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Man Shot in Abdomen Early This Morning

A man was shot in the abdomen in San Francisco's Silver Terrace neighborhood early this morning, police said.

The shooting was reported at 2:38 a.m. near the intersection of Quesada Avenue and Selby Street.

The 28-year-old victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are not considered life-threatening, according to police.

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday News Round Up

Four Killed in 11 Oakland Shootings

Four people have been killed and seven others injured in a rash of 11 shootings throughout Oakland since Thursday, and Oakland police are working to find solutions to a rise in violent crime in the city this year, police said.

Najon Jackson, Giselle Ortiz and Charles Smith were killed in separate shootings Saturday night and Sunday morning, Sgt. Holly Joshi said.

Another man was found dead in East Oakland at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, marking Oakland's 64th homicide this year, according to police statistics.

At this time last year, Oakland had seen 50 homicides, but this year there has been a 4 percent rise in violent crime, police said.

Joshi said Oakland police are preparing to combat the rise in violent crime with a more proactive approach and are assigning officers to an end-of-summer crime reduction team.

The manpower will be provided by the return of 24 officers who were laid off last July. Grappling with a budget shortfall, Oakland laid off 80 police officers last year, but after recent concessions from city unions, Oakland has been able to hire back some of its depleted police force.

Joshi said most of the 24 rehired officers would be back on patrol by Saturday after a week of training. Officers who were employed by other police agencies could return to active duty after one week, while officers who have been unemployed or employed in non-police positions will require more training.

Once Oakland has added to its patrol force, 18 officers with specialized training will be reassigned to units that will be "out in the field gathering intelligence and doing targeted enforcement." Joshi said that after the layoffs such specialized units were disbanded.

Joshi said it is difficult to point to any single cause for the rise in violent crime in Oakland this year, but that conflicts between rival gangs and accessibility to guns has contributed to Oakland's rising homicide rate.

"The accessibility of guns in this city is out of control," Joshi said. She said guns for many of the city's youth are "so close and accessible when they get into a personal dispute -- it's right there."

Vigil Held for Emeryville Student Killed in East Oakland Shooting

More than 100 students and faculty attended a vigil at Emeryville Secondary School Monday night for slain 16-year-old student Najon Jackson, according to Emery Unified School District Superintendent Debbra Lindo.

Jackson, who would have been a junior at the school this fall, was killed in a shooting in the 9300 block of Sunnyside Street in East Oakland at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday, according to Oakland police. They say they do not yet know the motive for the slaying.

Jackson's family members, who also participated in the vigil, asked the news media to respect their privacy and not attend, Lindo said.

School board president Miguel Dwin said the fact that so many students attended the hastily organized vigil at a time when school is not in session shows how popular Jackson was.

"He was a cheery, bubbly kind of kid, and everyone liked him," Dwin said.

Lindo said she did not personally know Jackson because she has only been in her new post for three weeks but said she's been told that "he was a bright student who had a promising future ahead of him."

Lindo said Jackson was interested in engineering, liked sports and was planning to try out for the varsity football team this fall.

She said most students knew Jackson because he had been attending Emeryville schools since kindergarten even though he lived in Oakland, as he was an inter-district transfer student.

"Our hearts go out to his family, and our students are really affected by this," Lindo said.

She said counselors and psychologists were on hand at the school Monday night to provide "social and emotional support" to students who are coping with Jackson's death.

The school "is a place where students can gather and be with caring adults during this difficult time," Lindo said.

Richmond Shooting Victim Dies from Injuries

The second victim of an early morning shooting in Richmond's Iron Triangle neighborhood died from his injuries Monday afternoon, Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan said.

The shooting happened at about 2:40 a.m. in the 700 block of Nevin Avenue in front of an apartment complex where one of the victims, 25-year-old Rose McFadden, lived, Richmond police Detective Nicole Abetkov said.

It appears that McFadden and 24-year-old Antoine Williams Jr. were in a car waiting for the gate to the apartment complex to open when they were shot, according to police.

Police were notified of the shooting by the city's ShotSpotter alert system and arrived to find McFadden dead on the sidewalk. Williams was found inside a car that had crashed through a gate and into a Dumpster, police said.

He was airlifted to a local trauma center, where he died Monday afternoon.

According to Abetkov, McFadden was the mother of four young children and was active in the religious community.

As of Monday afternoon, no suspects had been identified, but investigators were hoping that the shooting was caught on video by the apartment complex's surveillance system, Abetkov said.

Abetkov said there is nothing to indicate that either victim was targeted, and investigators believe they may have been chosen randomly as part of an ongoing feud between gang members in north and central Richmond.

The shooting brings the city's homicide total to 23 to far this year, compared to 21 in all of 2010, Gagan said.

Man and Granddaughter Recovering After Near-Drowning Incident

A man and his 3-year-old granddaughter are recovering after a 9-year-old boy found both of them floating in a residential pool Monday afternoon, a fire spokeswoman said.

Several people called 911 around 1 p.m. to report that two people were unconscious at an apartment complex located at 355 South Kiely Blvd., fire spokeswoman Capt. Mary Gutierrez said.

Firefighters arrived within four minutes and found both the man and child lying by the side of the pool. They were breathing but were unconscious and unresponsive, she said.

A 9-year-old boy was among 10 to 12 people who had been hanging out in the area, and he noticed two bodies floating in the pool's deep end. He dove in and pushed the little girl to the side of the pool while other residents helped pull her out. Meanwhile, a woman dove in and pushed the man to the side of the pool and had others help pull him out, Gutierrez said.

Bystanders administered compressions on both the man and the little girl until firefighters arrived.

They were transported to a hospital, where the man was still not responsive as of 3:30 p.m. The girl is recovering and was awake as of 2:30 p.m.

On Thursday, a man in his 40s nearly drowned with his 6-year-old daughter at a housing complex pool in the area of Bollinger Road and Miller Avenue, but a family friend pulled them out just in time and saved their lives.

