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Baby Born 9 Months After Giants World Series Win Dubbed "World Championship Baby"

Baby Brooklynn was crowned the World Championship Baby after she was born closest to nine months since the San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area contest officials announced Tuesday.    

Brooklynn Olivia Bird, of Folsom, was born at 8:02 p.m. on Aug. 1 -- exactly eight minutes and nine months to the day that the Giants beat the Texas Rangers at 7:54 p.m. on Nov. 1. 

Brooklynn's parents, Jennifer and Robert Bird, had entered CSN Bay Area's World Championship Baby search in July when the sports network was looking for a baby who may have been made during a "private" celebration for the Giants' win.

Brooklynn beat 929 contestants who entered from as far as Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island, contest officials said.

The winning Bird family will receive a birth certificate signed by the Giants, a commemorative brick at AT&T Park engraved with Brooklynn's name and a $2,010 gift card -- and the brag-worthy title of "Comcast SportsNet 2010 Giants World Championship Baby."

Jennifer and Robert Bird are both longtime Giants fans. Jennifer, originally from Santa Rosa, is a fan of former Giants player Will Clark, while her husband roots for relief pitcher Brian Wilson.

To enter the contest, which started July 5, expectant parents were required to sign up online before July 31. Participants had until Aug. 15 to provide CSN with official documentation proving they were the parent or legal guardian and that their baby was born closest to the nine-month anniversary of the Giants victory.

 

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Victims Of Candlestick Park Violence Improving

A man brutally beaten at a Candlestick Park bathroom during a preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders on Saturday has been transferred to a different hospital and remains in fair condition, according to San Francisco General Hospital officials.

The 26-year-old San Rafael man was transferred Monday evening. He was one of several victims of a rash of violence throughout Candlestick Park that night, which included two shootings in the parking lot at around 8 p.m.    

One of the shooting victims, a 25-year-old man, remains in fair condition at San Francisco General Hospital today. The other, another man in his 20s, suffered less serious wounds and was not in hospital care as of Monday.

Police are seeking a person of interest in one of the shootings, which are being treated as separate incidents.    

The beating victim was assaulted and knocked unconscious in an upper-level restroom between 7:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Police are seeking a suspect in the incident, described as a Pacific Islander man between 25 and 30 years old, between 6 foot 3 inches and 6 foot 5 inches tall, and weighing 225 to 260 pounds. He had a goatee and long curly hair tied up in a ponytail, and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

In response to the violence, the 49ers are recommending the NFL suspend the annual preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.   

"It's our belief that we should recommend to the NFL that this game is at least postponed for some period of time," 49ers president Jed York said at a news conference at the stadium Monday.    

In addition, 49ers officials said that the team would tighten security at Candlestick Park.    

"The degenerate behavior that happened on Saturday is not going to be tolerated," York said. "We are not going to allow that type of behavior at our football games."

Team officials said they will crack down on tailgating as well to  curb unruly behavior. Tailgating will be permitted before games but not during or after the game, Vice President of Stadium Operations and Security Jim Mercurio said.

Anyone still in the parking lot once a game has started will be asked to either enter the stadium or leave the parking lot.    

Several other fights in the stands and in the parking lot were caught on amateur video and police Chief Greg Suhr said that this was not typical behavior.

"Last Saturday night was an aberration," he said.    

Saturday's attendance was a third less than a typical regular season game and Suhr said that there were 40 percent more officers at Saturday's game than would be at a regular season game.

Despite that, he said, the amount of calls for unruly conduct rose dramatically.   

"It appeared very early on that the people weren't here to see the game," Suhr said. "They were more inclined to engage with other people in the crowd."

Police booked 12 people Saturday, while the average is one or two per game.

There are normally seven to 10 calls made for an ambulance but Saturday saw 50 such calls and the number of public intoxications more than doubled, Suhr said.

"In my 19 years of doing this, never have I had to deal with the amount of calls for service, the amount of fights, the amount of behavior that is absolutely not accepted," Mercurio said.

Ticket holders who show a pattern of unacceptable behavior could have their tickets revoked, Mercurio said.    

Season ticket holders were encouraged to be careful if they sell their tickets.

"They need to pay attention to how their tickets are being exchanged," Lee said.

Mercurio said police will be more visible and an alcohol management team will be roaming the parking lot as an added precaution.

Police will also be implementing a DUI checkpoint after 49er home games, Suhr said.

There will be no scheduling changes to the 49ers' upcoming Saturday game against the Houston Texans.

 

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Friends, Family Of SF Attorney Killed In Hit-And-Run Offered $10,000 Reward

Friends and family of San Francisco attorney Don Casper, who was struck and killed in Sonoma County earlier this month, are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit-and-run driver, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Casper, 63, vice president of the San Francisco Civil Service Commission, was jogging along the south edge of eastbound River Road west of Wilshire Drive when he was struck by a truck around 7 p.m. on Aug. 14.    

Witnesses said the truck slowed down, then fled east on River Road.

Casper's family and friends determined to find the person responsible in the hit-and-run announced Monday they are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.

The CHP has released a photograph of the truck taken by a surveillance camera at Korbel Champagne Cellars at 13250 River Road moments before Casper was hit.

The truck is a newer model white Ford F-150 with an extended cab and possibly a gold stripe along the bottom, the CHP said.

Anyone with information about the truck or anyone who has noticed friends, acquaintances or coworkers who have stopped driving their Ford F-150 should call CHP Detective Mike Phennicie or Sgt. Robert Mota at (707) 588-1400.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday News Roundup

Giants Fan Bryan Stow Has Developed A Fever And Infections

Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating following a baseball game in Los Angeles in March, has taken "two steps back" over the weekend after taking "three steps forward" last week, according to a statement released by his family Monday.

Last week, officials at San Francisco General Hospital said Stow was showing significant improvement after undergoing a third round of surgery on Aug. 10.

But his family said on Monday that Stow has been running a high fever and tests showed that he had developed urinary tract and staph infections.

The family's statement said that Stow was being treated with antibiotics and doctors are using an ice vest to cool him down, but that his body temperature remains high. He remains conscious and able to recognize family members, however.

In their statement, Stow's family also addressed violence during a game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders at Candlestick Park Saturday, when two men were shot and another was brutally beaten in a stadium restroom, and numerous fights broke out throughout the stadium.   

Stow's family said they were dismayed that his condition had not served as a warning against violence, particularly at sporting events.    

"We have felt, since March 31st, that this tragedy did not happen to Bryan for nothing. We had hoped it would teach people that violence, specifically at sporting events, is unnecessary and wrong. Nobody should feel afraid to root for their team, or bring their families to games," said Stow's family.

Stow was attacked outside of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles after the March 31 season opener against the San Francisco Giants. He was walking from the game with three friends when two men wearing Dodgers clothing approached him from behind, according to Los Angeles police.

The two suspects first taunted Stow, who was wearing Giants paraphernalia, and then hit him from behind, which caused him to fall to the ground. They kicked Stow while he was on the ground before fleeing in a car, and Stow was rushed to a local hospital.

Protesters Arrested During Demonstrations Against BART

At least 45 protesters were arrested during demonstrations against BART Monday night, according to BART officials and police.    

San Francisco police arrested at least 40 protesters late in the evening, and a total of five were arrested by BART police on the Civic Center BART platform early in the demonstration, according to officials.    

The protest on the BART platform started small, with 20 to 30 demonstrators gathered on the platform at around 5 p.m., surrounded by police and reporters.

BART police began making arrests minutes after the demonstration began.

One man announced to a circle of reporters shortly after 5 p.m. that a BART police officer had told him that if he raised his voice, he would be arrested. He began chanting loudly, and was quickly detained.   

BART spokesman Jim Allison declined to say whether BART police used different tactics Monday night than they had during previous protests on July 11 and Aug. 15.

He said that all protesters detained on the BART platform were arrested under Section 369i of the California Penal Code, which states that anyone who interferes with the safe and efficient operation of a train is guilty of a misdemeanor.

San Francisco police said they arrested about 40 people during the BART protest and dispersal orders were given several times throughout the demonstration.

Two people were arrested shortly after the protest began after disobeying dispersal orders and one person was arrested on suspicion of igniting a flammable substance at Fourth and Market streets, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

When demonstrators marched to the first block of Grove Street, at least 35 others were arrested on suspicion of failure to disperse upon command of a traffic officer and pedestrians in the roadway, Esparza said.   

Monday night marked the third time that BART stations have been shut down due to protests since July 11.

Firefighters in Petaluma extinguished a two-alarm fire at a poultry processing plant Tuesday, fire officials said.    

The blaze was reported at Petaluma Poultry Processors, located at 2700 Lakeville Highway, at 3:10 p.m.

Responding crews saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof in the rear of the roughly 40,000-square foot building.

The fire was centered around electrical equipment on the roof and extended into attic space, fire officials said.

