Amber Alert Canceled After Father, Daughter Found Dead
A statewide Amber Alert that had been issued for a child who was abducted by her father in Sacramento was canceled after they were both found dead inside his vehicle, FBI officials said.
Mourad Samaan, 49, of Sacramento took his 2-year-old daughter Madeline Samaan-Fey a week ago today.
At about 8 p.m. Saturday, his green Toyota 4Runner was located in a remote area of El Dorado County near Placerville with both bodies inside, according to the FBI.
The cause and time of their deaths are unknown.
Samaan had shared joint custody of Madeline with her mother and was served a legal notice to return the child late last week, FBI officials said.
The mother reported the child missing Aug. 7 to Sacramento police, who worked in conjunction with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and the FBI on the case.
BART Decision to Cut Cell Service Drawing Criticism
The decision by BART officials to interrupt wireless service at several downtown San Francisco stations Thursday in an attempt to disrupt possible protest plans has drawn criticism.
The transit agency interrupted wireless service for several hours in response to a possible planned protest that was spurred by the fatal shooting of 45-year-old Charles Hill by BART police July 3.
BART officials said organizers were planning to disrupt train service Thursday during rush hour, like protesters did July 11, when a protest at the Civic Center station temporarily closed it and led to a number of arrests.
The decision to cut service has been widely covered -- from Bay Area blogs to international outlets like Al Jazeera. A number of articles and comments have drawn comparisons to Egypt's deposed President Hosni Mubarek.
Twitter users have even started a trend using the hashtag #muBARTek as play on his name.
Civil rights groups have voiced opinions, as well. A blog post on the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California's website said, "Shutting down access to mobile phones is the wrong response to political protests, whether it's halfway around the world or right here at home."
State Sen. Leland Yee released a statement blasting BART officials for their decision.
"I am shocked that BART thinks they can use authoritarian control tactics," he said. "BART's decision was not only a gross violation of free speech rights; it was irresponsible and compromised public safety."
BART officials say they are well within their legal rights to disrupt wireless service and that they support free speech as long as it does not interfere with riders' safety.
"There are areas in the BART system that are designated free-speech areas. We support that," BART spokesman Jim Allison said.
The busy platforms with nearby fast-moving trains and high-voltage third rails, Allison said, is not the appropriate place for an "anything goes atmosphere."
"To allow free and unfettered activity of any kind is simply not safe," he said.
The online hacker group Anonymous has called for another protest Monday at 5 p.m.
The group sent out a letter to BART promising to "set the censored free from their silence." Using the Twitter hashtag #opBART to spread the word, Anonymous is calling on San Franciscans to participate in the protest and asking those who cannot attend to bombard BART with emails, faxes and phone calls.
"BART decided to cut off your communications and now we will flood theirs," their statement said.
Allison said BART officials are aware of the possible protest Monday and that he did not know whether they would disrupt wireless service again.
"We're making plans to try to protect our customers," Allison said.
Hayward Police Investigate Death of Woman Engulfed in Flames
Hayward police are investigating the death of a female who was found engulfed in flames Friday night, police said.
Emergency officials received initial calls of a structure fire in the 31000 block of Industrial Parkway Southwest shortly before 10 p.m. The report was quickly changed from a structure on fire to a person engulfed in flames.
Hayward firefighters and police responded within minutes but the female victim had already sustained to injuries sustained from the fire, police said.
The victim has not been identified.
Police said investigators have not ruled out any cause of death and are speaking with witnesses at the scene.
Man Arrested for Alledged Stabbing in Salinas
A man was arrested for allegedly stabbing another man 12 times Friday morning at a Salinas park.
Police responded to Closter Park, located at 401 Towt St., after receiving a report of a stabbing at about 11:10 a.m. Officers found the victim, who appeared to be in his early 20s, with multiple stab wounds to his chest.
Following witness descriptions, officers checked the area and found 18-year-old Noe Vargas. He was arrested after witnesses identified him as the suspect in the stabbing.
The victim was transported by helicopter to a hospital, where he underwent surgery. He was listed in critical condition.
Vargas was transported to Monterey County jail.
The motive for the attack is unknown.
Illegal Ads for Anti-Graffiti Documentary Keep San Francisco Department of Public Works Busy
Illegally posted advertisements for a documentary about anti-graffiti vigilantes are keeping anti-graffiti crews from the San Francisco Department of Public Works busy.
City officials said the posters are showing up on storefronts, utility poles, and trash receptacles throughout the city.
The Mission District and surrounding neighborhoods are particularly problematic for the department as crews work to clean up more than 40 wheat-pasted posters in that area, city officials said.
The department said the posters promote the documentary "Vigilante, Vigilante: The Battle for Expression."
Department officials are asking the documentary's filmmakers to intervene and are asking the public to report poster sightings to 311.
Police Identify Fatally Shot Oakland Man
Police have identified a man who was fatally shot in Oakland Friday night as 20-year-old Jesus Razo Jr.
Officers responded to the 9800 block of Maddux Drive at around 11:15 p.m. They discovered Razo, an Oakland resident, inside of a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds, police said.
Razo was pronounced dead at the scene.
No arrests have been made and police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the homicide unit at (510) 238-3821.
Less than two hours later, police responded to another fatal shooting at Harrington Avenue and Galindo Street.
Police discovered two shooting victims at around 12:40 a.m. Saturday morning. One man died and another suffered injuries that were not life threatening, police said.
Officer Shoots Suspected Attacker in Oakland
A police officer shot a male suspect in Oakland Friday night after he allegedly attacked officers when they attempted to detain him for urinating in public, police said.