Gutierrez said both events should serve as a lesson for residents to practice pool safety.

"If you or your child can't swim, consider (wearing) floating devices and staying in the shallow end," she advised.

San Ramon Woman Dies from Fall at Half Dome

A 26-year-old San Ramon woman died Sunday after she fell from the Half Dome cables at Yosemite National Park, according to park officials.

The park's emergency communications center received a 911 call at about noon reporting that a hiker had fallen from the cables, which allow hikers to reach the nearly 5,000-foot summit without the use of rock-climbing equipment.

National Park Rangers responded and found Hayley LaFlamme dead from the fall.

It appears that she had climbed to the top of Half Dome and was on her way down when she fell and landed about 600 feet below, according to the park service.

Park rangers are still investigating what caused her to fall but noted that there had been a severe thunderstorm for several hours that morning.

Wet weather can make for hazardous trail conditions, and the granite slopes along the cable route can become slick, according to the park service.

The last hiker to die on Half Dome was 40-year-old Manoj Kumar, also a San Ramon resident, who slipped and fell on June 13, 2009, during a rain and hail storm.

Rescuers Ask the Public for Help in Finding Lost Sea Lions

Marine mammal rescuers are asking for the public's help in spotting two sea lions that became entangled in ocean trash and eluded several attempts at capture.

The sea lions -- a juvenile weighing about 200 pounds, and an older animal weighing roughly 400 pounds -- were spotted on San Francisco's Pier 39 with strands of wire or plastic wrapped around their necks, Marine Mammal Center spokesman Jim Oswald said.

The animals were last seen last Tuesday, and while they were in good condition at the time, would-be rescuers fear that being entangled in trash will prevent the animals from foraging, leaving them vulnerable to disease and predators.

The rescuers are also concerned that the strands will cut into their skin as they grow, he said.

Oswald said they are hoping to find the sea lions on a beach, which would make it easier to capture them.

Rescuers tried to reach the animals four times while they rested on the pier, but their attempts were unsuccessful.

"Once the animals are in the water, they're in their own element," he said.

Oswald said rescuers are ready to try again -- hopefully on solid ground this time -- if the sea lions reappear.

"It's a wait-and-see game at this point," he said.

The public is asked to report any injured sea lion sightings to the Marine Mammal Center's 24-hour tip line at (415) 289-7325.

CHP Officers Tie Purple Ribbons to Antennas in Honor of Purple Ribbon Month

Purple ribbons adorning the antennas of California Highway Patrol cars this month are a reminder of the dangers of leaving a child unattended in a car, CHP officials said.

The decorations are designed to draw attention to "Purple Ribbon Month," which started Monday. August was designated by the national non-profit organization 4 R Kids Sake to raise awareness and educate the public about the dangers of leaving a child alone in a car.

The campaign also serves to remember Kaitlyn, the daughter of 4 R Kids Sake co-founder Tammy Russell who died Aug. 15, 2000.

The 6-month-old girl was left alone in a car for about two hours in Riverside County by a babysitter, according to the CHP. Her body temperature had reached 107 degrees when she arrived at the hospital, where she died of hyperthermia, according to the non-profit organization.

Because of "Kaitlyn's Law," which was enacted by the state in 2001, anyone who leaves a child 6 years or younger inside a vehicle without the supervision of someone at least 12 years old can be fined $100.

"It takes very little effort to take a child or loved one with you," CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a statement. "It is not worth it to leave them in the car, even for a few moments."

Anyone who sees a child alone in a car is asked to immediately call 911.

Big-Rig Struck by Amtrak Train near Fairfield

A big-rig was stopped on the railroad tracks when it was struck by a Coast Starlight Amtrak train at a crossing near Fairfield Monday morning, the California Highway Patrol said Monday afternoon.

Mark Eugene Manley, 51, of Galt, was driving a 2006 Peterbilt truck with a trailer on westbound Cannon Road east of Vanden Road around 8:30 a.m., CHP Officer Tony Blencowe said.

Manley stopped his truck with the trailer blocking the tracks and did not realize the Amtrak train with 290 passengers was approaching until it was very close, Blencowe said.

The train operator, 34-year-old Jeremy Edson, of Oakland, sounded the horn before the crash, Blencowe said.

Manley then put the truck in gear and tried to drive forward but the southbound train struck the trailer, Blencowe said.

Neither Manley nor the train operator were injured.

None of the passengers were injured in the collision that closed two tracks and delayed Amtrak's Capitol Corridor trains between Auburn and San Jose.

Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said one of the two tracks opened at 10:30 a.m. and the other opened an hour later. No delays were expected Monday evening, she said.

The crash damaged one of the Coast Starlight's two locomotives and the train continued on to Los Angeles with one locomotive, Graham said.

Giants Pitcher Sergio Romo Attends Event Advocating Whooping Cough Booster Shots

San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo will be in attendance at an event this morning where local students can receive whooping cough booster shots.

Students will be able to go to the San Francisco Department of Public Health from 11 a.m. to noon to receive the Tdap vaccine and get a chance to meet Romo.

Students starting grades seven through 12 in the San Francisco Unified School District will be required to receive the Tdap vaccine before attending school, which begins August 15.

According to a SFUSD press release, 40 percent of Bay Area children between the ages of 10 and 18 are reported to have the vaccine, whereas only 22 percent of SFUSD students from seventh to 12th grades have the booster on file.

Along with Romo, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the director of the San Francisco Immunization Coalition, Andrew Resignato, will be in attendance.

The school district is hosting multiple events for parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated. There will be a free vaccination day on Saturday at the French American International School on Oak Street between Gough and Franklin streets from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Students may also get their vaccination at a local pharmacy.

