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Protestors Shutdown SF BART Stations in Wake of Charles Hill Shooting by BART Police

BART Shutdown by Protestors at Civic Center, Returns to Service

BART service returned to normal Monday night, hours after it was disrupted by protests at several San Francisco BART stations Monday evening. Shortly before the start of the evening commute, close to 100 demonstrators gathered at Civic Center station. BART and San Francisco Municipal Railway service was temporarily suspended at that shared station after the protesters attempted to prevent an East Bay-bound BART train from departing there. The demonstrators then moved between the Powell and 16th Street stations, and the agencies instituted full and partial closures, inconveniencing hundreds of transit riders. The group No Justice, No BART, which organized the protest, said it is demanding that the BART Police Department be disbanded after BART police officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man at the station last week. The group is also demanding that both of the two officers involved in the July 3 shooting of 45-year-old Charles Hill be fired and criminally charged if it is found that the shooting was not justified. The dwindling group of demonstrators took to Market Street just before 7 p.m., marching from Civic Center to Powell Street, where San Francisco police officers blocked about a dozen protesters from traveling up Powell Street. About as many police officers had formed a line to block the protesters' path. After the disruptions, Johnson criticized the demonstrators' actions. "These fringe groups have apparently shown no regard for the work of their fellow citizens and, of course, the customers on the train, the elderly -- all those folks who need Civic Center station open and rely on the station," he said. Johnson said that the station was closed "to maintain safety at an inconvenience to the elderly, the disabled" and all other customers because of the demonstrators' actions. Johnson said that BART police had not made any arrests Monday night. On July 3, Hill wielded a knife and a broken alcohol bottle before BART police shot him on the train platform, Johnson said. BART police said Hill was aggressive and combative and did not comply with orders. One of the officers suffered minor cuts during the confrontation, BART officials said.

BART Police Auditor Will Investigate Charles Hill Shooting

BART's new independent police auditor said Monday that he will conduct a thorough investigation into a recent confrontation at a San Francisco station in which BART police shot and killed a knife-wielding man. Mark T. Smith said his investigation will parallel those also being conducted by the BART and San Francisco police departments and will look at whether officers used the proper tactics and were justified in using force in fatally shooting 45-year-old Charles Hill at the Civic Center station at about 9:45 p.m. on July 3. BART officials said Hill was armed with a knife and a broken bottle that he was wielding as a weapon, was aggressive and combative with officers who attempted to contact him, and did not comply with orders. The officer-involved shooting occurred after Smith, who previously served in police review positions in Los Angeles and Chicago, had been at BART for only a week. BART Director Lynette Sweet, who chairs BART's police review committee, said, "Talk about trial by fire." The independent police auditor's job is a new position that was created in the wake of criticism about the way the transit agency investigated the fatal shooting of passenger Oscar Grant III at the hands of BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale station in Oakland on Jan. 1, 2009. Sweet said BART created the police auditor's job and formed an 11-member citizen review board to assure the public that investigations into police actions are conducted with "transparency, integrity and honesty." Sweet said each entity reports directly to the BART Board of Directors, not to each other. She said the auditor reports his findings to the citizen's review board and then to the Board of Directors. The citizen review board can either agree or disagree with the auditor's report and make its own decision whether to accept its recommendations and report its decision to the Board of Directors. Referring to the fatal shooting of Hill, Sweet said, "I'm disappointed we're here today." But Sweet said "the people are not in bad hands" because she is confident that Smith will conduct a fair investigation that is completely separate from the probes being performed by BART and San Francisco police.

 

Man Found Shot Late Monday Night near Alamo Square

A man was found shot to death in San Francisco late Monday night, police said.

Officers responded at 11:22 p.m. to a report of shots fired in the 500 block of Webster Street, several blocks from Alamo Square.

They arrived to find a 20-year-old man who had been shot in the head.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The medical examiner's office is withholding the victim's name until his family has been notified of the death.

No arrests have been made and no other details of the shooting were immediately available this morning, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

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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SFMTA to Change Parking Meter Rates as Part of SFpark

Demand-Based Pricing: Higher Parking Meter Rates for Crowded Neighborhoods

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will be changing the rates at some parking meters around the city later this month, the first adjustments since it started a pilot program to track real-time parking data, an agency spokesman said Monday. SFpark, a two-year pilot program unveiled last year, collects information from meters and sensors embedded in the street about where parking was available. The information was then made available in April at www.sfpark.org or via smartphone apps. Starting at an undetermined date later this month, the SFMTA will begin changing the rates, with higher rates for more crowded neighborhoods and lower ones for areas with more empty spots, spokesman Paul Rose said. About 31 percent of the rates will be going up -- by no more than 25 cents per hour -- while 37 percent are staying the same and 32 percent will be decreasing by no more than 50 cents. The rates, which range from $1.75 per hour to $3.75 per hour, vary from block to block, by time of day, and by whether it is a weekday or weekend, Rose said. The program includes the Civic Center, Hayes Valley, Financial District, South of Market, Mission, Fisherman's Wharf, Fillmore and Marina neighborhoods. It covers roughly a quarter of the city's 28,800 parking meters and more than 12,000 spaces in 15 of its city-owned garages. In the Fisherman's Wharf area, the rates are going down either 25 cents or 50 cents per hour for most weekday hours, and are increasing for most city blocks in the neighborhood after noon on weekends. Conversely, the hourly rates will be increasing for most streets in the Financial District during weekdays, but most will be decreasing on the weekends. The rates will not be changed more than once a month and in increments of no more than 50 cents per hour. SFMTA officials say the demand-based pricing, combined with the information drivers can use to see where spots are, will reduce energy use and pollution from cars circling a block in search of parking.

