Vallejo Woman And Son Arrested In Connection With Assault Of Children
A Vallejo woman and her son have been arrested in connection with the assault of two young children at their Tuolumne Street residence, Vallejo police said Monday.
The 5-year-old boy and the 4-year-old girl allegedly had rope burns on their arms from being tied to objects in the home, were under-nourished and were injured from physical abuse, Lt. Ken Weaver said.
The alleged abuse had been going on since the end of May, Weaver said.
Edward Allen Kemp II, 24, was arrested July 22 on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and was released after posting $30,000 bail, Weaver said.
Kemp's mother, 45-year-old Klella Jo Farris, was arrested Aug. 3 on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and corporal injury to a child causing injury, Weaver said.
The children's mother and Farris were in a romantic relationship for more than a year, and she, Farris and Kemp all lived with the children in the residence in the 2700 block of Tuolumne Street, Weaver said.
Police began investigating the child cruelty allegations on June 28 after receiving information from Solano County Child Protective Services which took custody of both children, Weaver said.
The Solano County District Attorney's Office also investigated the case, police said.
IRS Warns Of Scams Targetting The Elderly And Disabled
The Internal Revenue Service is warning Northern California residents of a scam that targets the elderly and disabled.
IRS authorities have received reports of incidents in Fresno, Sacramento, Stockton, and places within the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Jose, but do not know the extent of the scam.
"These things are spreading," IRS spokesman Jesse Weller said. "We want to stop this before it spreads any further."
Elderly, low-income and disabled members of the Asian community in particular seem to be targeted in a refund scheme in which the con artist convinces the victim that he or she is eligible for a refund through the "Making Work Pay" tax credit.
This credit was issued in 2009 and 2010 to eligible working individuals based on wages, and taxpayers could receive up to $400 per person over the course of a year, Weller said.
The credit the scammers are touting is real but the victims in these cons were not employed and therefore not eligible for a refund. "If there's a grain of truth in something, it makes it seem more legitimate," he said.
The suspects then charge the victims hundreds of dollars in fees to prepare the bogus paperwork.
IRS authorities do not know if the suspects are the same in these scamming incidents or if other criminals are copying the con, Weller said.
A similar national scheme has also been seen in Northern California. This scam also preys on the elderly and claims to give refunds based on Social Security benefits.
Weller said there is no truth to these claims.
Suspects involved in the national scam tend to market their services in churches and by using handmade flyers, Weller said.
The IRS is advising the public to be cautious and to verify claims at www.IRS.gov or by calling (800) 829-1040.
Man Waiting For Bus Stabbed In Chest
A man waiting for a bus on Santa Rosa Avenue was stabbed in the chest late Monday morning, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said.
A gold pickup truck pulled up to the bus stop in the 3100 block of Santa Rosa Avenue around 11:50 a.m., Sgt. Carlos Basurto said.
A white male passenger got out of the truck and began arguing with the man at the bus stop, then stabbed him in the chest, Basurto said. The suspect ran back to the truck, which sped north on Santa Rosa Avenue.
The stabbing victim was taken to a hospital and had surgery Monday afternoon, Basurto said.
The stabbing suspect is a white male, 20 to 25 years old with short hair, and the pickup driver is a white or Hispanic male, Basurto said.
The pickup is a 2003 to 2006 gold Chevrolet Silverado with chrome rims, has a bug shield on the front hood and has "Z71" affixed to the rear side, Basurto said.
Anyone with information about the suspect or truck is asked to call the sheriff's office at (707) 565-2185.
Vacaville Police Arrest Four In Connection With July Bank Robberies
Vacaville police arrested four suspects Monday in connection with two bank robberies in the city in late July.
The arrests came after San Francisco police passed on a tip regarding the suspects' location, Vacaville police Sgt. Jeff King said.
Vacaville police said the suspects might be responsible for as many as 10 bank robberies in Northern California, and several local and federal law enforcement agencies have been investigating the robberies and trying to locate the suspects.
The Vacaville bank robberies include the Wells Fargo bank at 3061 Alamo Drive on July 25 and the Chase Bank on July 19. Both banks are in the same shopping center and the two robberies are related, King said.
Police identified the suspects last week based on forensic evidence collected at the robbery scenes, King said. Police said they believe the evidence will connect all four suspects to the Vacaville robberies.
Police then obtained arrest warrants but could not locate the suspects until they received a tip from the San Francisco Police Department, King said.