Suspected Burglar Arrested in San Carlos

A suspected burglar was arrested outside a house in San Carlos Monday morning, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies went to the 1700 block of Eaton Avenue after a witness reported seeing three people sitting in a maroon Ford Thunderbird parked in a residential driveway, according to the sheriff's office.

When deputies arrived, 41-year-old Edward Millan, of San Bruno, was standing in the driveway. The two other suspects and the car were no longer in the area.

An inspection of the home found that the front door, a bedroom door, and a storage cabinet had all been pried open.

A pry bar was found inside the home, according to the sheriff's office, but it had not been determined what was stolen.

Millan was arrested in connection with the burglary.

One of the other men in the Ford was described as a Hispanic man around 40 years old with long hair in a ponytail. Investigators were not able to obtain a description of the third suspect.

Anyone with information is urged to contact San Mateo County Sheriff's Detective Victor Bertolozzi at (650) 363-4057 or the sheriff's anonymous tip line at (800) 547-2700.

Rape Suspect Arrested in Gilroy

A 32-year-old Hollister man was arrested on suspicion of attempting to rape a woman after offering her a ride home from a nightclub in Gilroy early Sunday morning, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy was patrolling agricultural fields in the 600 block of state Highway 129 around 3:40 a.m. when he encountered a car parked on a darkened dirt road leading to a strawberry field, sheriff's officials said.

When he approached the occupants inside the vehicle, a female passenger appeared "hysterical" and told the deputy that the driver of the vehicle had just tried to rape her, according to the sheriff's office.

She explained that the man had offered her a ride from a nightclub in Gilroy and she had accepted, but that on the way to her home, he pulled over next to the strawberry field and attempted to sexually assault her, according to the sheriff's office.

He stopped when he saw the deputy's patrol vehicle.

The man was identified as Bruno Munguia. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on suspicion of assault with the intent to commit rape.

 

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Weather Forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area

Sunshine is expected in the San Francisco Bay Area today after cloudy skies and patchy fog clear this morning.

Highs in the 50s to upper 60s are expected. Partly cloudy skies tonight are expected to become cloudy, with patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s are expected.

Wednesday is expected to be cloudy with fog in the morning, before becoming sunny. Highs expected to be in the 50s to upper 60s.

 

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Portion of McAllister Street Will Soon Have 2-Way Traffic

San Francisco's McAllister Street will soon have two-way traffic on a portion of the street near Market Street to provide quicker bus service in the area, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency officials announced today.

Starting Thursday, a part of McAllister Street between Hyde and Market streets will be converted to two-way traffic after previously only allowing westbound traffic.

The new configuration will allow Muni buses, bicycles and taxis to travel east on McAllister Street all the way to Market Street, where they can either turn left or right. All eastbound traffic previously had to turn right at Hyde Street.

The change, which involves repainting the road and installing new overhead wires above the street, will save up to three minutes per trip for riders of the 5-Fulton bus line, saving Muni more than $200,000 per year in operating expenses, spokesman Paul Rose said.

"The more efficient and faster we make Muni, the more we can save on operating costs," Rose said.

As part of the reconfiguration, commercial vehicles such as tour buses and big-rigs traveling east on McAllister Street will also be able to continue east before having to turn right on Charles J. Brenham Place, an extension of Seventh Street between Market and McAllister streets.

All other eastbound traffic will still have to turn right on Hyde Street.

Traffic headed north on Charles J. Brenham Place will be able to turn right onto eastbound McAllister Street as well access the block between Charles J. Brenham Place and Jones Street.

Rose said the change was made as the result of the agency's search for potential cost savings and increased efficiencies in the city's traffic network.

Although the change will go into effect for drivers on Thursday, the change to the 5-Fulton bus route will take effect at an undetermined date later this month after the new overhead wires are tested, Rose said.

 

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South Bay Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Investors of $1.2M

A South Bay man is due to be sentenced in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Dec. 15 to five years in prison for defrauding investors in two failed real estate projects of $1.2 million.

Gary Lynn Mountain, 61, pleaded no contest before Superior Court Judge Philip Pennypacker in San Jose on July 25 to five felony counts, including securities fraud for failing to tell investors material facts and grand theft of the funds entrusted to him.

Deputy District Attorney David Ezgar said Mountain admitted during the plea to taking $1.2 million from 16 Bay Area investors for two projects in Coos Bay, Ore., in 2005 and 2006 and causing the investors to incur a "total loss" of that amount.

The plea agreement calls for Mountain to be sentenced by Pennypacker on Dec. 15 to five years in prison, Ezgar said.

Mountain has been in custody since he was arrested in Costa Rica and transferred to the United States in September 2009, Ezgar said.

The prosecutor said Mountain formerly lived in Cupertino and San Jose at various times but went to Costa Rica after learning that the investors had notified authorities about his activities.

The investors included employees of Mountain's mortgage company, California Star Properties Inc. of San Jose; clients; and fellow members of his church, Bethel Church of San Jose, Ezgar said.

The two projects were the renovation and expansion of a commercial building, for which Mountain took $950,000 from investors, and the conversion of a former hospital to luxury condominiums, for which he took $250,000, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.

Ezgar said the commercial building turned out to be "beyond repair" and was demolished by Coos Bay officials in 2010. Mountain failed to tell investors that both a private architect and a city building inspector told him in 2005 that the structure was substandard and unsafe, Ezgar said.

"The investors were kept in the dark regarding the fair market value of the property and the condition of it," Ezgar said.

"This is not a case of the real estate market dropping. It's a case of a building being unsafe and beyond repair and not telling investors about it," he said.

In the case of the condominium project, Mountain failed to tell investors he had a final balloon payment due on a $650,000 building loan within a year, Ezgar said. Mountain defaulted on the loan in 2007.

Ezgar alleged Mountain embezzled the money he received and said he is not aware of any plans for investors to get their money back.

"He's depleted the funds," Ezgar said.

