Two Teens Arrested in Shooting of 11-Year-Old Girl
Police have arrested two teens in connection with a shooting in San Francisco's Western Addition neighborhood Friday night that left an 11-year-old girl with life-threatening injuries, a police spokesman said.
The girl was hit in the chest when shots fired at about 11:15 p.m. in the 1100 block of Laguna Street penetrated the walls of her apartment building, police said.
It appears a group of teenaged men had been arguing outside, and one began shooting, Officer Albie Esparza said.
Three 18- and 19-year-old men were detained, and two were eventually arrested, Esparza said. The third was released.
Esparza did not know what the argument was about, but he said the shooting is being investigated as gang related.
The girl, who was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, was still in life-threatening condition as of about noon Saturday, Esparza said.
Double Stabbing in San Francisco's Richmond District
Officers responded to a double stabbing incident in San Francisco's Richmond District Friday night, police said.
A verbal argument turned into a physical fight and a suspect stabbed two victims in the 400 block of Clement Street shortly before 9 p.m., according to police.
Both victims are at San Francisco General hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Good Samaritans chased and tackled the suspect, who was taken into custody by police. The weapon was also recovered, according to police.
The suspect suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.
Two Arrested in Fairfiled Robbery
Two men who were arrested Saturday after a Fairfield convenience store clerk was held up at gunpoint have been linked to a previous robbery and a carjacking as well, according to police.
The clerk told police that two black males entered the store on the 1200 block of Tabor Avenue around 2:30 a.m., one carrying a rifle which he pointed at the clerk's head, police said. The other suspect grabbed lottery tickets, cigarettes and cash from behind the counter before fleeing south with the gunman.
Officers checking the area located suspects matching the descriptions from the robbery near an apartment on the 1900 block fo Pennsylvania Avenue.
The suspects were detained when they emerged from the apartment and property from the robbery and clothing worn during the robbery were found inside the apartment. The rifle has not been located.
The clerk identified the suspects as not only being the robbers in Saturday's incident, but also in a July 16 robbery at the same store.
Adrian Brown, a 19-year-old Fairfield resident, and Joseph Hill, an 18-year-old Fairfield resident, were both booked into Solano County Jail on multiple counts of robbery and conspiracy.
During the investigation, Brown was also identified as a suspect in a July 15 carjacking attempt. The victim in that incident was able to keep his vehicle but the suspect fired a single round at the rear-drive side of the car.
The victim, who was not injured, has identified Brown as the suspect. Brown now faces additional charges of attempted murder and attempted carjacking.
Two People Shot in Oakley, One Fatal
Two people were shot Saturday night in Oakley, one fatally, according to police.
Police said they received a report of shots fired around 7 p.m. in the area of O'Hara Avenue and Laurel Road.
One man was found shot inside a vehicle, and declared dead at the scene. A second man was found nearby with gunshot wounds and airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
A possible suspect vehicle was stopped near the scene, and one person is being questioned by police. Police are searching for additional suspects.
DNA Links Man to 1983 Murder
A man already charged with one decades-old rape and murder now faces new charges after DNA evidence linked him to a second murder, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said Friday.
Christopher Melvin Holland was charged Friday with the 1983 murder of Tera Marowski, a 21-year-old San Jose resident. Marowski went missing in late March of that year and was found dead in the back seat of her car on April 2 in unincorporated San Jose.
Holland was linked to the murder through DNA evidence after the case was reopened recently by the Sheriff's Office's cold case unit.
Holland already faces murder charges in a killing that took place only four months after Marowski's death. Cynthia Munoz, 17, was found dead in her bedroom in Campbell on Aug. 7, 1983, raped, strangled and suffering from stab wounds.
Holland and a friend were regular visitors to the home. DNA evidence led to charges being filed against Holland in that murder in 2007.
Investigators obtained the DNA evidence in that case in part by taking samples from Holland's brother, David Leonard Holland.
Ironically, David Holland's DNA sample in turn linked him to a 2001 rape of an 81-year-old woman in her San Jose home. He was arrested and charged with that crime in 2007.
Investigators said they analyzed the brothers' Y chromosomes because the chromosomes are almost always the same among men who have the same father.
BART Releases Second Video of Shooting
BART released a second video from security cameras operating during a July 3 officer-involved shooting late Friday, but said it held no "evidentiary value."
The video, taken from a camera at the Civic Center/UN Plaza BART station, shows an area approximately 600 feet away from the fatal shooting of Charles Hill, 45, and on the opposite platform. No sign of the shooting can be seen in the footage.
BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey released the tape Friday after initially saying there was no other video available from the shooting.
"I was misinformed," Rainey said. "In the interest of transparency, I'm ordering the immediate release of the video, which the public can view on BARTtv."
Rainey said the video was turned over to the San Francisco Police Department immediately after the shooting. BART's independent auditor also has a copy.
A video from another security camera released on Thursday does not show Hill, as it shows only part of the platform, but it shows what police say is a bottle and a knife being thrown at the officers.