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Nb 280 Off-Ramp To Highway 1/19th Ave. As Chp Responds To Fatal Crash

A northbound Interstate Highway 280 off-ramp to state Highway 1 at 19th Avenue in San Francisco is closed as California Highway Patrol officers respond to a fatal crash, a CHP officer said.

A pedestrian was reportedly killed in the crash which occurred at around 3 a.m., CHP Officer Ralph Caggiano said.

It was not immediately known at what time the off-ramp would reopen.

 

UPDATE ON ADVISORY

 The northbound Interstate Highway 280 ramp to state Highway 1/19th Avenue in San Francisco has reopened after a fatal crash this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle at around 3 a.m., CHP Officer Ralph Caggiano said.

The connector ramp was closed to traffic until about 5 a.m. as CHP officers investigated the incident.

Information regarding the victim and circumstances surrounding the crash was not immediately available.

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Community, Government Leaders Brainstorm Market Street's Future

Transforming Market From a Transit Hub to Public Destination

San Francisco community leaders and planners will meet today to brainstorm on Market Street's future at a lunchtime forum. Event planners referred to Market Street as "a critical artery where much of the city's transit infrastructure comes together" in a statement. Organizers said they are hoping today's forum will help launch ideas for ways the street can be transformed from a transit hub to a destination location. Representatives from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, the city's Planning Department, the Department of Public Works, and the Bicycle Coalition are expected to attend today's lunchtime event, organizers said. Today's forum is hosted by the nonprofit SPUR -- or, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. The event is free to SPUR members and $5 for non-members. It is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at 654 Mission St. in San Francisco.

San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday News Roundup

San Jose Autistic Boy Goes Missing, Found by LAPD

A 13-year-old San Jose boy who has autism and went missing Monday morning was located by Los Angeles police Monday afternoon after the boy arrived at a Greyhound bus station, police said. Jesus Garza went to bed at his home in the 300 block of North Eighth Street around 12:30 a.m. Monday, but when his parents checked on him at about 6:30 a.m., he wasn't there, police said. Jesus is autistic and has the mental capacity of a 6- or 7-year-old, according to police. Investigators learned that the boy had expressed interest in traveling to Hollywood in hopes of meeting television celebrities. When investigators contacted Greyhounds employees in San Jose, they learned that Jesus had purchased a ticket and boarded a bus bound for Southern California. Greyhound employees identified the bus in which Jesus was traveling and informed investigators that it would arrive at the San Fernando Valley bus station. Los Angeles police were notified and dispatched officers to the station, where Jesus was taken into protective custody upon his arrival at about 4:30 p.m.. Jesus does not have a history of running away. He attended Peter Burnett Middle School and is scheduled to attend Leland High School in the fall. He is currently taking summer school classes at Horace Mann Elementary School. San Jose police investigators were traveling to Southern California to pick up Jesus, but the case remains under investigation. Anyone with information about Jesus and his disappearance is asked to San Jose police detectives Alfonso Rodriguez or Ryan Hansen of the missing persons unit at (408) 277-4786. Anonymous tipsters may call the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP (7867) or may visit svcrimestoppers.org, and may be eligible for a reward.

 

Family Raises Reward for Information About Missing Nursing Student Michelle Lee

The family of missing nursing student Michelle Le, who disappeared on May 27, has increased the reward amount for her return or for information regarding her location to $100,000. Le, 26, went missing on May 27 during a break from her clinical rotation at Kaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center on Sleeping Hollow Avenue. Last Friday, her family, friends and sorority sisters held a fundraiser at a Hayward restaurant in which 20 percent of the sales were donated toward the reward fund. Her family continues to hold out hope despite the fact that Hayward police classified Le's disappearance as a homicide. Although the family has been working with Hayward police and the FBI, it hired a private investigator last month to independently conduct a parallel investigation. "Our family has spent the last 45 days saving money to reach this amount," Michelle's brother, Michael Le, said in a statement released by the family Monday. "We're hoping this will motivate someone to find it in themselves to step forward; we just want her home with us." The family plans to distribute fliers on Wednesday at 26231 Mission Blvd. in Hayward. Search parties are also being organized for Friday and Saturday. Volunteers will meet at 25350 Cypress Ave. in Hayward at 8 a.m. on both days.