The five charges to which Mountain pleaded no contest were two counts of securities fraud for making untrue statements to investors and failing to tell them material facts, one count of grand theft and two counts of offering unregistered securities for sale.

Mountain's defense attorney, Anupam Sharma, of Redwood Shores, was out of town on vacation today and was not available for comment.

 

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Giants' Romo to Attend SFUSD Vaccine Day

San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo will be in attendance at an event Tuesday where local students can receive whooping cough booster shots.

Students will be able to go to the San Francisco Department of Public Health from 11 a.m. to noon to receive the Tdap vaccine and get a chance to meet Romo.

Students starting grades seven through 12 in the San Francisco Unified School District will be required to receive the Tdap vaccine before attending school, which begins August 15.

According to a SFUSD press release, 40 percent of Bay Area children between the ages of 10 and 18 are reported to have the vaccine, whereas only 22 percent of SFUSD students from seventh to 12th grades have the booster on file.

Along with Romo, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the director of the San Francisco Immunization Coalition, Andrew Resignato, will be in attendance.

The school district is hosting multiple events for parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated. There will be a free vaccination day on Saturday at the French American International School on Oak Street between Gough and Franklin streets from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Students may also get their vaccination at a local pharmacy.

 

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Police Seek Suspect Who Lit Garage Door on Fire Friday Evening

San Francisco police are investigating a case of suspected arson after a suspect was seen lighting a garage door on fire Friday evening.

The arson was reported at about 6:10 p.m. Friday in the 3000 block of 23rd Avenue in the city's Merced Manor neighborhood, according to police.

A man told officers that he saw a suspect place papers against the garage door, pour liquid on the papers, and light them on fire, police said.

The man ran downstairs and tried to stop the suspect, who ran away. Firefighters responded and put out the fire before serious damage was done, according to police.

The suspect, who has not been found, is only described as wearing a dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt, police said.

Anyone with information about the arson is encouraged to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

 

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Rescuers Ask Public to Help Find Sea Lions Entangled in Trash

Marine mammal rescuers are asking for the public's help in spotting two sea lions that became entangled in ocean trash and eluded several attempts at capture.

The sea lions -- a juvenile weighing about 200 pounds, and an older animal weighing roughly 400 pounds -- were spotted on San Francisco's Pier 39 with strands of wire or plastic wrapped around their necks, Marine Mammal Center spokesman Jim Oswald said.

The animals were last seen on Tuesday, and while they were in good condition at the time, would-be rescuers fear that being entangled in trash will prevent the animals from foraging, leaving them vulnerable to disease and predators.

The rescuers are also concerned that the strands will cut into their skin as they grow, he said.

Oswald said they are hoping to find the sea lions on a beach, which would make it easier to capture them.

Rescuers tried to reach the animals four times while they rested on the pier, but their attempts were unsuccessful.

"Once the animals are in the water, they're in their own element," he said.

Oswald said rescuers are ready to try again -- hopefully on solid ground this time -- if the sea lions reappear.

"It's a wait-and-see game at this point," he said.

The public is asked to report any injured sea lion sightings to the Marine Mammal Center's 24-hour tip line at (415) 289-7325.

 

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Library Hosts Literacy Speed Dating for Baby Boomers

The San Francisco Public Library invites anyone who loves books and is seeking a soulmate to give literary speed dating a try.

The event is being offered for the second time this month. This time around, it is targeting the baby boomer generation, but it is open to all ages.

The first installment was held in February and attracted more than 40 people between the ages of 22 and 40.

There were events for both the LGBT and straight communities. "That went really well," said Joan Jasper, a curator of public programs at the library. "We don't know if there are any marriages, but both were very popular."

The next round of literary speed dating will be held on Tuesday for the LGBT community and on Aug. 9 for the straight community at the Latino Hispanic Community Meeting Room B, at 100 Larkin St.

Both nights, the event will begin at 5:45 p.m. and end at 7:45 p.m.

In that time, 36 participants will be given a number they will use as identification and then be anonymously paired up with a potential love interest. They will be given four to five minutes to discuss a book they either love, hate or are mystified by with their partner.

Each participant then notes whether they are interested in the person they were matched up with before moving on to the next potential love connection.

Pre-registration is required due to space limitations. To sign up, those interested can contact jjasper@sfpl.org or call (415) 557-4277. Space is still available for men and women for the LGBT event and for men for the straight event.

 

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Woman Delivering Chinese Food Robbed at Gunpoint in Ingleside

A woman delivering Chinese food was robbed at gunpoint in San Francisco's Ingleside District on Saturday night, police said.

The 34-year-old victim was delivering food in the 500 block of Orizaba Avenue at about 9:10 p.m. when a suspect approached and pulled out a handgun, according to police.

The woman was scared and dropped the food, and two other suspects ran up and took it. The three suspects then fled with the food, police said. The woman was not injured in the robbery.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

 

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Teen Shot in Back in Bayview

  A teenager was shot in the back in San Francisco's Bayview
District on Saturday night but is expected to survive, police said.
    Officers responded to a report of five or six shots fired near the
intersection of Third Street and Newcomb Avenue at 10:07 p.m.
    Police arrived to find the 18-year-old victim, who had been shot
once. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and is expected to
survive, according to police.
    No arrests have been made in the case.
    Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call
the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by
text message to TIP411.
    

Man Shot While Sitting in Car Early This Morning

A man was shot while he was sitting in his car in San Francisco's Bayview District early this morning, police said.

The shooting was reported at about 3:55 a.m. near the intersection of Shafter Avenue and Jennings Street.

The 38-year-old victim was sitting in the car when a female fired a shotgun through the passenger door of the vehicle, according to police.

The bullet struck the man in the upper lip, and he was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are not considered life-threatening, police said.

The suspect has not been found as of this morning. Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Monday Morning News Roundup

Three People Killed in Oakland Shootings

Three people were killed in Oakland late Saturday night and early Sunday morning in separate shootings, police said.