All of the plant's employees were evacuated and no injuries were reported.

PG&E crews and building maintenance workers shut off power to the building and firefighters extinguished the blaze. Fire crews finished an extensive overhaul by 6 p.m., fire officials said.

Public health authorities were notified of a fire in a food processing plant and a Food and Drug Administration inspector responded to the site.

Senator Boxer Pushes Congress To Provide Permanent Solution To FAA Funding Flap

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, said in Oakland Tuesday that Congress should act quickly to provide a permanent solution to a funding flap that recently furloughed 4,000 Federal Aviation Administration workers and idled more than 70,000 construction workers at airport projects across the country.

An agreement between Republican and Democratic leaders in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 4 temporarily allowed work to resume on the $31 million project to build a new air traffic control tower at the Oakland International Airport and other projects, but it expires on Sept. 16.

Speaking at a news conference at the Oakland airport, Boxer said, "We desperately need a long-term FAA bill."

She said, "Not only are 74,000 jobs on the line when the temporary agreement expires in just a few weeks, but a long-term solution would create or protect more than 200,000 jobs, modernizing our nation's airports with a new air traffic control system."

The funding battle between Democrats and Republicans concerns subsidies for rural air service and rules that make it easier for aviation employees to unionize.

Santa Cruz Garbage Truck Engulfed In Acidic White Smoke

A garbage truck became engulfed in acidic white smoke early Tuesday morning, prompting a shelter in place for one Santa Cruz neighborhood for about 90 minutes, a battalion chief said.

The vehicle started fuming as it traveled down a street near Gault and Sumner streets at about 6:35 a.m., so the two workers in the truck stopped the vehicle and got out, Battalion Chief Mike Venezio said.    

The fire department responded and isolated the area around the smoking truck to respond to the workers, who had stated that they had difficulty breathing as a result of the smoke.

Both workers refused medical attention and showed no signs of breathing issues, Venezio said.

Nearby residents were asked to shelter in place and Santa Cruz police closed several neighboring streets, including Darwin and Gault streets, Seabright Avenue near Gault Street, and Sumner and Hanover streets. 

Firefighters tested the substance using pH paper and determined that it was "a strong acid," Venezio said. A sodium bicarbonate powder was repeatedly scattered lightly on the substance, which was retested until it had been neutralized.

The garbage truck, which suffered no mechanical issues, was driven to the city landfill at about 8:20 a.m., where additional sodium bicarbonate was used to decontaminate the vehicle, Venezio said. The shelter in place was lifted at about the same time.

The truck's load was also disposed of at the landfill and did not release any additional gas upon disposal, he said.

Gov. Jerry Brown Announces Five State Position Appointments

Gov. Jerry Brown announced five appointments for state positions, two of which were filled by Bay Area residents, the governor's office said Tuesday.

Jeanne Clinton, 60, of Berkeley, will join the California Public Utilities Commission as a special advisor, a position that does not require Senate confirmation.

Since 2009, Clinton has served as a manager for the commission's climate strategies branch. Prior to that, she advised the committee on clean energy and policy planning from 2006 to 2009.

Clinton will be compensated $130,236 for her role as a special advisor.

Brown appointed San Francisco's Barbara Emley, 69, to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Emley has fished commercially for more than 20 years and has served as the strategy team leader for the Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman's Associations since 1995.

From 2002 to 2007, Emley chaired the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.

Her newly appointed position requires Senate confirmation and provides compensation of $100 per diem.

Beyond the Bay Area, Nandya Chinoy Dabby, 34, of Los Angeles, will join the State Allocation Board, Pat Leary, 53, of Davis, was appointed chief deputy director of the Department of Social Services, and Sylvia Torres-Guillen, 45, of Los Angeles, was named general counsel of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board.

Livermore Fire Near Intersection Of Patterson Pass Road And Cross Road

Firefighters spent about seven hours battling a 200-acre grass fire east of Livermore Tuesday, according to Cal Fire officials.

The fire started at 12:13 p.m. near the intersection of Patterson Pass Road and Cross Road and was under control by 7:30 p.m., according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jim Crawford.

Twelve engines, two bulldozers, two helicopters and two inmate hand crews battled the blaze throughout the afternoon.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and no structures were threatened, Crawford said.

Oakland Man Pleaded Not Guilty To Murders

An Oakland man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder for a shooting at a restaurant near Jack London Square in April that left two people dead and five people wounded.

The plea entry by 22-year-old Clem Thompkins was routine, but everything else surrounding his brief hearing was marked by drama.

First, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carrie Panetta lectured Thompkins' attorney, Dionne Choyce, for coming to court late and threatened to find him in contempt of court if it happens again.    

Then, two friends of Thompkins got into a shouting match with the victims' family members outside court and deputies had to separate them.

In addition to the murder and attempted murder charges, Thompkins is charged with acting to benefit a criminal street gang, with using a firearm to cause deaths and great bodily injuries and with five street terrorism clauses. He could face life in prison if he's convicted of the charges against him.

Killed in the shooting at Sweet Jimmie's at 311 Broadway at 12:42 a.m. on April 25 were 27-year-old William Jenkins of Oakland and 22-year-old Adam Williams of San Leandro.

Both were fathers of young children and Williams was an after-school teacher's aide at Peralta Elementary in Oakland.

Five other people were wounded in the shooting but survived.   

Oakland police said they don't think any of the seven victims were the intended targets of the shooting.

Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit District Appoints New General Manager

The Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit District has appointed Farhad Mansourian as its new general manager.

Mansourian was acting as SMART's interim executive director for the past five months. He has been a Marin County employee for 31 years.   

He also is currently director of the Marin County Department of Public Works, but said Tuesday afternoon he will resign that position next month.

"While I am emotional in leaving my Marin County position, I am excited that in this new capacity I can serve the residents of both Marin and Sonoma counties by bringing SMART to our region," Mansourian said.

Mansourian will earn $246,000 annually plus nearly $37,000 in deferred compensation. He also will receive auto and phone reimbursements and money for training and seminars he attends.

The former SMART general manager, Lillian Hames, resigned in January. She was earning $176,000 plus deferred compensation.

"After an extensive search of the most qualified applicants in the country, the  SMART Board of Directors believes the best candidate for the job is already on the job," SMART Chairwoman and Sonoma County Supervisor Valerie Brown said.

Several Oakland Shootings Leave One Man Dead And Four Hospitalized

Several shootings that occurred in Oakland between Monday night and Tuesday morning that left one man dead and four other men hospitalized don't appear to be related, a police spokeswoman said.

At 10:30 p.m. Monday, officers reported to Highland Hospital, where a 31-year-old Oakland man was being treated for a gunshot wound, police Sgt. Holly Joshi said. The man told officers that the shooting occurred about an hour earlier in the 4800 block of Foothill Boulevard.

Shortly after midnight, officers responded to a report of gunshots heard in the 1800 block of 79th Avenue, which is near the Arroyo Viejo Park. 

At 12:06 p.m., officers found an unresponsive man whom medical crew then pronounced dead, Officer J. Moore said.   

Minutes later and about two miles away, police reported to the 5300 block of Foothill Boulevard near Fairfax Avenue, where officers found a man with a gunshot wound at 12:09 a.m., Moore said.

At 3:47 a.m., police received another report of violence near the same intersection when two male suspects allegedly kidnapped and raped a woman in the 5300 block of Fairfax Avenue. The victim was transported to a hospital, police said.

Three minutes later, two people were robbed and shot in the 3800 block of Foothill Boulevard by three suspects, one of whom had a firearm, police said.

The three other shooting victims were all transported to a hospital.

200 Registered Nurses Show Opposition To Unsafe Staffing Levels At Walnut Creek Kaiser Permanente

At least 200 registered nurses held a protest Tuesday morning to show their opposition to what they say are chronic unsafe nurse-to-patient staffing levels at Kaiser Permanente's Walnut Creek hospital, according to California Nurses Association spokeswoman Debra Grabelle.

According to the union, hospital management has announced plans to eliminate what amounts to about 26 full-time registered nurses at a time when staffing levels are already inadequate.

Within the past 18 months, registered nurses have filed 600 separate incidents of unsafe care, which they claim hospital management has largely disregarded, according to the union.

Kaiser Permanente Diablo Region Senior Vice President and Area Manager Ginger Campbell said in a prepared statement that the health and well being of the hospital's members and patients continues to be Kaiser Permanente's top priority.

She said the Walnut Creek hospital has seen changes in patient volumes over the past several years. Patient volume in some areas has increased while it has decreased in other areas, Campbell said.

To help the hospital continue to provide high-quality care and support for nurses in areas where patient volume has increased, hospital management needs to adjust staffing levels in some units, Campbell said.

Despite the changes, Kaiser is willing to ensure that all current nurses are given the opportunity to remain in positions with Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Campbell said.

San Jose Mayor Says City Has Few Choices In Terms Of Pension Crisis

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said the city is left with limited and difficult choices while he was participating in a panel discussion about the pension crisis Monday at Stanford University.

