Govan, 22, were arrested shortly after the robbery, which occurred a little before midnight on June 24 at a home in the 2100 block of Vicente Street.

Two residents, a 71-year-old man and 66-year-old woman, had just arrived at their house when they heard a crash in the front of the home and saw two men enter through the front door, police said.    

The intruders, believed to be Hendon and Wanto, were wearing masks and Hendon held a gun to the man's head and demanded money, prosecutors and police said.

The victim complied and the pair fled in a getaway car, a blue Honda Civic allegedly driven by Govan.

However, a neighbor heard the commotion and called police, and officers responded and arrested the trio.

Hendon, a convicted felon, was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, elder abuse, use of a firearm, burglary, false imprisonment and resisting arrest, according to the district attorney's office.

Wanto was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, elder abuse and false imprisonment, and Govan was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of burglary, prosecutors said.

All three pleaded not guilty to the charges last month, but were ordered by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Charles Haines to stand trial on the charges after a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

The trio remain in custody -- Hendon on $3 million bail, Wanto on $530,000 bail and Govan on $300,000 bail -- and will return to court on Sept. 15 to be formally arraigned on the charges, prosecutors said.

 

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