A driver transporting a gunshot victim in their own car flagged down a medical emergency vehicle near the corner of 30th Street and Telegraph Avenue at 3:07 a.m. Sunday morning, police said.

The victim, a 26-year-old African American woman, was taken to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center but died from her injuries. Investigators are interviewing witnesses to the incident.

A short time later, at 3:20 a.m. officers responded to reports of multiple gunshots in the area of 87th Avenue and G Street.  Officials at Highland Hospital reported to police that a 21-year-old African American man had died from gunshot wounds, and police were able to determine that he had been shot at that location.

The two Sunday morning shootings followed one that occurred late Saturday night, at around 11:55 p.m., in which a male teenager was killed on the 9300 block of Sunnyside Street.

Police discovered the 16-year-old African American suffering from multiple gunshot wounds at the scene.

He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he underwent surgery, and later died, police said.

Police are currently investigating all three homicides, and no arrests have been made.

Mountain Lion Found in Burlingame Golf Course

A mountain lion was seen walking the links on a golf course in unincorporated Burlingame Sunday morning, San Mateo County officials said.

The big cat was spotted at about 4:25 a.m. walking across Crystal Springs Golf Course, which borders the San Francisco State Fish and Game Wildlife Refuge west of Skyline Boulevard, officials said.

Golfers and hikers alike should never approach a mountain lion, especially those that appear to be feeding or accompanied by offspring.

Game officials warn residents to never run from a cougar but to face it, make lots of noise, and try to appear bigger by waving arms.

Always keep a close eye on children and pick them up immediately if an encounter with a mountain lion occurs.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Featured on Discovery Channel's Shark Week

The Monterey Bay Aquarium was featured on "Great White Invasion" Sunday night, a television show that features the aquarium's efforts to tag and track juvenile great white sharks off the southern California coast.

"Great White Invasion" aired at 9 p.m. on the Discovery Channel, launching its annual Shark Week -- seven days of programs featuring the fish. 

The program highlighted the Monterey Bay Aquarium, along with its research partners, who have tagged 43 young great white sharks in southern California since 2002. It also documents how the sharks use waters in the area and in Mexico's Baja California during a critical phase in their lives, aquarium officials said.

The research team will begin its 10th California field season in August, tagging young sharks and potentially bringing one to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for exhibit, according to the aquarium.

San Francisco Marathon Winner to Try Out for 2012 Olympics

The man who broke the course record during last year's San Francisco Marathon returned Sunday to win the half marathon, and he said he plans to try out for the 2012 Olympics in January.

"I had a great experience last year, I'm glad to be back," Stanford University graduate student Keith Bechtol said.  Bechtol won his first-ever marathon in San Francisco last year, and ran four others in California, Chicago and Minnesota.

"This is the start of my training cycle, so it's a good checkpoint," Bechtol said Sunday. "I wasn't expecting to run so well today."

According to unofficial results, Bechtol finished the 13.1-mile race with a time of one hour, five minutes and 19 seconds, only 17 seconds
shy of the course record.

More than 25,000 competitors ran the challenging course, which started near the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero, followed the coastline into the Presidio, over the Golden Gate Bridge and back, through the western side of the city and finishing back at the Ferry Building.

The winner of the full marathon, Michael Wardian, a 37-year-old endurance athlete from Virginia, ran the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon only three weeks ago.  According to unofficial results in Sunday's marathon, he finished in two hours, 27 minutes and six seconds, despite struggling with stomach flu last night, event organizers said. 

As of 12 p.m. no serious injuries had been reported among the runners or the estimated 100,000 spectators gathered along the route, marathon spokeswoman Kelli Wynne said.

Vacaville Man Shot in Apartment Complex Parking Lot

A Vacaville man was shot to death in the parking lot of an apartment complex Saturday night, police said.

Police were called to the apartment complex at 1501 Alamo Drive at 9:17 p.m., when numerous callers reported hearing gunshots.

The victim, later identified as Quinten Nears, 20, of Vacaville, was found in the parking lot with multiple gun shot wounds to his upper body. Police and fire personnel began CPR and attempted to revive Nears, but he was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene.

A suspect, described as a white or Hispanic male in his early 20s, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium build, was seen fleeing the scene on foot. A search of the area involving police dogs and helicopters failed to locate him.

Detectives are investigating whether the shooting was gang related.

This is the second homicide in Vacaville this year.

Two Home Burlaries and Multiple Car Burglaries in Belmont

Two homes were burglarized in Belmont on Saturday morning by thieves targeting unlocked cars, continuing a string of burglaries in the Peninsula city, police said.

In the first incident, a resident in the 1900 block of Hillman Avenue was awoken around 1:30 a.m. by the sound of a garage door opening. The resident discovered that someone had entered the unlocked car that was parked in the driveway, and used the garage door opener to enter the garage. A silver mountain bike was taken from the garage before the suspect fled, Belmont police said.

A short time later, around 2 a.m., a resident in the 1700 block of Pine Knoll Drive heard their dogs barking, but did not check on them.

At around 7:30 a.m., the victim discovered that someone had entered both the unlocked car in the driveway and their home. The suspect took coins from the vehicle, and a wallet and keys off the table in the family room and ran out the back door.

The wallet was found outside, missing an undetermined amount of cash, but the keys, which belonged to a friend of the resident, were not found.

Several unlocked vehicles were also burglarized overnight on Notre Dame Avenue, Hillman Avenue and Folger Drive.

The residential burglaries bring the total number of such incidents since last Monday up to nine, and police are asking homeowners to be on guard.

The prior burglaries occurred between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. in a central area of Belmont - mostly west of El Camino Real and east of Alameda de las Pulgas. No residents were at home during the burglaries, according to police.

Police are searching for two persons of interest who were seen in the 1800 block of Oak Knoll Drive on Thursday, near the scene of two of the burglaries.