The discussion, conducted by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, included a panel of eight speakers from the city of the San Jose, Stanford University and the California Teachers Association.

Earlier this year Reed recommended a proposal that calls for setting limits on retirement benefits for new employees, current employees and retirees. He has said the proposal would help the city avoid further cuts to services and the loss of hundreds of jobs.

On Monday night, Reed said the city has to either pay retirees half of what the city is obligated to pay them or nothing at all.

Reed said retirement costs have increased from $73 million in 2001 to $245 this year. He said the rise in costs is contributing to the city's recurring budget deficits. This year, the city laid off hundreds of workers, including 66 police officers and reduced library service to three days a week due to a $115 million deficit.

Retirement costs are projected to rise to a towering $430 million by 2016, and could be closer to $650 million after actuarial adjustments.    

Reed said the city pays 25 percent of its general fund toward the retirement system.

Reed maintained the problem cannot be addressed by reducing services and cutting benefits that retirees have already earned.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

The Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy with areas of dense fog this morning before becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are likely.

Partly cloudy skies are expected this evening, with patches of fog and drizzle after midnight, becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s are likely.

Mostly cloudy skies are expected Thursday becoming partly cloudy with patchy fog and drizzle in the morning. Forecasters predict highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday News Roundup

Police Arrested 30 To 40 Demonstrators During BART Protests

Police arrested at least 30 to 40 demonstrators during protests that originated at the Civic Center BART station and then led police back and forth through downtown San Francisco, drawing traffic to a standstill and closing two BART stations at several points throughout the evening.   

A few dozen protesters gathered on the Civic Center BART platform at 5 p.m. BART quickly closed the station when protests began, arresting several protesters that raised their voices, declaring it was illegal to protest on the BART platform.    

The protesters chose the platform to gather because Charles Hill was killed there by a BART police officer on July 3, after Hill allegedly attacked the officer with a knife. The shooting set off a string of protests that have shut down San Francisco BART stations three times since then.   

After being ordered to leave the station, demonstrators moved to the street, joining with other protesters already there, and 50 to 60 people started marching east on Market Street. They blocked traffic, yelling "No justice, no peace!" and "Hey BART, what do you say, how many kids did you kill today?"

When protesters arrived at the Ferry Building at Embarcadero Plaza, they demanded to be let into the building. Police blocked protesters from entering, while employees peered out at the unruly mob. Some demonstrators wore masks, others carried signs against censorship and police brutality, and two even protested naked.

Shortly after, protesters turned around to march back west on Market Street.  The protest grew as they marched, and at certain points there were more than 100 demonstrators.   

Police then announced the demonstration on Market Street was illegal, as it blocked traffic in both directions, even holding up a San Francisco Municipal Railway train proceeding west on Market Street.

The protests forced the closure of the Civic Center and Powell Street stations at several points throughout the evening. Civic Center was closed for a total of two hours and 36 minutes and Powell Street for a total of one hour and 38 minutes, according to BART.

Gebreselassie Sentenced To Three Consecutive Terms Of Life In Prison For Thanksgiving Day Shooting

Asmerom Gebreselassie was sentenced Monday to three consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally shooting three in-laws at an Oakland apartment complex on Thanksgiving Day 2006.

Moments before he was sentenced, Gebreselassie, 48, who repeatedly acted up in court during his lengthy trial earlier this year, told Alameda County Superior Court Judge Vernon Nakahara, "You are a criminal, sir" and "you are an evil man."

Gebreselassie, who admitted he was the shooter in the deadly incident but claimed he was acting in self-defense, alleged that Nakahara was "biased" and "denied my rights" with the rulings he made in the trial.

Nakahara then ordered deputies to remove Gebreselassie from his courtroom, just as he had done on several occasions during the trial.    

Prosecutor Joni Leventis said during the trial that the Gebreselassie and his brother, 44-year-old Tewodros Gebreselassie, conspired to kill their in-laws at the family's apartment at the Keller Plaza complex at 5301 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland on Nov. 23, 2006, in a mistaken act of revenge.

Leventis said the brothers erroneously believed that their in-laws were responsible for the sudden death of their brother, 42-year-old Abraham Tewolde, earlier that year.

On May 31, at the end of a trial that began on Feb. 8, the Gebreselassie brothers were both convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and two special-circumstance murder clauses: committing murder multiple murders and committing murder during the course of a kidnapping.

Tewodros Gebreselassie also faces life in prison without the possibility of parole, but his sentencing has been delayed because he hired a new lawyer after he was convicted

San Francisco 49ers Will Tighten Security In Response To Candlestick Park Violence

San Francisco 49ers officials said Monday that the team will tighten security at Candlestick Park in response to the violence at Saturday evening's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.

The heightened security measures come after two men were shot near Candlestick Park and another was found beaten in a stadium restroom during and after Saturday's game.

The beating victim and one of the shooting victims suffered what were initially believed to be life-threatening injuries, but a San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman said Monday that both are now in fair condition.

Team leaders are recommending that the National Football League suspend the annual preseason game against the Raiders.    

"It's our belief that we should recommend to the NFL that this game is at least postponed for some period of time," 49ers president Jed York said at a news conference at the stadium Monday afternoon.    

NFL teams typically play four preseason games each year. Each team chooses one opponent and the NFL assigns the other three.   

The 49ers have continually chosen the San Diego Chargers and are recommending that the NFL not schedule the Raiders.

"The degenerate behavior that happened on Saturday is not going to be tolerated," York said. "We are not going to allow that type of behavior at our football games."

Team officials said that they will crack down on tailgating as well in an effort to curb unruly behavior.    

Tailgating will be permitted before games but not during or after the game, Vice President of Stadium Operations and Security Jim Mercurio said.    

Several other fights in the stands and in the parking lot were caught on amateur video and police Chief Greg Suhr said that this was not typical behavior.   

Saturday's attendance was a third less than a typical season game and Suhr said that there were 40 percent more officers at Saturday's game than would be seen at a regular season game.    

Despite that, he said, the amount of calls for unruly conduct rose dramatically.

Astronaut Rex Walheim Blasts Into Space For Last Time

For astronaut Rex Walheim, blasting off into space for his third and last time was a lot like riding a wild animal getting shot out of the planet.

"It's a strange sensation," the 48-year-old Bay Area native told reporters at the NASA Ames Research Center Monday afternoon.   

Walheim and his STS-135 comrades stopped by Moffett Field as part of a tour across the world to discuss their 13-day mission to the International Space Station last month, the 33rd and final flight for the Atlantis space shuttle.   

The crew included mission specialist Sandra Magnus, pilot Doug Hurley, and Cmdr. Chris Ferguson.

The purpose of the mission, which lasted from July 8 through July 21, was to deliver supplies, fly a system to study robotic spacecraft refueling, and return a failed ammonia pump module to help NASA improve pump designs for future systems.

The veteran astronaut said he would now focus on developing new systems at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where he resides with his wife and sons Jeffrey and Alex.

Walheim's love of space flight was born in his home in San Carlos watching airplanes soar above his backyard on their way to and from the San Francisco International Airport. As a child, he read books about the space program and then one day in the sixth grade, his love became cemented during a field trip to the NASA Ames Research Center.

Walheim's passion grew and was nurtured in the classrooms at the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated in 1980 with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. Today, he remains such an avid alumnus that he took his Cal football jersey, rugby shirt and hat on the latest mission.

Fire Burns Two Structures At Osher Marin Jewish Community Center In San Rafael

Improperly vented exhaust from a generator started a fire that burned two structures at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center Monday morning, San Rafael Fire Chief Christopher Gray said.    

The hot exhaust charred the wood roof of the 100-square-foot structure, and the fire possibly smoldered for quite some time, possibly for days, Gray said.

Plastic containers of pool chemicals, including chlorine, in a nearby small storage building also melted, Gray said, prompting a hazardous materials team to respond to the fire.

The fire at 200 N. San Pedro Road was reported around 5:40 a.m. by a lifeguard who saw smoke and flames, Gray said.    

Firefighters remained at the scene until 8:30 a.m. to ensure there was no threat to public safety from the pool chemicals and mechanical equipment in the building.

Santa Rosa Man Charged With 4-Year-Old's Death In Sonoma County

The Santa Rosa man charged with the death of a four-year-old boy in a crosswalk Thursday evening was arraigned Monday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court.

Marcos Lopez Garcia, 22, delayed entering a plea to felony hit-and-run causing death and misdemeanor charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving without a license.

Christopher "Buddy" Rowe was struck by Garcia's car in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of West Ninth Street and Rockwell Place near Jacob's Park in west Santa Rosa around 6 p.m., according to Santa Rosa police.

He was walking with his mother Michelle Rowe, 45, his twin sister and a six-year-old sister.   

He died the next morning at Oakland Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland.