 

Girl Dies After Drinking Soda Spiked with Alcohol

A 14-year-old girl died after apparently drinking soda spiked with alcohol at a sleepover in Sonoma County on Saturday night, a Sonoma County sheriff's lieutenant said Monday. The sheriff's office identified the girl as Takeimi Rao, of Santa Rosa, who recently graduated from Rincon Valley Middle School. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, but the cause of Rao's death will not be determined until toxicology test results are in, Lt. Dennis O'Leary said. Three other girls attended the sleepover at Rao's house, located in the 6000 block of Foothill Ranch Road in unincorporated Sonoma County north of Santa Rosa, O'Leary said. At about 3 a.m., some of the girls became ill and vomited, and Rao's mother helped clean them up and put them back to sleep, believing that they had food poisoning, O'Leary said. Rao's mother also looked in on her daughter, who appeared to be asleep in her bed, O'Leary said. When Rao's mother went to wake her around 9 a.m., she was unresponsive and the mother then called 911, O'Leary said. One of the girls admitted to bringing alcohol into the room, and sheriff's deputies recovered a bottle of alcohol, O'Leary said. "The parents are really good parents and they were home the entire night," O'Leary said. It's believed the girls were experimenting with alcohol they had found in the house, O'Leary said. Friends posted messages Monday on a Facebook page titled "Rest in Peace Takeimi Rao." "I only had to hang out with you as much as we did for me to love you. I'll miss you girl rest in peace. I will never forget you," one post read. "Nobody this young and beautiful should have passed away. Especially at 14. Everyone misses you. Hopefully this will all teach us a lesson. Somebody should have been there to prevent it. RIP," read another post.

 

Man Accused of Stealing Ballots in SF Remains Silent at Hearing

A man accused of stealing ballots from a San Francisco polling station last November seems determined not to get out of jail after giving the silent treatment to the judge at his sentencing hearing Monday. Karl Bradfield Nicholas, 51, was set to receive a one-year sentence but would likely have been set free Monday because of credit for time already served. Instead, he is being held for at least two additional days for a mental health examination. The silent treatment was the latest in a series of bizarre hearings involving the case, in which Nicholas is accused of taking ballots, a voter roster, and a memory box and access key to a voting machine on Knott Court in the city's Crocker Amazon neighborhood where he was working as a voting station inspector on Nov. 2, 2010. Nicholas was arrested on Nov. 3, and the ballots were later found in the lagoon at the Palace of Fine Arts, prosecutors said. He pleaded guilty in December to felony counts of tampering with voting machines and ballots, but then tried to withdraw the plea in April, but the motion was denied by Judge James Collins. Then last Tuesday -- the one-year mark of his credit for time served -- Nicholas was tackled by sheriff's deputies during a hearing in which his defense attorney Stuart Blumstein had filed a motion to have him released from jail on his own recognizance. But during the hearing, Nicholas started yelling at Collins and was taken to the ground by the deputies, according to Blumstein. The yelling "was out of character" for Nicholas, said Blumstein, who said he did not know what sparked the outburst since "he had an opportunity to get out." Nicholas took the opposite approach Monday with Judge Anne Boulianne, the judge who had received his guilty plea and presided over the sentencing hearing. He refused to acknowledge questions from Boulianne, instead staring straight ahead silently, prompting her to order him held until Wednesday, saying his actions made her "very concerned."

 

Search and Rescue Team Looks for Man Who Fell into Blowhole

A search and rescue team in Maui Monday continued to look for a 44-year-old San Anselmo man who has been missing since he fell into a blowhole near the ocean on Saturday afternoon, a spokesman said. The man was visiting the Nakalele Blowhole on the north side of Maui when a rogue wave struck him from behind and pushed him through the opening in the rocky shoreline, Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said. The man was in the area with family members who saw him get knocked down and disappear, Antone said. Teams from the Maui County Department of Fire and Safety searched the ocean waters around Nakalele Point until sundown on Saturday and continued the search effort during daylight hours Sunday and Monday, Antone said.

 

East Bay Woman Punched, Loses Eye After Giving a Man a Ride in Tenderloin

An East Bay woman lost an eye as a result of being punched by a man to whom she had given a ride in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood on Friday evening, a police spokesman said Monday. The attack was reported at about 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of Eddy and Larkin streets. The 59-year-old victim was called by the 60-year-old suspect, who asked her for a ride to the Tenderloin to sell some of his belongings, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said. After driving the man there, the woman waited for a few minutes but then wanted to leave, but he said he didn't want to, Esparza said. The woman leaned over from the driver's seat and reached over the man to open the passenger door, at which point the man began punching her repeatedly, Esparza said. The woman suffered serious injuries to her eye, and the man agreed to accompany her to San Francisco General Hospital, but then fled after they arrived at the hospital, according to Esparza. The woman was treated at the hospital for the injuries, which are not life-threatening, but will result in the loss of her eye, Esparza said. She provided police with a description of the man, who had not been found as of early Monday afternoon. The man is described as a 60-year-old black man who is 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, Esparza said. Police were also given the man's address but have not yet been able to locate him, he said. 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.