The first was described as a white man, between 25 and 30 years old, with a thin build and short blonde hair. Police said the man approached a resident and asked if they had a dog for sale. The resident told the man he had the wrong address and the man left. No vehicle was seen.

The second person of interest was described as a black man between 20 and 30 years old, with a medium build. He was seen knocking on doors in the area and was associated with a gray BMW sedan.

Cars Vandalized in Santa Cruz Friday Night

About fifty vehicles in Santa Cruz were vandalized between late Friday night and early Saturday morning, police said.

Many car owners in the western area of the city discovered their tires had been slashed, and at least six had hate symbols painted on them.

Police said most of the vehicles were in the area around Almar Avenue, and they believe the crimes were committed between 11 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday.

Investigators collected evidence at the crime scenes Saturday but currently have no suspects. Because the vandals painted hate symbols, the perpetrators may be charged with a hate crime in addition to felony vandalism.

South San Francisco Burglaries Prevented

South San Francisco police arrested two suspects who were lurking around a restaurant parking lot equipped with burglary tools Friday night.

After a string of recent vehicle burglaries, officers were conducting surveillance in the parking lot of the Hungry Hunter restaurant, located at 180 South Airport Blvd., around 10 p.m., police said.

Officers approached Valentino Evangelista, 38, of San Francisco, and Steven Shaffer, 27, of Daly City, as they were looking into the window of a parked car in the lot.

Police found a tool commonly used for breaking into vehicles near the suspects.

Evangelista and Shaffer were arrested on suspicion of possessing burglary tools and attempting to commit a crime. Both were booked at the San Mateo County Jail.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

Sunshine is expected in the San Francisco Bay Area today after cloudy skies clear this morning. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are anticipated. Southwest winds around 10 mph are predicted, increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Clear skies this evening will become mostly cloudy and foggy later tonight. Lows in the lower 50s are expected, with southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Tuesday is expected to be sunny after clouds and patches of fog clear in the morning. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph and highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are predicted.

 

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GLBT History Museum Unveils Exhibit Celebrating Oldest LGBT Democratic Club

An exhibit celebrating the oldest LGBT democratic club in the nation and its 40th anniversary will be unveiled at the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco this evening.

"40 Years Together, 40 Years Strong" honors the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, the first registered LGBT democratic organization. The Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club of San Francisco, established in 1971, was named after the partner of famous writer and poet Gertrude Stein.

The name "Alice B. Toklas" was chosen to protect the confidentiality of its members, organization officials said. People who described themselves as "members of Alice" were similar to those who called themselves "friends of Dorothy," meaning that only gay people would know the club referred to other gay people, according to the organization.

The GLBT History Museum exhibit features a listening station where visitors can hear the first gay rights speech spoken at the Democratic National Convention delivered by club president Jim Foster in 1972.

Historic political mailers, newsletters and awards dinner programs spanning the last four decades will be presented in the exhibit. An original collage by artist Peter Villapudua using reprinted organization newsletters, photos and other documents will also be showcased.

"40 Years Together, 40 Years Strong" will run at the GLBT History Museum, located at 4127 18th St. in San Francisco, through August. Tonight's opening ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.

 

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Marathon Winners to Compete in Olympic Trials

The man who broke the course record during last year's San Francisco Marathon returned today to win the half marathon, and plans to try out for the Olympics in January.

"I had a great experience last year, I'm glad to be back," said Keith Bechtol, a graduate student at Stanford University.  Bechtol won his first-ever marathon in San Francisco last year, but ran four others in California, Chicago and Minnesota.

"This is the start of my training cycle, so it's a good checkpoint," Bechtol said.  "I wasn't expecting to run so well today."

According to unofficial results, Bechtol finished the 13.1-mile race with a time of one hour, five minutes and 19 seconds, only 17 seconds longer than the course record.

More than 25,000 runners ran the challenging course, which started near the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero, followed the Bay into the Presidio, over the Golden Gate Bridge and back, and through the western side of the city back to the Ferry Building.

The winner of the full marathon, Michael Wardian, a 37-year-old endurance athlete from Virginia, finished third in the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon only three weeks ago.

According to unofficial results, he finished today's marathon in two hours, 27 minutes and six seconds, despite struggling with stomach flu last night.

"It was nice to be able to hold in there and pull through the win, but it wasn't as fast as I ran last year," Wardian said.

Wardian has a full slate of races coming up, including representing the U.S. at the International Association of Ultra Runners 100K World Championship race in the Netherlands, the North Face Endurance Challenge in Kansas City, and the New York City Marathon.  He said he races about 50 times a year.

Wardian is a semi-professional athlete with sponsorships from North Face, Power Bar and Marathonguide.com. He also holds a full-time job as an international shipbroker and has two young children, ages two and five.

This year's winner plans to run in January's Olympic trials in Houston with Bechtol, who narrowly beat Wardian in last year's San Francisco Marathon.

"I was very impressed by how he ran," Wardian said.

Not everyone who participated in today's race intends to be an Olympic competitor. Many were running to meet personal goals, get some exercise and enjoy the sights of San Francisco.

Matt Brennan ran today's half marathon to celebrate his 23rd birthday.  Brennan recently graduated from Georgetown University and is in San Francisco as a volunteer with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.  He ran his first marathon in Oakland in March.

"I didn't want to kill myself so I went down to the half," he said.

His friend and volunteer colleague Marin Riley ran her first marathon today.

"I was really happy I broke the four-hour mark," she said.  She said the highlight was running over the Golden Gate Bridge. 

"That was an absolutely spectacular experience," she said.

Stu Matthews, a 27-year-old Systems Administrator from San Francisco also ran his first marathon today in four hours and seven minutes. He said he enjoyed the experience and will likely run another marathon next year.

But after enduring today's 26-mile race, Matthews said he is "extremely sore and needing a sandwich."