Garcia cried as Deputy Public Defender Lynne Stark-Slater informed Garcia of his right to have a preliminary hearing within 10 days. He is scheduled to enter a plea Aug. 30.

Rowe's parents sobbed as they were consoled by friends before entering the courtroom and again in Judge Kenneth Gnoss's court.    

Santa Rosa police said Garcia was driving west on West Ninth Street and immediately left the scene of the collision.

When police broadcast a witnesses-provided description of the vehicle on the police radio frequency, Santa Rosa resident Leroy Flach heard it and drove to nearby Finley Park where he thought the driver might have fled after the collision.

Flach told police the suspect was removing a decal from the rear of the vehicle and was then picked up by a woman driving in a silver Volvo, Sgt. Rich Celli said.

Flach provided the Volvo's license to police who found the car in the 500 block of Sonoma Avenue around 7:50 p.m.    

Garcia gave police information that confirmed his involvement in the hit-and-run and he was arrested and booked into the Sonoma County jail.    

He is being held under $500,000 bail but there is an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold against Garcia, a county probation officer informed Gnoss Monday afternoon.

Monterey County Coroner's Office Identified Dead Scuba Diver

The Monterey County coroner's office Monday identified a scuba diver who died in Monterey Bay on Saturday as 65-year-old Alameda resident Jean-Pierre Makeyev.

Makeyev was reported missing to the U.S. Coast Guard around 11:20 a.m. near the harbor. He was found unresponsive in the water 20 minutes later, according to the Coast Guard.

He was taken to the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The Coast Guard and local authorities do not know what caused Makeyev to go into distress, but it appears he experienced an underwater emergency while diving in the Pacific Ocean near the Coast Guard pier in Monterey, according to the coroner's office.

Makeyev's cause of death is pending further investigation of his equipment, toxicology and air samples.

27-Year-Old Could Be Convicted Of Two Counts Of First-Degree Murder Based On Jail Phone Calls

Confessions to fellow inmates, a plot to kill a witness and phone calls from jail indicate that a 27-year-old man should be convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for a gang-related shooting in Berkeley three years ago, a prosecutor told jurors Monday.

In his opening statement in the trial of Desmen Riasehm Lankford, prosecutor Jim Meehan said to jurors, "It will be clear to you that he is responsible for the murders."

Meehan said Lankford fatally shot Kelvin Earl Davis, 23, of Berkeley, and Kevin Antoine Parker, 42, of Oakland, in front of a small apartment complex at 1436 Derby St. in Berkeley about 12:15 a.m. on Sept. 18, 2008, because Lankford belonged to a north Oakland gang that had been involved in "a shooting war" with a south Berkeley gang.

Meehan said Lankford was arrested after police searched an Oakland apartment where authorities believe he lived and found a gun that was used in the shooting as well as bullets similar to those used in the shooting.    

Police also found a hooded sweatshirt with a skeleton design that a witness said the shooting suspect wore, Meehan said.    

In addition, police found a camera that had a photo of Lankford proudly holding two guns, including one similar to the SIG Sauer semi-automatic pistol used in the shooting, Meehan said.

But Lankford's attorney, Thomas Broome, told jurors to listen to all the evidence in the case before they make up their minds about whether Lankford is guilty.

Broome said jurors should doubt the believability of the prosecution's witnesses because "these gentlemen have substantial criminal histories and their credibility is highly suspect."

Broome also said there are questions about the ballistics evidence in the case and witnesses' identification of Lankford as a suspect.    

If he is found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder plus the special circumstance of multiple murder, Lankford could be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Stolen Property From Dozens Of Belmont Homes Found In East Bay Home

Police announced Monday that a search on an East Bay home last week netted property believed to have been stolen from dozens of Belmont homes.

On Thursday, officers served a search warrant at a home in the 5700 block of Saint Paul Drive in Newark as part of an ongoing investigation into nearly 30 residential burglaries that have occurred in Belmont since May, according to Belmont police.

Detectives were led to the home after spotting various items on eBay that appeared to be property taken from the Belmont victims, police said.

Officers seized laptop computers, cell phones, personal electronics, driver's licenses and social security cards, police said. 

Officers also found three firearms, drugs and cash.   

Several suspects were detained and Ernesto Granados, 39, was arrested for violating parole.

Fremont, Newark and Belmont police departments participated in the raid.

Federal Prosecutors Announce 15 Bay Area Residents Charged With Passport Fraud

Federal prosecutors announced in San Francisco Monday that 15 Bay Area residents have been charged with passport fraud in the past year.

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said the defendants are among about 200 people charged with various types of passport offenses since prosecutors adopted a zero-tolerance approach in 2007.

The 15 people charged since last July were accused of either possessing a false identification document when applying for a passport, making a false statement on an application, or improperly entering the United States.

Five were convicted and sentenced to prison terms ranging from one to 10 months.

They include Ramon Velez Alvarez, of Pittsburg, sentenced to 10 months, and Jose Luis Gallardo-Rosiles of San Jose, sentenced to six months, in both cases for making a false statement on a passport application.   

Five other defendants were convicted and placed on probation, two are awaiting trial and the remaining three are fugitives.

Peace Activist Louise Clark, Owner Of "Crosses Of Lafayette" Memorial Property, Passed Away On Sunday

Longtime peace activist Louise Clark, who owned the property on which the "Crosses of Lafayette" war memorial was built, passed away Sunday at age 86.

More than 4,000 crosses have been planted on the hillside adjacent to the Lafayette BART station since Clark and Jeff Heaton, a local building contractor, began the memorial in 2006 to recognize U.S. service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, Heaton said.

According to Heaton, Clark and her husband, Johnson Clark, who passed away several years ago, were longtime activists and supporters of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center in Walnut Creek.

Louise Clark died at her son's house in Santa Rosa surrounded by family and friends, Heaton said. She had been fighting cancer for more than a year.   

A memorial service will be held for her this weekend.

San Mateo Psychiatrist Accused Of Molesting Patients Was Deemed Incompetent To Stand Trial

A San Mateo psychiatrist who was accused of molesting seven male patients in the early 1990s has been deemed incompetent to stand trial, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Monday.

The district attorney's office agreed that William Ayres, 79, who suffers from dementia and memory loss, would not be able to aid in his own defense, Wagstaffe said.    

The former head of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry will now be sent to the Golden Gate Regional Center in San Mateo for evaluation, Wagstaffe said. A hearing to determine where Ayres' will be permanently housed will be held in San Mateo County Superior Court on Sept. 7.    

"The law requires that he be held in a locked psychiatric facility," Wagstaffe said.

The district attorney's office plans to argue for Ayres to be sent to Napa State Hospital, Wagstaffe said.

If his competency is restored -- which is unlikely, given the progressive nature of dementia -- Ayres would return to San Mateo County to face a criminal trial, Wagstaffe said.

Ayres was charged with nine counts of performing lewd acts on seven boys during counseling sessions that took place between 1991 and 1996. A criminal trial in the summer of 2009 ended with a hung jury, but prosecutors decided that August to retry the case.   

The criminal proceedings were suspended when Ayres' attorney, Jonathan  McDougall, questioned his client's competency due to the onset of dementia.   

A jury trial to determine Ayres' competency was held in June. A mistrial was declared after jurors deadlocked 8 to 4, with the majority deciding that Ayres' deteriorating mental condition would make him unfit to stand trial.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

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

Clear skies are expected this evening, with patches of fog and drizzle after midnight, becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s are likely.

Mostly cloudy skies are expected Wednesday becoming partly cloudy with patchy fog and drizzle in the morning. Forecasters predict highs in the 50s to mid 60s.

 

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Update: BART Reopens Powell St Station, Closes Civic Center Station As Protesters March Along Market St

BART officials have reopened the Powell Street station and the Civic Center station is now closed for the second time as protesters march along Market Street toward the Civic Center.

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BART Closes Powell Street Station, Protesters Block Traffic On Market St

BART has closed Powell Street station as well Civic Center station in response to this evening's protest.

Protesters left Civic Center station at around 5:30 p.m. when BART closed the station and walked along Market Street towards the Embarcadero, blocking traffic in some areas along the way.

Some of the demonstrators attempted to enter Powell Street station but the entrance was blocked. BART officials closed the Powell Street station at around 5:45 p.m.

The San Francisco Municipal Railway has also announced that Muni Metro service will not be stopping at Civic Center station and that the Powell Street portion of the Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde cable car lines will be serviced by a Muni bus shuttle.

 

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Arrests Made In BART Protest At Civic Center Station

At least two protesters have been arrested within the first ten minutes of a demonstration at BART's Civic Center station in San Francisco this evening.

A handful of protesters gathered at the station's platform shortly before 5 p.m. in response to the fatal shooting of Charles Hill by BART police on July 3 and BART's subsequent decision to shut down cell phone service to disrupt a protest planned for August 11.

BART police in riot gear and transit agency employees were also on the platform as the planned protest began.