 

2 Southern California Men Arrested for Cloning ATM

Two Southern California men were arrested in Pleasant Hill on Sunday on suspicion of cloning hundreds of ATM, police said. At about 12:10 p.m. police responded to a report of two men loitering around the Citibank ATM machines at 700 Contra Costa Blvd. When the officers contacted the men, identified as 22-year-old Arman Vardanyan and 20-year-old Eduard Arakelyan, one of them fled on foot. Officers chased him and caught him a short distance away. The other man was arrested at the bank. When the two men were searched, officers allegedly found several loaded firearms, a large quantity of cash and hundreds of cloned access cards, police said. Both men were arrested and booked into county jail. Investigators believe the men may have committed crimes in other nearby cities and anyone with information about the case is asked to call detectives at (925) 288-4630.

 

Argument Over Drug Deal Leads to 3 Dead in Richmond Iron Triangle Shooting

Investigators believe an argument over a drug deal led to the shooting deaths of three men inside an apartment in Richmond's Iron Triangle neighborhood on Saturday, Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan said Monday. Police received a 911 call reporting a shooting at 974 Triangle Circle in the Triangle Court public housing development just before 4:30 p.m., Gagan said. Investigators believe there was a dispute over a drug transaction that led to the shooting of a resident, 26-year-old Michael Anderson. Other people then reportedly shot and killed 19-year-old Oakland resident Dante Deloney and 28-year-old San Leandro resident Corey Walker II, Gagan said. Two people were taken to the police station for questioning afterward but have since been released. "After looking at the physical evidence and the statements they made, they are not being charged at this time," Gagan said. Police declined to release further details about the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation.

SF Arts Commission Names JD Beltran Interim Director

The San Francisco Arts Commission voted unanimously on a new interim director Monday, officials from the mayor's office announced. The agency named JD Beltran, the current vice president, to act as director while they recruit a new permanent director of cultural affairs. Beltran will replace Luis Cancel, who has been the director of cultural affairs since 2007. The mayor's office announced that Cancel had tendered his resignation last week and planned to return to his hometown of New York City where he previously served as the head of that city's Department of Cultural Affairs. Beltran is a conceptual artist, filmmaker, and writer as well as a member of the San Francisco Art Institute's faculty. Beltran is also the director of the school's City Studio arts education program for underserved youth. "JD is a fantastic artist, a well respected member of the arts community, and a committed public servant dedicated to the well-being of this organization," commission President PJ Johnston said in a statement. "We're very fortunate that she's willing to step in and serve for this brief period." Johnston said the search for a permanent director is expected to take two to three months. "I see my role as one of placeholder, helping the Arts Commission get through this transition to its new director," Beltran said in a statement. "I have no interest in the permanent job -- indeed, I'll need to get back to my work soon. But I do care deeply about the San Francisco Arts Commission, and I want to see it flourish." Beltran said she hopes to return to the commission once a permanent replacement has been found.

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Update: Group Plans Protest At Civic Center Bart Station

A group is planning a protest this afternoon at the Civic Center BART station in San Francisco, where BART police shot and killed a knife-wielding man last week.

The group No Justice, No BART said it is demanding that the BART Police Department be disbanded, and that both of the two officers involved in the July 3 shooting of 45-year-old Charles Hill be fired and criminally charged if it is found that the shooting was not justified.

Today's protest is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on the platform of the Civic Center station.

BART spokesman Linton Johnson said such a protest would be illegal.

"Disruptive protests like this planned one on small platforms with fast moving trains and large crowds are against the law because they put ... riders, BART workers, journalists and protesters at serious risk of injury or death," he said.

Hill was wielding a knife and a broken alcohol bottle before BART police shot him on the train platform, Johnson said.

BART police said Hill was aggressive and combative and did not comply with orders.

One of the officers suffered minor cuts during the confrontation, BART officials said.

A Facebook page has been set up for this afternoon's rally, and as of this morning, more than 370 people had indicated they would attend.

The group No Justice, No BART was formed in response to the New Year's Day 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant III. Grant, a 22-year-old Hayward resident who was unarmed, was shot and killed by then-BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale station in Oakland.

 

 

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Woman Loses Eye After Being Punched In Tenderloin Friday

A woman lost an eye as a result of being punched by a man inside her car in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood on Friday evening, police said.

The attack was reported at about 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of Eddy and Larkin streets.

The 59-year-old woman was in her car with the 60-year-old suspect when she told him to get out, according to police.

The man refused and became enraged, and punched her on the right side of her face, police said.

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The woman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for her injuries, which were not life-threatening but resulted in the loss of her eye, according to police.

The man fled after the attack and had not been found as of this morning, police said.

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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Man Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries In Bayview Shooting Early Sunday

A man was seriously injured in a shooting in San Francisco's Bayview District early Sunday morning, police said.

The shooting occurred shortly before 3:30 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Third Street and Gilman Avenue.

Four men in their 20s were driving on Third Street and turned onto Gilman Avenue when someone ran up to their car and opened fire, according to police.

One of the people in the car, a 23-year-old man, was hit by the gunfire.

He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are considered life-threatening, police said.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.

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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Man Fatally Shot In Ingleside Saturday Morning

A man was killed in a shooting in San Francisco's Ingleside neighborhood on Saturday morning, police said.