The race attracted runners from throughout California, the United States, and countries like Switzerland, Mexico and the Virgin Islands.

Approaching the finish line, participants passed under the Bay Bridge and were greeted by spectators lining the road, cheering the arriving runners for hours.

Some runners were smiling and jubilant, others red-faced and panting as they crossed the finish line, where volunteers offered them blankets, water, fruit and pastries before they rejoined the crowd to greet friends and family.

A stage with a bicycle-powered sound system was provided by the Berkeley-based organization Rock the Bike, with Latin-style music performed by Oakland group LoCura.

The second Munchkin Kids Run was also held today for 2-11 year-old children. Eight-time Olympic gold medal winning speed skater Apolo Ohno joined the kids on their mile-long run, after he had already run the 5K route twice, organizers said.

As of 2:00 p.m. no serious injuries had been reported among the runners or the estimated 100,000 spectators, said marathon spokeswoman Kelli Wynne. 

 

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SF Marathon Record-Setter Returns to Win Half Marathon

The man who broke the course record during last year's San Francisco Marathon returned today to win the half marathon, and he said he plans to try out for the 2012 Olympics in January.

"I had a great experience last year, I'm glad to be back," Stanford University graduate student Keith Bechtol said.  Bechtol won his first-ever marathon in San Francisco last year, and ran four others in California, Chicago and Minnesota.

"This is the start of my training cycle, so it's a good checkpoint," Bechtol said. "I wasn't expecting to run so well today."

According to unofficial results, Bechtol finished the 13.1-mile race with a time of one hour, five minutes and 19 seconds, only 17 seconds shy of the course record.

More than 25,000 competitors ran the challenging course, which started near the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero, followed the coastline into the Presidio, over the Golden Gate Bridge and back, through the western side of the city and finishing back at the Ferry Building.

The winner of the full marathon, Michael Wardian, a 37-year-old endurance athlete from Virginia, ran the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon only three weeks ago.  According to unofficial results in today's marathon, he finished in two hours, 27 minutes and six seconds, despite struggling with a stomach flu last night, event organizers said.

As of 12:00 p.m. no serious injuries had been reported among the runners or the estimated 100,000 spectators gathered along the route, marathon spokeswoman Kelli Wynne said.

 

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Bay Area Sunday News Roundup

Tank Containing Chemical Leaks at Water Treatment Plant in St. Helena

A tank containing a chemical used as a disinfectant leaked at a water treatment plant in St. Helena Saturday, spilling around 11,000 gallons, Napa county fire officials said.

The 6.5 percent sodium hypochlorite was leaking at a rate of 5 gallons a minute from its containment area Saturday afternoon, according to Cal Fire Capt. Tom Knecht.

The leak, which was reported around 4:20 p.m., was contained and water treatment personnel pumped the chemical into portable storage tanks.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the spill and no evacuations, and there was no threat to structures in the area.

CHP, Caltrans Work to Reduce Speeds on Bay Bridge

The California Highway Patrol and Caltrans are working together to reduce speeds on the Bay Bridge as the structure continues to undergo seismic retrofits, bridge officials said Saturday.

Sensors built into the bridge have determined that westbound motorists typically drive about 10 mph over the speed limit during off-peak hours, according to bridge officials.

The CHP has therefore been increasing patrols on the span.

Officials said two temporary detours on the structure, which are products of the retrofit work, have made it especially important for motorists to obey speed limits on the bridge.

Another detour is scheduled to be put in place in early 2012. Increased CHP patrols will continue throughout August, officials said. 

Construction Crews Closing Westbound Lanes of Highway 4 in Pittsburg and Antioch Monday Night

Construction crews will be closing all westbound lanes of state Highway 4 in Pittsburg and Antioch on Monday night, according to Caltrans.

The closure is scheduled as part of Caltrans and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority's project to widen Highway 4 through the area.

Westbound lanes of the highway will be closed from 10 p.m. Monday to 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Drivers will be detoured off the highway at the Somersville Road/Auto Center Drive exit in Antioch, where they will be directed to take a left onto Somersville Road. Somersville Road becomes Auto Center Drive.

Drivers will then take a left onto 10th Street, a left onto Loveridge Road, a right onto California Avenue and a left back onto westbound Highway 4 in Pittsburg.

Drivers should expect delays and are urged to drive carefully, Caltrans officials said.

A similar closure conducted Wednesday went smoothly and didn't cause any major problems, said Jake Jones, an assistant public information officer for the project.

East Oakland Library to Stay Open Late as Safe Youth Alternative

An East Oakland library will stay open late in August as part of the city's campaign to provide youth with safe alternative places to spend their weekend nights.

The 81st Avenue East Oakland Community Library has joined city officials and the Oakland Unified School District for their "Late Night Live!" initiative, which aims to provide city youth with a safe haven on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The program came about in April after the Oakland Unified School District police Chief Pete Sarna presented data to city department heads showing most student-related homicides and shootings occurred late on Friday and Saturday nights.

In response, the city and school district leaders, along with community groups and sponsors, established Late Night Live!, which will give students in East and West Oakland places to go and offer programs that include athletics, cooking classes, digital arts classes and a talent search, according to the mayor's office.

In one late night program, budding musicians will be able to participate in an eight-week talent search hosted by Grammy in the Schools and Youth Movement Records. Students will learn about the music industry as they compete in the talent search. The winner of the contest will perform at the 2011 Art & Soul Oakland festival on August 21 and 22.

The East Oakland branch library, located at 1021 81st Ave., has joined the youth safety initiative and will remain open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, as opposed to its normal closing time of 5:30 p.m., library officials said.

The extended hours will be in effect through August 27, except for August 13, when the library will be closed due to citywide budget cuts.

Five Penguin Chicks Return to San Francisco Zoo

Five penguin chicks graduated from "fish school" and returned to the San Francisco Zoo's Penguin Island Saturday morning for a graduation march -- or waddle.