At least one man and one woman have been arrested.    

The man who was detained said that police told him that if he raised his voice he would be arrested. The man then began to chant and yell and was detained by officers.

A shouting match also broke out between a commuter and protester. Officers and fellow protesters intervened and the altercation ended peacefully.

BART has warned passengers traveling to and from San Francisco this evening that it may have to close stations and delay trains due to protests scheduled to take place at the Civic Center station at 5 p.m.

As of 5:10 p.m. train service has not been affected.
    

 

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Update: 49ers Call For Suspension Of Preseason Game Against Raiders

Responding to this weekend's violence at Candlestick Park, San Francisco 49ers president Jed York today said the team is recommending that the National Football League suspend the annual preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.

York made the comments at a news conference at the football stadium this afternoon that was also attended by San Francisco police and Mayor Ed Lee.

Two men were shot near Candlestick Park and another was found beaten in a stadium restroom during and after Saturday's game. The beating victim and one of the shooting victims suffered what were initially believed to be life-threatening injuries, but a San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman said today that both are now in fair condition.

Several other fights in the stands and in the parking lot were caught on amateur video.

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Firecracker Blows Off Woman's Fingers

A firecracker exploded in a woman's hands in San Francisco on Saturday night, blowing off some of her fingers, police said.

The 28-year-old woman was lighting candles inside a parked motor home at about 10:20 p.m. when she picked up what she thought was another candle, police said.

It was actually a firecracker, and when she lit it, it exploded in her hands, police said. Her injuries were not life-threatening.

The motor home was parked in lot at San Bruno Avenue and Division Street, police said. She was transported to San Francisco General Hospital.

 

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Two Men Hurt In Violence At Candlestick Park Still Hospitalized

Two of three men who were injured in weekend violence at San Francisco's Candlestick Park remain hospitalized today but their conditions have improved, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The men were all taken to San Francisco General Hospital after two suffered gunshot wounds and the third was beaten unconscious during and after Saturday night's preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders.

The beating victim is a 26-year-old San Rafael man who was assaulted and knocked unconscious in an upper-level restroom between 7:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital is now in fair condition, San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said this morning.

A 25-year-old man who was injured in a shooting outside the park is also in fair condition.

Both had injuries that were initially considered life-threatening.    

The second shooting victim, a man in his 20s, suffered less serious wounds and Kagan said he is not at the hospital today.     

Police are treating the two shootings as separate incidents.   

Investigators are seeking a person of interest in connection with one of the shootings.

He is described as a Pacific Islander man between 25 and 30 years old, between 6 foot 3 inches and 6 foot 5 inches tall, and weighing 225 to 260 pounds. He had a goatee and long curly hair tied up in a ponytail, and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

"Our entire organization is hopeful for the recovery of the victims from (Saturday) night's violence," the 49ers said in a statement released Sunday. "The 49ers' primary concern has always been, and will continue to be, provided a safe and enjoyable environment for our fans on game day."

The National Football League also released a statement.    

"We deplore the activities of a handful of fans at (Saturday) night's game between the 49ers and the Raiders," the NFL said. "We pledge our full support to Mayors Lee and Quan and to state and local law enforcement agencies."

The 49ers next home game is Saturday against the Houston Texans at 5 p.m.

Anyone with information on Saturday's incidents is asked to call the tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD.

 

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Hayward Fish Dealer Could Face Prison, $100,000 Fine For Importing Rare Fish

A Hayward tropical fish dealer pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally importing 52 rare Clipperton Angelfish, according to U.S. Department of Justice officials.

Steven Robinson, 58, said in court that he traveled to the Clipperton atoll in April 2009 to find and collect the rare species of fish, according to the justice department. He imported the 52 fish but labeled them as a more common species of angelfish found in Mexican waters.

Clipperton Angelfish are native only to the waters of Clipperton Island, an uninhabited atoll under French authority. To fish there requires permission from the French government, which Robinson had not obtained, according to the justice department.

The rare fish can be sold for thousands of dollars, and as much as $10,000 in Asian markets.    

Robinson faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison, a fine of $100,000, and another year supervised release. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 30 in San Francisco.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Monday News Roundup

Two In Serious Condition After Candlestick Park Shooting

An assault victim and a shooting victim remained in serious condition Sunday after an outbreak of violence at Candlestick Park during a Saturday preseason game.

Two men were found shot in the stadium parking lot around 8 p.m., and another man was beaten unconscious in a bathroom inside the stadium between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. 

The incidents happened during a preseason football game between the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers.

San Francisco police are searching for a person of interest in one of the two shootings outside the stadium, a police spokesman said Sunday. Police are still unsure whether the shootings are connected, but are currently treating them as separate investigations, San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.

One 24-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to San Francisco General Hospital. The other man was in his 20s and his injuries were not life-threatening, but he remained in the hospital Sunday afternoon.

Police remained uncertain Sunday whether the shooting victims had attended the game, or whether they were fans of a particular team, Andraychak said.

In a separate incident, a 26-year-old San Rafael man was assaulted and knocked unconscious in an upper-level restroom between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. He was taken to the hospital suffering life-threatening injuries. His condition was listed as serious Sunday, according to information from San Francisco General Hospital.

Police are searching for a suspect in the beating, described as a Samoan/Pacific Islander male, 25-30 years old, between 6 foot 3 inches and 6 foot 5 inches tall, weighing 225 to 260 pounds. He had a goatee and long curly hair tied up in a ponytail, and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

Threats Of Another BART Protest Lead To BART Officials' Defense Of Cellphone Service Disruption

With the threat of another disruptive protest looming, BART officials on Saturday defended a decision to interrupt cellphone service to prevent a protest. Interim General Manager Sherwood Wakeman and board of directors President Bob Franklin signed a letter issued Saturday giving BART customers

a broad overview of this summer's events, which began with the BART police
shooting of Charles Hill on July 3. 

A week later, on July 11, a group gathered on the platform at Civic Center station, where Hill was shot, and disrupted service by blocking train doors, climbing on top of trains, and moving from station to station to stop trains from leaving.

BART learned another protest was being planned for Civic Center station on Aug. 11.
"The overall information about the planned protest led BART to conclude that the planned action constituted a serious and imminent threat to the safety of BART passengers and personnel and the safe operation of the BART system, at a level that could far exceed the protest of July 11," the letter said.

To prevent protesters from coordinating, BART suspended cellphone service in BART stations and tunnels. The protests never materialized, leading some BART officials to declare the precaution was successful. But the move set off a flurry of criticism and a fresh round of protests. The loosely organized hacker protest group "Anonymous" hacked the BART website myBART.org and organized a protest on Aug. 15 that prompted the shut down of several stations.

Anonymous has called for a second protest today at 5 p.m. on the platform at the Civic Center BART station. BART officials have said that protests are permitted outside the faregates in BART stations, but that any protest in paid areas would be
illegal. While BART has not shut down cell service since Aug. 11, BART officials have maintained that the move was legal and has not ruled out doing it again during future protests.

The BART board of directors is scheduled to discuss the issue Wednesday, and has invited any concerned members of the public to attend.

Sacramento Couple Arrested On Suspicion Of Forcing Teenage Girls Into Prostitution

A Sacramento couple was arrested Saturday at a South San Francisco hotel on suspicion of forcing three teenage girls into prostitution, police said. 

Officers went to a hotel in the 300 block of South Airport Boulevard on a tip that a runaway girl had been seen near the property at about 4 p.m., according to South San Francisco police.

Arriving officers found a 19-year-old woman and two juvenile girls in a room at the hotel, police said. 

The room was registered to 40-year-old Mahendar Singh, who was found in another room at the hotel, police said. Singh and the three girls were taken into custody after police found evidence of prostitution in both hotel rooms.

During questioning, all three girls said they were being forced into prostitution by Singh and his wife, Helen, 22, of Sacramento, police said.

Helen Singh was found at the hotel and arrested along with her husband, police said.
Mahendar and Helen Singh were booked into San Mateo County Jail for human trafficking under the age of 18, pimping, pandering and conspiracy. The three girls were released to their parents, police said.

Two Oakland Shootings On Saturday Night

Two separate shootings in Oakland sent two people to the hospital Saturday night, police said.

The first shooting was reported just after 8 p.m. in the 800 block of International Boulevard, Oakland police Officer J. Moore said. Officers found one person suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim was taken to a hospital in stable condition, Moore said. Police could not immediately provide any suspect information. Less than 20 minutes later, Oakland police responded to a second shooting in the 2300 block of 100th Avenue, he said. One victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition for treatment of a gunshot wound, Moore said.

The suspect in the shooting drove away in a vehicle before police arrived, he said. No arrests have been made in either shooting. It is unknown if they are related.

Santa Rosa Police Identify Boy Killed In Hit-And-Run

Santa Rosa police on Sunday identified a 4-year-old boy killed in a hit-and-run collision Thursday.