Officers attempted to detain the male, an Oakland resident, for public urination in the 2100 block of Fruitvale Avenue at around 7:40 p.m.
Police said the male became violent, assaulted an officer, and attacked the officers with a long, metal blunt object.
An officer pulled out her firearm and shot the suspect to defend the officers, according to police.
The suspect was taken to Alameda County Medical Center for his injuries and is expected to survive.
An officer was also injured during the incident. She was taken to Summit Hospital and was treated and released.
Man Accused of Murdering 3-Year-Old in Drive-By Assigned Public Defender
The man accused of murdering 3-year-old Carlos Nava in a drive-by shooting in East Oakland on Monday was assigned an attorney from the Alameda County Public Defender's Office at a brief hearing on Friday.
Lawrence Denard, a 26-year-old Oakland man who has prior convictions for grand theft and possession of a firearm by a felon, is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on Aug. 29 to enter a plea.
Denard is charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with the shooting in the 6400 block of International Boulevard at about 1:12 p.m. on Monday that killed Carlos and wounded two adult males.
Oakland police said they believe the shooting was gang-related and the two adult men were the intended targets in the shooting, as Carlos and his family had no connection with them.
According to a probable cause statement filed in court by detectives, one of the men who was shot provided the name of the driver of the suspect vehicle when he was questioned at the hospital where he is being treated.
Investigators also located an additional witness who identified the shooter as Denard.
Denard was taken into custody shortly after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Pittsburg but police are still seeking the second suspect, who they believe drove the car that was used in the shooting.
The shooting outraged community members. At a vigil for Carlos on Tuesday night Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts said the person who killed Carlos was "an animal."
But a female cousin of Denard who attended his hearing on Friday said Denard "is not an animal" and alleged that authorities "don't have no strong evidence against him."
The cousin, who declined to give her name, said Denard "is not going to do that kind of thing and we're going to get him out" of jail.
Another cousin, Edward Benton, said Denard "is a good, loving person who just wants to take care of his 4-year-old daughter."
Benton said he thinks Denard is being 'framed" and vowed "there will be a lawsuit" against the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for charging Denard.
Benton said the people who identified Denard as being the shooter in the incident didn't see the shooter's face and only described the shooter as having dreadlocks.
"There are a thousand people in Oakland who have dreadlocks," Benton said.
Some Oakland Administrative and City Services Will be Closed Monday Due to Budget Cuts
Oakland officials are reminding residents that some administrative and city services will be closed Monday as a result of budget cutbacks.
The business closures and the unpaid time off by city employees is part of an agreement by employee labor unions to help balance Oakland's deficit.
No street sweeping will occur Monday -- although public works employees will respond to serious emergencies, such as traffic signal outages or sewer overflows.
All libraries will be closed Monday. In addition, all branch libraries will be closed Saturday. The main library will be open this weekend and all libraries resume normal service hours Tuesday.
Oakland Animal Services will be closed Monday. Any stray animal emergencies should be reported to (510) 777-3333 and a shelter representative will be contacted.
The city's north, downtown, west and east senior centers will be closed Monday.
Head Start locations will be closed although Early Head Start sites will be open, city officials said.
City parks will be open to the public Monday, although no staff will be onsite and bathrooms will be closed. Paid programs and camps will continue as scheduled.
Police, fire, and emergency services will not be affected by the closures.
King City Man Arrested for Outstanding Warrants, Narcotics Violations, Attempting to Flee
A 26-year-old King City man was arrested by officers from multiple law enforcement agencies Saturday morning for allegedly having outstanding warrants and narcotics violations and for attempting to flee.
Monterey County sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers arrested David Godoy Salazar in the town of San Lucas.
At about 11:45 a.m., they made a perimeter around a home, but before they could contact Salazar, the suspect was seen jumping over a fence and running.
Following a foot chase, a CHP officer tased Salazar. Crystal methamphetamine and cocaine were allegedly located in Salazar's pockets.
He was booked into Monterey County jail.
Monterey County Sheriff's Office Arrests Man in Prunedale After Finding Narcotics
The Monterey County Sheriff's Office arrested a man in Prunedale after investigators found narcotics at his home Thursday.
Sergei Syx, 43, a resident at 13614 Monte Del Sol, was taken into custody and booked into the Monterey County Jail after a narcotics unit, with assistance from the patrol division, served a search warrant at his home, according to the sheriff's office.
Methamphetamine and items associated with selling methamphetamine were allegedly found at the home, sheriff's officials said.
Children With Chronic Illnesses to Arrive in San Francisco for Weeklong Vacation
About 150 children with chronic illnesses from three countries are arriving in San Francisco on Tuesday for a weeklong vacation.
A team of volunteer doctors, paramedics, nurses and counselors will lead the medically supervised trip. They will arrive at San Francisco International Airport at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
A crew from the San Francisco Fire Department will greet the children, who are arriving from 12 U.S. states, Canada and Israel, with a water cannon salute.
The Kids of Courage team will visit Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Raging Waters water park and Alcatraz. The kids also will get to watch an Oakland A's game and see the Ringling Brothers Circus.
Kids of Courage is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people with serious medical diagnoses.
San Francisco Bay Area Sunday Weather Forecast
The Bay Area is expected to be partly cloudy with patches of fog this morning. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are anticipated, with west winds 5 to 15 mph.
Clear skies are expected this evening before becoming mostly cloudy tonight, with patchy fog after midnight. West winds 5 to 15 mph are anticipated. Lows are expected to be in the mid 50s.
Sunshine is expected Monday after cloudy and foggy skies clear in the morning. Highs in the 50s to upper 60s are likely. West winds 5 to 10 mph are anticipated, increasing to 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.