The Magellanic penguins were hatched on Penguin Island in mid-May. They were removed from the exhibition area when they were about five-weeks old to attend "fish school" at the Avian Conservation Center, zoo officials said.

While at the school, the one female and four male chicks learned to swim and were hand-fed fish by animal-keepers to help them acclimate to people.

The graduates rejoined the zoo's other penguins, bringing the total number up to 49 -- the largest group of Magellanic penguins in North America, according to the zoo.

Four People Shot in Three Separate Incidents in Oakland

At least four people, including one male juvenile, were shot in three separate incidents Friday night and early Saturday morning, an Oakland police officer said.

A victim who was shot in the foot walked up to a DUI checkpoint at 34th Street and San Pablo Avenue to get assistance at 8:48 p.m., said Officer Kevin McDonald.

Another shooting was reported at 9:17 p.m. in the 1200 block of E. 15th St. A male juvenile was found with a gunshot wound and hospitalized.

Just before 2 a.m. police responded to a shooting in the 6500 block of Fenham St. where two gunshot victims were found, McDonald said.

Police did not have suspects in custody for the shootings or know the extent of victims' injuries.

Nine Drivers Arrested in Santa Rosa DUI, drivers license check on Friday

Nine drivers were arrested during a Santa Rosa DUI and drivers license check on Friday, Santa Rosa police said.

One person was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence, while other drivers were arrested for various violations, including having an outstanding warrant and driving without a license or with a suspended license, according to police.

The checkpoint was held at Fourth Street at Farmers Lane with 1,269 vehicles passing through, police said.

Friday's check was the ninth of the year, with more planned by the end of 2011, according to police.

Police said the goal of the checkpoint was to bring awareness to drivers about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Three Petaluma Men Arrested on Suspicion of Vandalizing Elementary School

Three Petaluma men were arrested Saturday morning on suspicion of vandalizing an elementary school after police allegedly saw one of them crash through a skylight, police said.

The suspects, Sean Norquist-Pocekay, 22, Jacob Robinson, 18, and Francis Filice, 22, all of Petaluma, were discovered at about 4 a.m. at Grant Elementary School, 200 Grant St., police said.

Officers responding to a possible vandalism in progress allegedly heard the suspects breaking items on the roof of the school, police said.

As the officers approached the school, Filice fell about 15 feet through a six-by-six-foot skylight and landed on the ground in the center quad area, police said.

He suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Norquist-Pocekay and Robinson were removed from the roof and taken into custody, police said.

They were booked in county jail, and bail was set at $5,000.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

The Bay Area is expected to be cloudy and foggy this morning, before becoming partly cloudy later today. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are likely, with southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Mostly clear skies are expected this evening, before becoming cloudy and foggy later tonight. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph are anticipated and lows are expected to be in the mid 50s.

Monday is expected to be mostly cloudy in the morning, before becoming sunny later in the day. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are anticipated, with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

San Francisco Marathon Runners Swiftly Tour City this Morning

A tour de force will take San Francisco this morning as 25,000 racers traverse the city in the 34th running of the San Francisco Marathon.

More than 100,000 spectators are expected to cheer on the runners, who will compete in waves beginning at 5:30 a.m., event organizers said.

The loop course starts and finishes on The Embarcadero, taking participants through Fisherman's Wharf, the Marina district, across the Golden Gate Bridge and back, through the Presidio and into Golden Gate Park.

From the park, racers will dash down Haight Street and through the Mission, Potrero Hill and Mission Bay neighborhoods. After passing behind AT&T Park, competitors will enter the home stretch, racing underneath the Bay Bridge to the finish line near the Ferry Building.

The marathon, which was rated as the 13th largest marathon in the nation last year, also features several shorter pursuits, including a half-marathon, a 5K race, and the second annual Munchkin Kids Run, organizers said.

This year's races have drawn celebrities who are running to raise money for various charities like television star Sophia Bush, Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle and Olympic Gold Medallist Apolo Ohno.

Past contenders are also expected to lace up their running shoes again. Keith Bechtol, the winner of 2010's San Francisco Marathon, will be running this year's half-marathon. Three-time marathon winner Andrew Cook hopes to regain the course record he last set in 2007, organizers said.

Motorists traveling across the Golden Gate Bridge are advised to expect road closures and delays due to the marathon. To accommodate the race, three lanes of the bridge - two northbound lanes and a buffer lane - will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Two southbound lanes and one northbound lane will be open to traffic. By 10 a.m., the bridge is expected to return to its normal Sunday morning pattern of three lanes in each direction.

Streets along the marathon route will also experience road closures this morning. The marathon will affect Golden Gate Transit at the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Railway and bus service. Muni and transit riders are advised to visit www.sfmta.com or www.transit.511.org to plan accordingly.

Weather Forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area

The Bay Area is expected to be cloudy and foggy this morning, before becoming partly cloudy later today. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are likely, with southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Mostly clear skies are expected this evening, before becoming cloudy and foggy later tonight. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph are anticipated and lows are expected to be in the mid 50s.

Monday is expected to be mostly cloudy in the morning, before becoming sunny later in the day. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are anticipated, with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

South San Francisco: Police Arrest Two Suspected Burglars in Restaurant Parking Lot

South San Francisco police arrested two suspects who were lurking around a restaurant parking lot equipped with burglary tools Friday night.

After a string of recent vehicle burglaries, officers were conducting surveillance in the parking lot of the Hungry Hunter restaurant, located at 180 South Airport Blvd., around 10 p.m., police said.

Officers approached Valentino Evangelista, 38, of San Francisco, and Steven Shaffer, 27, of Daly City, as they were looking into the window of a parked car in the lot.

Police found a tool commonly used for breaking into vehicles near the suspects.

Evangelista and Shaffer were arrested on suspicion of possessing burglary tools and attempting to commit a crime. Both were booked at the San Mateo County Jail.

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