Christopher Rowe was struck at around 6 p.m. while crossing West Ninth Street near Rockwell Place with his mother, Michelle Rowe, 45, and his two siblings, a 6-year-old sister and a 4-year-old twin sister.

Christopher was rushed to a local hospital and then flown to Oakland Children's Hospital for treatment, but died from his injuries sometime before Friday morning.

Police arrested a suspect shortly after the collision, 22-year-old Marcos Lopez Garcia of Santa Rosa, for felony hit-and-run. He is being held in Sonoma County Jail without bail. His bail before the boy died was $500,000.

Garcia's arraignment is scheduled this afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court. Additional charges are expected to be filed against him. Police found Garcia after Leroy Flach, of Santa Rosa, was listening to a police radio and spotted a car matching the description of the suspect's vehicle and the suspect in Finley Park not far from the incident. 

Flach saw the suspect peeling a decal off the car's rear window, Celli said. Flach said he then saw a woman in a Volvo sedan pick up the driver and flee, Celli said. He also provided the license plate of the Volvo and its direction of travel, Celli said.

Police found Garcia across town standing next to the Volvo in the 500 block of Sonoma Avenue around 7:50 p.m. Thursday, Celli said. According to police, Garcia gave information that confirmed his involvement in the hit-and-run and was arrested.

Garcia does not have a current driver's license and has two prior arrests for driving without a license, Celli said. 

The most recent Sonoma County Superior Court records show he was cited on June 25, 2010, for driving without a license and insurance. He pleaded no contest on July 27, 2010, and was given a 12-month conditional sentence that expired on July 27 this year.

Vacaville Police Prevent Suicide

Vacaville police thwarted a suicide attempt Thursday by convincing a woman who was threatening to kill herself by jumping off an Interstate Highway 80 overpass to come down.

Police received a phone call from a concerned man who said his 19-year-old girlfriend was planning to jump off the Allison Drive overpass around 11:20 p.m., according to police.

Officers arrived and found the woman standing on the concrete ledge of the I-80 overpass. Police said she was holding onto a chain link fence that separated her from officers. 

The California Highway Patrol and police shut down westbound I-80. Paramedics from the Vacaville Fire Department brought a ladder truck to the nearby Nugget Markets grocery store at 130 Brown Valley Parkway. 

A police officer approached the woman and began to talk to her. After about 15 minutes of negotiation, the officer convinced the 19 year old to come down, police said. 

The ladder truck was used to safely bring the woman to the ground, police said. She was taken to Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Vacaville, where she received crisis support services.

Antioch Police Investigate Fatal Shooting

Antioch police are investigating a fatal shooting at a birthday party that killed a 16-year-old Oakley boy Saturday night, police said. Officers responded to a house in the 2800 block of Seville Circle after receiving a report of gunfire around 10:15 p.m., Antioch police said.

Police found a teenage boy suffering from life-threatening injuries. Medical crews arrived and he was transported to Sutter Delta Medical Center, where he later died. He has not been identified by police. 

A 17-year-old girl from Antioch was also injured in the shooting, but she is expected to survive. A friend took her to the hospital, where she was treated for a single gunshot wound and released, police said. 

Investigation revealed the two victims were attending a large birthday party at the house. An argument erupted between an unnamed suspect and the 16 year old before the suspect shot him, according to police. 

Detectives are still trying to determine exactly what led up to the shooting and the teenage girl's involvement.

Antioch police have not released any suspect information.

Santa Rosa House Fire

A fire at a home in Santa Rosa late Saturday caused an estimated $200,000 in damage, officials said.

Firefighters went to a home in the 200 block of Middle Rincon Road after receiving several 911 calls reporting fire at about 11:30 p.m., according to the Santa Rosa Fire Department.

Arriving units reported a large amount of flames coming from the rear of the home, where a detached outbuilding used for storage was on fire. The fire was under control in about 20 minutes. The rear of the main house was damaged and the outbuilding was destroyed, officials said. No one was injured in the fire.

The cause remains under investigation.

Woman Killed By Muni Bus

A woman who was struck and killed by a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus in the Castro District Friday has been identified as 23-year-old Emily Dunn, according to the medical examiner's office.

Dunn, a San Francisco resident, was walking west on 18th Street around 2:30 p.m. when she crossed Hartford Street and was struck by a bus that was turning left onto Hartford Street from 18th Street. The victim was about 90 percent of the way across the street when she was hit, causing fatal injuries, police said.

Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. 

The bus that struck Dunn was a shuttle for the F-line, according to Muni officials. There is no regularly scheduled bus service on Hartford Street, but police said the street is a common route for F-line shuttles. 

The driver remained at the scene and will be taking a chemical test, police said.

The Police Department's Major Traffic and Hit and Run divisions are investigating the collision.

Firefighters Struggled To Stop Fire In Hills Above Fairfax

Firefighters struggled to reach a vegetation fire Saturday evening in the steep hills above Fairfax, according to the Marin County Fire Department.

The fire, reported shortly before 5 p.m., started in rugged and steep terrain in the Woodacre area above Deer Park School, according to Battalion Chief Mike Giannini.

Firefighters had to deploy more than 3,000 feet of hose to supply water to the fire scene. A total of 81 personnel from the Marin County Fire Department, Ross Valley Fire Department and Cal Fire were involved in fighting the flames, along with three water dropping airplanes and one helicopter.

The fire was contained at 8 p.m.

Giannini said the area where the fire occurred, part of the Mt. Tamalpais watershed, has been plagued by Sudden Oak Death, a disease known to kill oaks and other plants in the western United States.

No structures were threatened by the fire and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather

The Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy and foggy this morning before becoming sunny later today. 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.

Clear skies are expected this evening, with patches of fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s are likely, with southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. 

Sunshine is expected Tuesday after cloudy skies clear in the morning. Forecasters predict highs in the 50s to upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph are also anticipated.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Weather

The Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy and foggy this morning before becoming sunny later today. 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.

Clear skies are expected this evening, with patches of fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s are likely, with southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.    

Sunshine is expected Tuesday after cloudy skies clear in the morning. Forecasters predict highs in the 50s to upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph are also anticipated.

 

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Two Men In Serious Condition After Violent Night At Candlestick Park

An assault victim and a shooting victim remain in serious condition after a violent night at Candlestick Park Saturday, according to officials at San Francisco General Hospital.

Three people were hospitalized after two men were found shot in the parking lot at around 8 p.m., and another man was beaten unconscious in a bathroom inside the stadium between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m.

The incidents happened during a preseason football game between the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers.    

San Francisco police are searching for a person of interest in one of the two shootings outside the stadium, a police spokesman said today.    

At around 8 p.m., two shooting victims were found in the stadium parking lot. Police are still unsure whether the shootings are connected, but the two men were found far enough away from each other that police are currently treating them as separate investigations, San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said today.

One 24-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to San Francisco General Hospital. The other man was in his 20s and his injuries were not life-threatening, but he remained in the hospital this afternoon.

Police remained uncertain today whether the shooting victims had attended the game, or whether they were fans of a particular team, Andraychak said.

The shootings were not the only incidents of violence at the football stadium Saturday.

A 26-year-old San Rafael man was assaulted and knocked unconscious in an upper-level restroom between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. He was taken to the hospital suffering life-threatening injuries. His condition was listed as serious today, according to information from San Francisco General Hospital.   

Police are searching for a suspect in the beating, described as a Samoan/Pacific Islander male, 25-30 years old, between 6 foot 3 inches and 6 foot 5 inches tall, weighing 225 to 260 pounds. He had a goatee and long curly hair tied up in a ponytail, and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan issued a joint statement today condemning the violence.    

"Fans come to our stadiums to enjoy an afternoon of football, not to be subjected to intimidation or violence. These games are family events and the types of images we witnessed last night have no place in our arenas," the statement said.

The National Football League also issued a statement about the violence. "We pledge our full support to Mayors Lee and Quan and to sate and local law enforcement agencies," it said. "We will work with our clubs and law enforcement agencies to ensure responsible fan conduct at all NFL games."    

The 49ers issued a statement saying the team is working with police to understand how Saturday's events happened, and that it is hopeful for the recovery of the victims.

"The 49ers' primary concern has always been, and will continue to be, providing a safe and enjoyable environment for our fans on game day."    

Coach Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers said he was saddened by the news that fans had become violent at Saturday's game during a conference call with reporters today. "I feel for those people who were injured," Harbaugh said.    

He said he was not aware of the violence happening in the stands and outside the stadium during the game.

Anyone with information on yesterday's incidents is asked to call the tip line at (4150) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD.

 

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Update: Police Search For Person Of Interest In Candlestick Shooting

San Francisco Police are searching for a person of interest in one of two shootings outside of Candlestick Park Saturday night, a police spokesman said.

At around 8 p.m., two shooting victims were found in a stadium parking lot. The incident happened during a preseason football game between the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers.