The two officers were called to the station around 9:45 p.m. on July 3 after BART received reports that Hill was carrying an open bottle of alcohol and was wobbling on the platform.
Hill was shot three times, allegedly after throwing a knife and bottle at the officers. A second knife was also found on the platform and BART police believe Hill was armed with that knife as well, Rainey said.
Investigations into the incident are being conducted by the San Francisco Police, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, the BART Police Department's internal affairs unit and BART Independent Police Auditor Mark Smith.
San Francisco Attorney Elected President of State Bar of California
San Francisco attorney Jon Streeter was elected the new president of the State Bar of California Friday.
Streeter, 54, is a partner in the law firm of Keker and Van Nest and specializes in business litigation.
He was elected by the bar's Board of Governors at a meeting at the organization's headquarters in San Francisco and will begin his one-year term at the bar's annual meeting in Long Beach in September.
The bar is the regulatory agency for California's 233,000 lawyers, in charge of licensing attorneys and investigating and disciplining those accused of misconduct. All practicing attorneys in California are required to be members.
Streeter said his priorities for the coming year will be to focus on stabilizing and rebuilding the discipline system, improving governance by the board, and enhancing communications.
The bar's Office of Chief Trial Counsel, which investigates misconduct, recently lost its top prosecutor and four other veteran prosecutors.
Man Critical After Shooting in Oakland
A man is in critical condition after a shooting in Oakland Friday night, police said.
Officers responded to the 2200 block of Chestnut Street at around 11 p.m. and found a man suffering from gunshot wounds.
The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition and a male suspect is in custody.
Woman Shot During Robbery in Oakland
A woman was shot during a robbery in Oakland Friday night, police said.
Police responded to 41st Street and Piedmont Avenue at around 10:50 p.m. and found a woman suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim is in stable condition, according to police.
Officers are searching for four suspects. A suspect description was not immediately available.
California Public Utilities Commission Seeks New Director for Consumer Protection and Safety Division
The California Public Utilities Commission is looking for a new director for its Consumer Protection and Safety Division.
The division handles safety oversight of gas and electric utilities; railroads; light rail transit systems and highway/rail crossings; motor carriers of passengers and household goods and water vessels.
It also includes a new Risk Assessment Unit, created in response to September's natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, CPUC spokeswoman Terrie Prosper said.
CPUC Executive Director Paul Clanon called the explosion, which killed eight people, injured many more and destroyed 38 homes, a "game-changer for safety oversight."
"We've doubled the number of gas inspectors, we're forming a new Risk Assessment Unit to take a hard look at the risks that are out there that might not be covered by the old rules, and we're already far out in front of federal regulations in requiring testing or replacing of old, grandfathered pipes," Clanon said. "We aim to be the national model for safety regulation."
The division's current director, Richard Clark, is leaving for a new position as an administrative law judge, effective Aug. 1, Prosper said.
The director position will carry a maximum monthly salary of $10,520. Eligible candidates must be current or former California state or legislative employees, or former members of the U.S. military.
San Francisco Man Who Used Expletive to Cop Found Not Guilty
A 22-year-old San Francisco man who used a four-letter expletive during an encounter with police was found not guilty on Friday of five misdemeanor charges, including battery and resisting arrest, the public defender's office said.
Chris Christopher had been sitting with a friend in a legally parked car at Newhall Street and La Salle Avenue in the Bayview District on April 9, 2010, when his mother saw the pair and pulled up alongside them in her car, the public defender's office said.
An officer asked Christopher's mother, who was parked illegally, for identification and then moved on to question Christopher, according to the public defender's office.
The officer asked for Christopher's name but didn't believe him when he responded honestly, so Christopher fired back, "What if I tell you it's, 'F--- you'?," the public defender's office said.
"It wasn't respectful, but it was well within Mr. Christopher's First Amendment rights," his lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Erin Haney said in a statement. "There's nothing in the penal code about having a smart mouth."
An argument ensued in which Christopher allegedly threatened the officer, but witnesses who testified at the two-day trial denied that any threats took place, according to the public defender's office.
The department said Christopher has a clean record.
At one point Christopher got out of the car, but he complied with police orders to return to it, the public defender's office said. Soon after, officers allegedly pulled him out forcefully.
Christopher was arrested and charged with delaying or obstructing an officer with threat of violence, battery on a police officer, and three counts of resisting arrest, the public defender's office said. The jury acquitted him on all charges.
Haney had argued in court that police had no right to detain Christopher and used excessive force.
San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast
Cloudy and foggy skies are expected in the Bay Area this morning, before becoming partly cloudy later today. Highs in the mid 50s to lower 60s are anticipated. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph are also expected.
Tonight is expected to be cloudy, with patches of fog after midnight. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph are anticipated, with lows in the lower 50s.
Forecasters predict Monday will be mostly cloudy in the morning with patchy fog, before becoming partly cloudy later in the day. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are expected, with west winds 10 to 15 mph.