The shooting was reported at 11:19 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Holloway and Brighton avenues.
The victim, identified by the medical examiner's office as 23-year-old Karl Henderson, was shot in the chest and taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

Henderson, a San Francisco resident, was pronounced dead around noon, according to police.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting and no other information was immediately available this morning, police said.

Anyone with information about the homicide 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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UPDATE: One-Alarm House Fire Controlled, Causes $350,000 In Damage

Firefighters controlled a one-alarm house fire this morning in San Francisco's Sunnyside neighborhood that spread to a neighboring home and caused about $350,000 in damage, a fire battalion chief said.

San Francisco firefighters responded to 55 Melrose Ave. just before 2:30 a.m. to find heavy smoke and flames burning through the roof of the two-story home, fire Battalion Chief Bryan Rubenstein said.

Strong winds spread the blaze to the house next door on the right, damaging its exterior and kitchen, Rubenstein said.

Crews made an aggressive attempt battling the fire from inside the original home and it was contained by about 2:50 a.m., he said.

No one was inside the house where the fire started, but a family of three was evacuated from the neighboring house.

There were no injuries, Rubenstein said. The fire is believed to have started in the living room, but its cause is under investigation.

Each house is estimated to have sustained about $175,000 in damage.

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San Francisco Bay Area Monday News Roundup

Coast Guard Continues Search for Capsized Boat Survivors

The U.S. Coast Guard will continue to search today for signs of a charter fishing boat that capsized a week ago near Baja, Mexico, officials said. A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircrew completed their sixth day of searching Sunday in a 990 square-mile area in the Sea of Cortez near Isla San Luis, Mexico. No sign of the seven people still missing from the boat were found. The boat, operated by the fishing excursion company Baja Sportfishing Inc., sank at 2:30 a.m. on July 3, according to the Coast Guard. More than 40 people were on board including crew members and a group of fishermen from various Bay Area cities who were on a fishing trip together.

 

Nude Fairfield Woman Armed with Handgun Arrested in Vacaville Motel

A nude Fairfield woman armed with a handgun at a Super 8 motel in Vacaville was arrested by police after a desk clerk convinced her to surrender early Sunday morning, a Vacaville police sergeant said. Patricia Wright, 32, allegedly entered the lobby of the motel, located at 101 Allison Court, naked and armed with a handgun around 2:40 a.m., Sgt. Mark Donaldson said. Wright apparently waved the firearm at the desk clerk, who called 911. She told the clerk that she was afraid and mentioned a male companion staying at the motel with her, Donaldson said. But Wright was not making threats to hurt herself or the clerk, he said. As about seven officers surrounded the motel, the clerk talked to Wright and tried to calm her down. Within about 20 minutes, she convinced Wright to put the handgun down and the clerk was able secure the weapon, Donaldson said. Wright surrendered to Vacaville police at about 3 a.m. Officers also detained Wright's male companion, but after questioning him they determined he had not committed any crime, Donaldson said. Wright allegedly admitted to police that she had ingested both marijuana and ecstasy, which Donaldson said likely played a role in her behavior. She was booked into Solano County Jail in Fairfield on suspicion of brandishing a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm in public, and possession of a firearm that had its serial number removed. The incident was contained to the lobby, and the motel was not evacuated. No one suffered any injuries during the standoff.

 

Drunk Driver Crashes into Fire Engine, Arrested by San Jose Police

San Jose police arrested a man on suspicion of driving under the influence after he plowed his car into a fire engine that was leaving the scene of a one-alarm house fire Sunday morning, a San Jose fire captain said. Two firefighters were reversing a small brush control engine, primarily used for battling wildfires, onto Mabury Road from High Glen Drive when a man driving at a high rate of speed crashed a sport coupe into the back of the engine, launching the car about 15 to 20 feet, San Jose fire Capt. Rob Brown said. The driver, a man in his early 20s who appeared intoxicated, navigated around two cars that were stopped while a fire captain was directing traffic on the closed road around 12:30 a.m., Brown said. The firefighters and the driver did not suffer any injuries, but both vehicles sustained damage, he said. Twenty-three firefighters and two battalion chiefs were at the scene, where minutes earlier they controlled a fire that started in a wall of an upstairs bedroom in a two-story house, Brown said. The fire was reported just before midnight, and it caused about $5,000 to $10,000 in damage to the house, he said. No occupants were in the home when the fire started and no one was injured while battling the blaze. Its cause is under investigation.

 

Suisun City Man Hospitalized After Graduation Party Fight

A Suisun City man suffered a serious head injury in a fight that erupted at a graduation party in Solano County early Sunday morning, according to the sheriff's office. The fight took place in front of a home in the 4500 block of Green Valley Road near Fairfield at about 1:25 a.m., according to a Solano County sheriff's lieutenant. Arriving deputies found a paramedic team administering emergency aid to 48-year-old Roy Hellickson, who had suffered a head injury. An investigation revealed that Hellickson got into a fight with 20-year-old Carson Bruce, of Fairfield, after Bruce allegedly acted inappropriately toward another guest at the party, according to the sheriff's office. During the altercation, Hellickson fell and hit his head on the ground, causing serious injury. Hellickson was first taken to Northbay Medical Center and then flown by helicopter to U.C. Davis Medical Center where he was listed in serious condition. Bruce was arrested and booked at Solano County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon. His bail was set at $25,000.