Jordan Michael Moore, 19, and Danielle Jolene Casab, 20, both of Vacaville, were arrested at 6:30 a.m. Monday in front of their apartment in the 6800 block of Leisure Town Road, police said.
Sylvester Moore, 37, of Vacaville, was also arrested at the scene for a parole violation, police said. Moore lived with the other two suspects in the apartment the trio moved into last week, police said.
Michael Conniff, 21, of Vacaville, a suspect in a bank robbery in another jurisdiction, also was arrested at the apartment, police said.
Redwood City Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Stabbed A Man
Redwood City police arrested a man Sunday after he allegedly stabbed another man during a personal dispute, police said.
Officers located the victim, a 29-year-old Redwood City resident, with a stab wound in his upper torso in an alley off the 3700 block of Rolison Road at 3:45 p.m. He was transported to a local hospital and is expected to recover after undergoing surgery.
Dantis Sims, 58, was arrested in connection with the stabbing. Sims is a resident of that neighborhood who said the victim allegedly broke the front window of his apartment, according to police.
The two men are neighbors in the same apartment complex but it is unclear why the victim would have broken Sims's window, Sgt. Sean Hart said.
Police have not yet been able to interview the victim as he has been hospitalized since the incident, but police do not believe that the two men had any prior relationship, Hart said.
He said the two men argued about the window until Sims left his apartment to confront the victim and allegedly stabbed him once. Police were already en route to respond to the broken window when the call was escalated to a stabbing, Hart said.
Sims was booked into San Mateo County Jail and was arraigned Monday for attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
Pacific Heights Fire Was Accidental
Investigators for the San Francisco Fire Department have determined that a house fire in the city's Pacific Heights neighborhood lateSunday night was accidental and caused up to $25,000 in damage.
Two women, a woman in her 80s and another woman in her 60s, were rescued from the two-story home but were severely burned and remain hospitalized Monday, said San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge.
She said the resident of the house was an elderly woman and the other woman rescued was her caregiver, who was staying in the house with her. She said that because of the elderly woman's age, her injuries were considered life-threatening.
Talmadge said investigators are still trying to determine the exact cause of the fire, but they believe it may be related to cigarettes.
San Francisco firefighters responded to the one-alarm fire at 1980 Jackson St. around 11:30 p.m., Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Burke said.
The blaze was under control just before midnight, Burke said. The home sustained significant damage to the bedroom and the roof. Talmadge said the damage estimate provided by investigators included $15,000 to $20,000 of structural damage, and about $5,000 of damage to the home's contents.
East Oakland Drive-By Shooting Kills Three
A 3-year-old boy was killed and two men were injured in a drive-by shooting in East Oakland Monday afternoon, a police sergeant said.
Police responded to reports of shots fired in the area of 65th Avenue and International Boulevard at 1:12 p.m., police spokeswoman Holly Joshi said.
Two men were found injured in front of a Little Ceasars pizza restaurant at 6447 International Blvd. and were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
The boy, who was with his family when the shooting occurred, was taken to Children's Hospital of Oakland where he was pronounced dead.
Police believe that the two men were the intended targets and that the boy had no connection to the men, Joshi said.
The suspect or suspects shot the victims from a passing car, but no vehicle description was immediately available.
Police closed International Boulevard between 64th and 66th avenues for the investigation. The roadway was still closed as of 4 p.m.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact police at (510) 238-3821.
San Mateo County Homeowners Could Be Eligible For Energy Efficient Home Construction Rebates
San Mateo County homeowners interested in making their homes more energy efficient could be eligible to receive up to $8,000 in construction rebates, county officials said Monday.
Representatives from PG&E, San Mateo County and San Mateo-based Solarcity gathered outside a recently upgraded house in Redwood City to outline the benefits of enrolling in Energy Upgrade California, a plan set up by the state that gives homeowners money to pay for improvements that result in lower energy use.
Besides the cash incentives from PG&E and San Mateo County, benefits of the plan include lower utility bills, lower carbon emissions, and a safer more comfortable home, San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine said.
"We're all concerned about reducing our carbon footprint," Pine said. "Homes and businesses produce about 40 percent of the emissions we generate."
PG&E and San Mateo County are offering homeowners up to $8,000 toward remodeling projects that reduce household energy use, such as replacing water heaters, resealing air ducts and insulating water pipes and attic walls.