Police are still unsure whether the shootings are connected. The two men were found far enough away from each other that police are currently treating them as separate investigations, San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said today.

One 24-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The other victim was in his 20s and his injuries were not life threatening.

Police are also unsure whether the victims had attended the game, or whether they were fans of a particular team.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan issued a joint statement today condemning the violence.

"Fans come to our stadiums to enjoy an afternoon of football, not to be subjected to intimidation or violence. These games are family events and the types of images we witnessed last night have no place in our arenas," the statement said.

The shootings were not the only incidents of violence at the football stadium Saturday.

A 26-year-old San Rafael man was assaulted and knocked unconscious in an upper-level restroom between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. He was taken to the hospital suffering life-threatening injuries.

Police are searching for a suspect in the beating, described as a Samoan/Pacific Islander male, 25-30 years old, between 6 foot 3 inches and 6 foot 5 inches tall, weighing 225 to 260 pounds. He had a goatee and long curly hair tied up in a ponytail, and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Coach Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers said he was saddened by the news that fans had become violent at Saturday's game during a conference call with reporters today. "I feel for those people who were injured," Harbaugh said.    

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call the tip line at (4150) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD.

 

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With More Protests Ahead, BART Addresses Customers On Demonstrations And Free Speech

With the threat of another disruptive protest looming, BART officials issued a letter to BART customers Saturday defending BART's decision to interrupt cellphone service to prevent a protest on Aug. 11, and announcing that the issue would be discussed at a board meeting Wednesday.

Interim General Manager Sherwood Wakeman and board of directors President Bob Franklin signed the letter, which gave BART customers a broad overview of this summer's events, which began with the BART police shooting of Charles Hill on July 3.

A week later, on July 11, a group gathered on the platform at Civic Center station, where Hill was shot, and disrupted service by blocking train doors, climbing on top of trains, and moving from station to station to stop trains from leaving.

In response, BART closed three San Francisco BART stations and commuters were forced to make other travel arrangements. BART's letter said that 96 trains were disrupted at the height of rush hour.

The protests were organized by a group called "No Justice, No BART" which formed after the Jan.1, 2009 BART police shooting of Oscar Grant in Oakland.

In August, BART announced on its website that it had obtained information that another protest was being planned for Civic Center station on Aug. 11. According to Saturday's letter, the demonstration was being planned as a surprise, with different color-coded groups coordinating activities to disrupt the trains via cellphones.

"The overall information about the planned protest led BART to conclude that the planned action constituted a serious and imminent threat to the safety of BART passengers and personnel and the safe operation of the BART system, at a level that could far exceed the protest of July 11," the letter said.

To prevent protesters from coordinating, BART suspended cellphone service in BART stations and tunnels beginning at 4 p.m. Aug. 11. The protests never materialized, leading some BART officials to declare the precaution was successful.

But the move set off a flurry of criticism and a fresh round of protests. Public statements from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union compared BART's strategy to those employed by repressive regimes in Egypt and Libya, where cellphone and Internet disruption is a standard practice in abating protests.

In addition, the loosely organized hacker protest group "Anonymous" reacted strongly to BART's strategy, calling for a new protest and hacking the BART website myBART.org, releasing some customers' personal information to the Internet.

The Anonymous-organized protest on Aug. 15 again met on the Civic Center platform and prevented trains from leaving the station, which led to the closure of all four downtown San Francisco BART stations.   

The same day, the Northern California ACLU released another statement, declaring BART's decision to shut down cellphone service unconstitutional, and the Federal Communications Commission released a statement saying it was gathering information about the unusual strategy to determine if any regulations had been broken.

Within BART itself there has been controversy about whether disrupting cellphone service was an appropriate measure. Board member Lynette Sweet said on Tuesday that she thinks the board should have been consulted before such a decision was reached, and said Wakeman himself lacks accountability.

"What we ended up doing is giving these same people another reason to come back and protest us," Sweet said.

On Wednesday, another BART website was hacked and personal information of BART police officers was released to the Internet. While Anonymous lacks an official head or spokesperson, Twitter accounts and other websites speaking for the group have denied responsibility for the latest leak, and some have condemned it.

Still, the group functions without any formal registration or membership, so anyone who chooses to call themselves Anonymous can do so. One Twitter account clarified this aspect of the group by saying, "Anonymous is not unanimous."

Anonymous has called for a second protest on Monday at 5 p.m., and as of 11 a.m. today, 215 people said they would be attending on a Facebook page announcing the action, even more than said they would be attending last week's protest.

The page said the protest would again meet on the platform at the Civic Center BART station.

BART officials have said that protests are permitted outside the faregates in BART stations, but that any protest in paid areas would be illegal. While BART has not shut down cell service since Aug. 11, BART officials have maintained that the move was legal and has not ruled out that they would again take that step during future protests.

The BART board of directors is scheduled to discuss the issue during a special meeting on Wednesday at BART's headquarters in Oakland, and has invited any concerned members of the public to attend.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Sunday News Round Up

Two People Shot Outside Candlestick Park after 49ers-Raiders Game

Two people were shot in the parking lot of Candlestick Park Saturday night following a preseason game.

A 24-year-old male suffered life-threatening injuries in the shooting, which was reported just after 8 p.m., Sgt. Michael Andraychak said. The other victim, a male in his 20s, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The shooting occurred near the end of a preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders, which began at 5 p.m. Andraychak said he did not know if the victims were in the parking lot due to the game, or if they were Raiders or 49ers fans.

There was no suspect description available last night, and no one was in custody.

5-Year-Old Boy Injured in Hit-and-Run in San Francisco

A 5-year-old boy was injured in a hit-and-run Saturday morning while crossing a street in San Francisco, police said.

A dark green hatchback traveling westbound on Silver Avenue near Elmira Street struck the boy, who was walking ahead of a family member in a crosswalk at around 11:30 a.m.

The boy, a San Francisco resident, was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The driver, described as a Hispanic man, drove away from the scene. The vehicle was described as a 80s dark green hatchback with a missing passenger side mirror.

Child Shot in Oakland Near Where Other Child Shot Earlier This Month

A child was shot Saturday afternoon in Oakland only a few blocks away from where a 3-year-old boy was fatally shot earlier this month.

Police said one child was shot on the 5900 block of International Boulevard at 3:19 p.m.

The child was driven to a local hospital for treatment and was in stable condition, according to police.

Police are searching for an unknown suspect armed with a firearm. No suspect is in custody.

The shooting was only blocks away from where 3-year-old Carlos Navas was shot and killed on Aug. 8. Police have said that shooting was gang-related, and that two other men wounded in the shooting were the intended targets.

Two men have been arrested in connection with that drive-by shooting. Willie Torrence, a 22-year-old Oakland resident who was arrested in Las Vegas on Aug. 12, is suspected of being the driver in the shooting. Lawrence Denard, a 26-year-old Oakland resident who was arrested in Pittsburg on Aug. 9, is suspected of being the shooter.

Woman Killed by MUNI Bus in Castro District Identified

A woman who was struck and killed by a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus in the Castro District Friday has been identified as 23-year-old Emily Dunn, according to the Medical Examiner's office.

Dunn, a San Francisco resident, was walking west on 18th Street around 2:30 p.m. when she crossed Hartford Street and was struck a bus that was turning left on to Hartford Street from 18th.

The victim was about 90 percent of the way across the street when she was hit, causing fatal injuries, police said.

Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

The bus that struck Dunn was a shuttle for the F-line, according to Muni officials. There is no regularly scheduled bus service on Hartford Street, but police said the street is a common route for F-line shuttles.

The driver remained at the scene and will be taking a chemical test, police said.

The Police Department's Major Traffic and Hit and Run divisions are investigating the accident.

Marin County Firefighters Struggle to Reach Vegetation Fire in Hills Above Fairfax

Marin County firefighters struggled to reach a vegetation fire Saturday in the steep hills above Fairfax.

The fire, reported shortly before 5 p.m., took place in rugged and steep terrain in the Woodacre area above Deer Park School, according to Battalion Chief Mike Giannini.

Firefighters had to deploy more than 3,000 feet of hose to supply water to the fire scene. A total of 81 personnel were involved in fighting the flames along with three water dropping airplanes and one helicopter.

The fire was contained at 8 p.m.

Giannini said the area where the fire occurred, part of the Mt. Tamalpais watershed, has been plagued by Sudden Oak Death.

No structures were threatened by the fire and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

UC Berkeley Graduates Detained in Iran Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

Two University of California at Berkeley graduates who have been detained in Iran on espionage charges for two years were sentenced to 8 years in prison, according to their supporters' website.

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, and a third UC Berkeley graduate, Sarah Shourd, were arrested on July 31, 2009, after embarking on a hike in Iraq's Kurdistan region near the Iranian border.

Iran has accused them of espionage, but the hikers and their families say they are not spies but instead were detained after they accidentally crossed an unmarked border into Iran.