 

Firefighter Injured by Falling Debris During Healdsburg Fire

A firefighter was injured by falling debris while fighting a two-alarm fire at a Healdsburg home early Sunday morning, fire officials said. The fire, which began on the deck of 243 Albert Court, was reported just before 2 a.m., Fire Chief Steven Adams said. Flames had already spread through the first and second stories of the home when firefighters arrived and were threatening homes on three sides. Firefighters struggled to extinguish the fire, in part due to the large number of personal items in the house and concealed spaces in the structure, Adams said. All occupants of the home were able to escape uninjured, but one firefighters received an injury to his neck due to falling debris. He was treated at Healdsburg District Hospital and released. While the neighboring homes escaped damage, all the belongings in the affected house were destroyed, Adams said. Damage is estimated at around $400,000, and an investigation into the fire's cause is underway.

 

San Jose Shooting Victim Gives Few Details to San Jose Police  

San Jose police have learned few details about a shooting victim that showed up at a hospital early Sunday morning. Police were contacted by Regional Medical Center staff at about 2:45 a.m. when the victim of a shooting limped into the emergency room, San Jose police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said. The victim, a man in his early 20s, told police he had been at a party in South San Jose where he was involved in a scuffle and shot in the lower leg. His injury was not life threatening. The victim has been uncooperative and did not tell police how he arrived at the hospital or any details about the cause of his injury, including a motive or who might have been involved. The shooting has not been determined to be gang related, though Dwyer said the area has seen incidents of gang activity in the past. The shooting remains under investigation.

 

Mills College Shooting Injures One

A shooting near Mills College in Oakland injured one person Saturday evening, police said. Officers responded to the 6200 block of Seminary Avenue at about 7:45 p.m. and found one victim suffering from a gunshot wound, Oakland police Officer Kevin McDonald said. The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition and there are no suspects in custody, McDonald said.

 

San Jose Police Find Man with Multiple Stab Wounds on Lawn, 3 Suspects Arrested

San Jose police found a man with multiple stab wounds on the front lawn of a San Jose residence early Sunday morning, a sergeant said. Officers responded to a 911 call from a resident reporting a wounded person in a front yard at about 1:30 a.m., San Jose police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said. Arriving officers found a male victim suffering multiple stab wounds who said he had been chased and attacked by several people who might still be in the area. Officers established a search perimeter and found three suspects -- two females and a male - who were arrested in connection with the stabbing. The victim was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. It has not been determined it the attack was gang related, but the gang activity in the neighborhood has been confirmed in the past, Dwyer said. The incident remains under investigation.

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SF Firefighters Get Sunnyvale Fire Under Control

Strong Winds Spread Fire to House Next Door

Firefighters controlled a one-alarm house fire this morning in San Francisco's Sunnyside neighborhood that spread to a neighboring home and caused about $350,000 in damage, a fire battalion chief said.

San Francisco firefighters responded to 55 Melrose Ave. just before 2:30 a.m. to find heavy smoke and flames burning through the roof of the two-story home, fire Battalion Chief Bryan Rubenstein said.

Strong winds spread the blaze to the house next door on the right, damaging its exterior and kitchen, Rubenstein said.

Crews made an aggressive attempt battling the fire from inside the original home and it was contained by about 2:50 a.m., he said.

No one was inside the house where the fire started, but a family of three was evacuated from the neighboring house.

There were no injuries, Rubenstein said. The fire is believed to have started in the living room, but its cause is under investigation.

Each house is estimated to have sustained about $175,000 in damage.

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Civic Center BART Shooting Spurs Protest

No Justice, No BART Demands BART PD  Shut Down, Firing of Officers who Shot Charless Hill

A group protesting the death of a man killed during a confrontation with BART police officers last week plans to take over the BART platform of the Civic Center station where the shooting occurred Monday afternoon. The group No Justice, No BART said it will demand that the BART police department be permanently shut down, and that both officers involved in the July 3 shooting of Charles Hill be fired. In addition, the group wants to see an independent public investigation of the death and charges filed and prosecuted against the officers involved. A BART spokesman did not return a call requesting comment on the planned protest. Hill, 45, was allegedly wielding a knife and a broken alcohol bottle before BART police shot him at about 9:45 p.m. on the train platform, according to BART spokesman Linton Johnson. Hill, who has no fixed address, was shot in the front torso area and later taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:45 p.m. Two BART police officers had responded to the station after receiving reports of a white man wearing a tie-dye shirt and green military fatigue pants who was carrying an open container of alcohol. He was described as drunk and "wobbly" to BART dispatch. The officers approached the man, who was aggressive and combative and did not comply with orders, according to BART police. One of the officers was armed with a Taser. One suffered minor cuts during the confrontation, BART officials said. Some witnesses to the incident have stated in the media that the man was not running or lunging at the two officers, but Johnson has said those accounts are "not the only perspective" on the shooting. San Francisco and BART police are interviewing 35 to 40 witnesses in the incident. Johnson said BART will release a video of the shooting after the investigations are complete unless the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, which is conducting its own probe, objects. No Justice, No BART formed in response to the New Year's Day 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant III, which sparked multiple protests. The 22-year-old Hayward resident was shot and killed while unarmed by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served around a year in jail. Mehserle admitted to the shooting but said he intended to use his Taser on Grant. Monday's protest is expected to begin at 4:30 p.m.