The City of San Bruno is offering its residents an additional $4,000 toward efficiency upgrades, public works management analyst Jim Shannon said. The city will also cover the cost of any permits needed to complete the upgrade projects.
Gary, a Redwood City homeowner who did not want his last name used, said he enrolled in the program and had his home assessed by a team from Solarcity. The team created an energy upgrade plan that included removing an old water heater and filling leaks in heating ducts.
"The way houses were built back in the day, they were very drafty from bottom to top," Gary said.
The county will hold the first of four open houses to discuss enrolling in the program in San Bruno on Aug. 23 at the San Bruno Senior Center at 7 p.m.
More information can be found online at www.energyupgradeca.org or by calling the San Mateo County Energy Upgrade Program at (650) 762-5440.
San Francisco's Bayview Neighborhood Celebrates New Youth Center
Residents of San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood Monday celebrated the opening of a new youth center that hopes to improve and unite the community through teen leadership.
The Community Youth Center of San Francisco opened a new branch at 4438 Third St., between Kirkwood and LaSalle avenues, at 11 a.m., and more than 150 neighbors welcomed the nonprofit to the block.
"It was a beautiful day," project manager Eddy Zheng said. "A lot of people came. The community came through."
The center plans to hire 12 local teens, between 14 and 18 years old, of varying cultural backgrounds to be youth advocates for the community.
Organizers will teach the advocates leadership and public speaking skills, and participants will learn about each other's cultural backgrounds, Zheng said.
The advocates will then take what they have learned and create a presentation on "the challenges and the beauty of Bayview," he said.
The participants will take this message to area schools, community organizations, and to the state legislative body in Sacramento, Zheng said.
Zheng said organizers hope the participants will help to create solutions to stop violence and create job opportunities for young people.
The advocates will be paid $10 an hour for six hours a week and their job includes participating in local efforts to clean up the streets and assisting other organizations with charitable events.
Zheng said organizers are in the process of reviewing applications and interviewing prospective advocates.
The center has a main office at 1038 Post St. and another branch location in the Richmond District at 319 Sixth Ave.
SamTrans Seeks Public Input On Day Pass And Other Changes
SamTrans is seeking public input at four community meetings this week on whether it should create a day pass and make a number of other changes.
The agency is considering creating a day pass that would allow SamTrans customers to ride all day.
The pass, which would cost three times the price of a one-way fare, would offer an option to customers who ride more than one bus daily, representatives said. SamTrans does not offer transfers.
The agency is also considering other changes to its codified tariff -- which outlines SamTrans fares and rules -- including revising language to reflect the implementation of the Clipper card.
The proposed language revisions include eliminating monthly paper passes and clarifying interagency transfer agreements, SamTrans officials said.
The first meeting was held at 4 p.m. Monday at Cunha Intermediate School at 600 Church St. in Half Moon Bay.
Another meeting will be held at the same time today in East Palo Alto City Council chambers at 2415 University Ave.
On Wednesday, SamTrans will host a 6 p.m. meeting at its headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos, and the fourth meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in South San Francisco City Council chambers at 400 Grand Ave.
A complete list of proposed changes is available at www.samtrans.com/codifiedtariff.
Computer Glitch Causes A Pause In BART Service Monday Night
BART trains stopped running for several hours Monday night because of a non-emergency computer issue, agency representatives said.
The computer glitch started at about 7:35 p.m., spokesman Linton Johnson said, and involved the computers inside BART's operations control center.
The problem prevented the control center from monitoring the location of the system's trains. "It's not a safety issue, per se, because the computers on the trackside are able to move the trains," Johnson said.
However, if a train were to have a mechanical issue, the operations center would normally reroute trains but could not do so without knowing trains' locations.
As a result, earlier Monday evening the agency essentially stopped service, getting each train to the nearest station so that passengers would be allowed to exit while crews worked to resolve the problem.
"We can't 'see' the trains, and so we're asking most of the trains to stop," Johnson said.
The trackside computers that control the trains were not affected by the problem, Johnson said.
Passengers were advised to take alternate transportation, and other transit agencies honored BART tickets, spokesman Jim Allison said.
Allison said at about 9:55 p.m. that "service restoration is in progress" and that computer engineers were getting the computers "fired up again."
San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast
Mostly cloudy weather and patchy fog is expected in the Bay Area this morning. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are anticipated.
Tonight is expected to be mostly cloudy with patches of fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s are expected.
Forecasters predict mostly cloudy skies Wednesday with patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are anticipated.
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