Iran released Shourd, 32, who is engaged to Bauer, last September because she was in poor health.

Iranian authorities held a four-hour hearing for Bauer and Fattal on July 31 during which the two men again testified as to their innocence, and their attorney had an opportunity to present their defense, according to a statement issued by the men's families.

At that time, the families said the attorney for Bauer and Fattal, Masoud Shafii, told them that Bauer and Fattal "both appeared to be well and in good spirits."

Supporters of the detained hikers expressed their disappointment and anger over the decision on Facebook and Twitter Saturday morning.

Many of the responders said that they had not given up hope that the two men will be released despite the sentence.

"Never give up hope," one supporter posted on the Free the Hikers Facebook page. "Working together we will get Shane & Josh home and it's not going to be in 8 years. Lace up the boots and let's get back to work."

More than 800 Take Part in Second Annual San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz

More than 800 athletes, including more than 250 Bay Area residents, will take on San Francisco terrain as the Second Annual San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz begins this morning.

The three-stage event will include a swim from Alcatraz Island to Marina Green, a 25-mile bike ride through the hills of San Francisco and a 7-mile run that includes a 400-step sand ladder.

Ben Collins, of Seattle, Wash., won the men's course and Tenille Hoogland, of Ottawa, Ontario, won the women's course in 2010.

The event begins at 7 a.m.

Scuba Diver Found in Monterey Bay Died at Hospital

A scuba diver in distress was found in Monterey Bay Saturday and died at a hospital a short time later, a U.S. Coast Guard official said.

The Coast Guard received reports that a diver was missing at around 11:20 a.m. near the harbor, Command Duty Officer Joseph Ford said.

A 50-year-old man was found unresponsive in the water at around 11:40 a.m.

The diver was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Ford said.

The Coast Guard and local authorities do not know what caused the man to go into distress and the incident is under investigation, Ford said.

Man Arrested After Allegedly Attempting to Stab Two Police Officers in Vacaville

A man was arrested Friday evening after allegedly attempting to stab two police officers in Vacaville when they responded to a domestic incident, police said.

A woman called police at around 5:15 p.m. to report that her ex-husband, 54-year-old Donald Cunningham, was intoxicated and had broken into her backyard through a side fence in the 200 block of Luzena Avenue.

The woman told police that Cunningham forced his way into her garage and refused to leave. Cunningham reportedly told his wife that he wanted something to happen so he could die, according to police.

Cunningham allegedly told his ex-wife that he wanted the police to deal with him. The woman also informed officers that there were large hunting knives in the garage, police said.

Police said that responding officers discovered Cunningham sitting in a chair in the garage, armed with two large hunting knives.

Cunningham allegedly got out of the chair and moved toward the officers with the knives raised and told the officers that he was going to stab them, police said.

An officer deployed his Taser to subdue the suspect and Cunningham was taken into custody.

Cunningham was taken to a hospital before he was booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.

Two People Shot in West Oakland Saturday

Two people were shot Saturday in an early morning shooting in West Oakland, an Oakland police officer said.

Two people were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening after a shooting in the 800 block of W. Grand Ave. around 1:30 a.m., Officer Kevin McDonald said.

The victims were in stable condition, McDonald said.

University of San Francisco Unveils New Logo

At the University of San Francisco, the new school year will bring a new logo, which was unveiled Friday, a university spokeswoman said.

The new logo, along with a new tagline, "Change the World From Here," updates the former logo, which was introduced nearly 20 years ago.

The logo now spells out the university's name instead of only its initials.

The logo forms a cross in the center, referencing the school's Jesuit Catholic tradition, and there are arrows that point both inward and outward, which spokeswoman Anne-Marie Devine said represents the ongoing dialogue and engagement between USF and society.

The design for the logo was an 18-month process and co-created by San Francisco design firm, Studio Hinrichs, and USF creative director Dale Johnston.

Former and current students, faculty and staff were part of the design process. They provided feedback and ideas for the logo redesign, Devine said.

Oakland Museum of California Plans to Identify and Possibly Return Native American Remains and Artifacts

The Oakland Museum of California plans to identify and possibly return Native America remains and artifacts in its collection using federal grant funds, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee announced Thursday.

The Oakland museum, which showcases the art, history and natural science of California, received $77,842 from the National Park Service.

Lee, D-Oakland, said the grant will allow the museum to inventory and identify any Native American human remains and cultural items in their collections.

The grant will allow the museum to collaborate with affiliated Native American tribes, Alaska Native villages and corporations and Native Hawaiian organizations to determine whether the Oakland Museum of California can maintain items in their collection or if they should be returned to the appropriate tribe or organization, Lee said in a statement.

The Oakland Museum of California is located at 1000 Oak St.

Historic Bridge in Felton to Get Facelift

A historic bridge in Felton will get a facelift.

Caltrans received a National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program grant to repair and restore the Felton Covered Bridge, U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, announced Friday.

The bridge crosses over the San Lorenzo River just south of downtown Felton.

Caltrans received $248,238 from the Federal Highway Administration to conduct needed repairs and renovations on the bridge, Eshoo said.

"(The) grant to Santa Cruz County to restore the Bridge in Felton will put people to work and restore a national historic landmark," Eshoo said in a news release. "I'm thrilled for the community because the Federal Highway Administration grant speaks volumes about the importance of this historic bridge and the local community effort to restore it."
The bridge, built in 1892, is the tallest covered bridge in the United States and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Severe winter storms damaged the bridge in 1982. The bridge was reconstructed in 1988 and the project was given the National Preservation Award for its craftsmanship, skill and efficiency.

Eshoo wrote the FHA in late June, urging the approval of the grant.

Second Suspect Arrested in Gang-Related Beating of Fairfield Supermarket Employee in June

A second suspect was arrested Thursday night in connection with a gang-related beating of a Fairfield supermarket employee in June, police said Friday.

The employee was attacked as he worked inside a supermarket in the 1900 block of W. Texas St. by three people at about 8:45 p.m. on June 13.

The suspects struck the victim upside his head with a glass liquor bottle before attacking the victim, beating him to the ground and kicking him repeatedly. The suspects fled before police arrived.

On July 20, police arrested Manuel Godinez, 19, of Fairfield, in connection with the attack after the department's Gang Unit detectives identified two of the three suspects and obtained warrants for their arrest.

Police also had a warrant out for the arrest of Fairfield resident Rolando Cuevas, 18, who was tracked by detectives Thursday night to Suisun City.

Officers from the Suisun City Police Department and Fairfield gang detectives surrounded a residence in the 800 block of Redhead Way where detectives confirmed Cuevas was located.

Fairfield police dispatchers called the home to order Cuevas to surrender, but the person who answered -- who was later determined to be Cuevas -- said that Cuevas was not inside the home.

Moments later, while other people who had been inside the home exited through the front of the house, Cuevas exited a back door and hopped a backyard fence into a neighbor's yard.

Fairfield police K-9 "Ajax" apprehended Cuevas, and Cuevas was taken into custody in the backyard.

Cuevas was booked into Solano County Jail on a warrant for assault with intent to commit great bodily injury and for participating in a crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang.

San Francisco Bay Area Sunday Weather Forecast

Patchy fog and drizzle is expected in the Bay Area this morning before skies become partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are expected. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph are also anticipated.

Forecasters predict partly cloudy skies this evening before cloudy and foggy weather tonight. Lows in the mid 50s are expected. West winds 10 to 15 mph are likely, becoming southwest around 5 mph after midnight.

Monday is likely to be mostly cloudy and foggy in the morning, before becoming sunny. Highs in the 60s are expected, with southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Weather Forecast for San Francisco Bay Area

Patchy fog and drizzle is expected in the Bay Area this morning before skies become partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are expected. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph are also anticipated.

Forecasters predict partly cloudy skies this evening before cloudy and foggy weather tonight. Lows in the mid 50s are expected. West winds 10 to 15 mph are likely, becoming southwest around 5 mph after midnight.

Monday is likely to be mostly cloudy and foggy in the morning, before becoming sunny. Highs in the 60s are expected, with southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Woman Killed by MUNI Shuttle in Castro District Identified

A woman who was struck and killed by a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus in the Castro District Friday has been identified as 23-year-old Emily Dunn, according to the medical examiner's office.

Dunn, a San Francisco resident, was walking west on 18th Street around 2:30 p.m. when she crossed Hartford Street and was struck by a bus that was turning left onto Hartford Street from 18th Street.

The victim was about 90 percent of the way across the street when she was hit, causing fatal injuries, police said.

Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

The bus that struck Dunn was a shuttle for the F-line, according to Muni officials. There is no regularly scheduled bus service on Hartford Street, but police said the street is a common route for F-line shuttles.

The driver remained at the scene and will be taking a chemical test, police said.

The Police Department's Major Traffic and Hit and Run divisions are investigating the collision.

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