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San Francisco Bay Area Sunday News Roundup

Three Killed in Richmond Apartment

Three people were killed in shooting in a Richmond apartment Saturday afternoon.

Police received a 911 call reporting a shooting at 974 Triangle Circle in the Triangle Court public housing development just before 4:30 p.m., said Capt. Mark Gagan.

Three men were found dead inside, including resident Michae l Anderson, 36, and Dante Deloney, 19, of Oakland. A third man was also found dead in the apartment, but his identity had not yet been released as of Saturday night.

Gagan said the motive for the shooting remains under investigation, but there appears to have been an exchange of gunfire.

One person who was found in the home was taken in for questioning, but was considered a person of interest rather than a suspect, Gagan said.

Hayward Suspect in Critical Condition

A 32-year-old Hayward man was in critical condition Saturday after he allegedly beat a victim, shot at a police officer, and then tried to take his own life by shooting himself in Hayward, according to police.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was spotted beating another man in his late 50s at a restaurant near the intersection of Huntwood Avenue and Tennyson Road at about 9:30 p.m., police said.

Witnesses saw the man severely injure the victim, who appeared to be intoxicated. The suspect then calmly walked into the restaurant, got two pizzas, got into his car and drove off, according to police.

A responding officer saw the suspect drive into the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 25000 block of Cypress Avenue. Before the officer could get out of his car, the suspect fired two rounds at the officer and ran away, police said.

The officer didn't fire back because the suspect's vehicle was carrying the suspect's girlfriend and three children, who were all under age eight, according to police.

A massive search led to officers finding the man in a nearby home of the suspect's friend, police said.

Police negotiated with the suspect to come out for more than an hour. The suspect then tried to take his own life and shot himself in the head, according to police.

The suspect was taken to a local trauma center, where he remained in critical condition as of 1 p.m. Saturday, according to police and the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

The victim who was beaten was also taken to a trauma center, where he was listed in stable condition.

Police Arrest Fairfield Carjack, Arson Suspects

Officers arrested two teens Friday evening suspected of carjacking and arson in Fairfield, police said.

Police initially responded to reports of a carjacking at around 5:40 p.m. on Limewood Court.

A pizza delivery driver was confronted by four or five males. One of the suspects threatened to shoot the driver and stole his car, police said. The victim ran away and was not injured.

A neighbor told responding officers that the stolen car was involved in a minor crash on Silver Creek Road, near Lopes Road, and two suspects were seen running away from the crash, according to police.

Police detained one suspect without incident near Oakbrook Elementary School.

A resident reported seeing a person matching the second suspect's description breaking into a home in the 2900 block of Orinda Way, police said.

Officers discovered that the suspect had broken into the home, which was an unoccupied rental home, through the rear sliding patio door.

Police said the suspect intentionally placed a wood cutting board on the stove and ignited it before running away in what appeared to be an attempt to set the house on fire. Officers put out the fire and the kitchen sustained minor burn and smoke damage.

The suspect was found hiding in bushes on Ramsgate Court and subdued using a Taser. The suspect was taken to NorthBay Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.

A 17-year-old Fairfield resident was arrested on suspicion of carjacking, burglary, arson, DUI, misdemeanor hit and run, possession of stolen property and conspiracy.

Jared Bell, 18, of San Francisco, was arrested on suspicion of carjacking and conspiracy.

The remaining suspects who took part in the carjacking, who were described as Hispanic males, have not been identified, police said.

East Palo Alto Offers Money for Guns

East Palo Alto police and city leaders offered money Saturday for guns in their third annual gun buy-back event, police said.

Councilman David Woods joined police officers as they gave away a $100 American Express cash card in exchange for each firearm.

The buy-back took place at the East Palo Alto Government Center at 2415 University Ave.

Vallejo Safeway Robbed at Gunpoint

A Safeway customer service desk was robbed at gunpoint Saturday morning, according to Vallejo police.

The suspect in the robbery entered the Safeway on Robles Drive around 7:25 a.m., pointed a handgun at a clerk at the customer service desk and demanded money, said Lt. Eric Mortenson.

He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in a white Chevy Impala with round tail lights. No one was injured in the robbery.

The suspect is described as a black male with a medium build and light complexion with freckles.

Man Burned in South of Market

A man suffered third-degree burns from cutting through a live wire in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood Saturday afternoon, according to the fire department.

The man was performing some kind of work underground on the 100 block of Fremont Street at about 12:30 p.m. when the live wire sparked and gave him third-degree burns to the face and hands, a fire dispatcher said.

The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was in stable condition Saturday afternoon, the dispatcher said.

Santa Cruz Police Release Sexual Assault Suspect Sketches

Santa Cruz police have released sketches of the two men suspected of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy on the Municipal Wharf Thursday night.

The incident occurred outside a public restroom on the popular wharf shortly after 8 p.m.

The victim was not injured in the attack, according to police.

The two suspects ran away from the area before officers arrived. Police conducted a search of the wharf and surrounding beach area but did not locate the men.

The first suspect was described as a white man in his late 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a fit build and dark hair. He has a medium complexion with a mole and freckles on his face. He was wearing a white tank top shirt, according to police.

The second suspect was described as a white man in his late 20s. He is between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 250 pounds. He has a heavy build, a medium complexion and short brown hair. He was wearing a black t-shirt with a swirl pattern on the front. The second suspect's role in the incident is not yet clear, according to police.

Nine Injured in Vallejo Hummer Collision

Nine people were injured Friday night including three children when a driver in a stolen Hummer struck collided with parked vehicles while fleeing law enforcement.

The Hummer, which had been reported stolen in Vallejo earlier in the day, was spotted on westbound Interstate Highway 80 near the American Canyon offramp around 9:20 p.m. by California Highway Patrol officers, said Vallejo police Lt. Eric Mortenson.

The pursuit led into Vallejo, where the suspect was involved in two traffic accidents before he was captured.

The first occurred at Redwood and Broadway streets, where the Hummer struck one uninvolved vehicle. Two of the four occupants in that car, a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old, were injured, Mortenson said.

The pursuit continued, and the Hummer struck two more vehicles before it came to a stop. A total of two adults and three children in the two vehicles were injured.

The driver of the vehicle, a 17-year-old Vallejo resident, was combative with arresting officers, Mortenson said.

While he was struggling, another suspect came out of the crowd and tried to pull him away from police. Shawn Wallace, a 45-year-old Vallejo resident, was also arrested at the scene.

Man Arrested on Vandalizing Suspicion

A 21-year-old man was recently arrested on suspicion of vandalizing several Petaluma schools and businesses with graffiti in late June, police announced on Friday.

Petaluma resident Jacob Schwedke was arrested for tagging buildings with words like "game bounty" and "kajex" between June 24 and June 28, police said.

Schwedke faces 13 counts of vandalism and could be fined several thousand dollars to restore the buildings he allegedly tagged.

A police spokesperson wasn't immediately available to say whether Schwedke remains in jail.

Vandalism continues to be a problem in Petaluma, according to police. Graffiti costs citizens and business thousands of dollars to clean up, police said.

Anyone who has any information that may lead to identifying vandals should contact Petaluma police at (707) 778-4372.

Coast Guard Rescues Three Boaters from Petaluma River

The Coast Guard rescued three boaters when they got stuck in the mud in Petaluma River Friday afternoon.

The 19-foot boat became grounded in mud and the boat's owner jumped out to attempt to free it, Coast Guard officials said.

The man became stuck in the mud while trying to free his boat and his son jumped out of the boat to free his father but was unsuccessful. The boat owner's daughter stayed aboard the vessel and called 911 for help, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard dispatched a 25-foot response boat as well as a helicopter to assist the family. They were taken Black Pointe Boat Launch and declined medical assistance, Coast Guard officials said.

Bay Area Weather Sunday

The Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy this morning, before becoming partly cloudy later today. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are anticipated. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph are also predicted, before becoming west around 20 mph in the afternoon.

Clear skies are expected this evening before becoming mostly cloudy tonight. Lows in the lower 50s and west winds around 20 mph are anticipated.

Forecasters predict mostly cloudy weather on Monday, with highs in the upper 50s and west winds around 20 mph.

Weather Forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area

The Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy this morning, before becoming partly cloudy later today. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s are anticipated. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph are also predicted, before becoming west around 20 mph in the afternoon.

Clear skies are expected this evening before becoming mostly cloudy tonight. Lows in the lower 50s and west winds around 20 mph are anticipated.

Forecasters predict mostly cloudy weather on Monday, with highs in the upper 50s and west winds around 20 mph.

Coast Guard to Continue Search for Missing Fishing Boat

The U.S. Coast Guard said it will continue to aid in search efforts today for a charter fishing boat carrying Bay Area residents that sank a week ago off the Baja California Coast.

The Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircrew, which was brought into the search at the request of the Mexican navy, completed its fifth search Saturday of a 1,019-square mile area in the Sea of Cortez near Isla San Luis, Mexico, Coast Guard officials said.

The Coast Guard has searched approximately 3,200 square miles of ocean and land, working with the Mexican navy and federal police. No signs of the seven people still missing from the boat have been found, according to the Coast Guard.

The boat, operated by the fishing excursion company Baja Sportfishing Inc., sank at 2:30 a.m. on July 3. More than 40 people were on board including crew members and a group of fishermen from various Bay Area cities, who were on a fishing trip together.

July 11, 2011

Unfortunately for us, crime never rests.

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