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Police Arrest 2nd Suspect in Attempted Muni Robbery

A second suspect was arrested earlier this month for allegedly pepper spraying and trying to rob a hearing-impaired foreign exchange student on a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus in October.

Michael Diles, 25, of San Francisco, was arrested following the Oct. 20 incident on an inbound 38-Geary bus near Market and New Montgomery streets, police said.

Diles and Raheed Muhammad, 24, of Oakland, were on the bus and allegedly approached the 24-year-old victim, pepper sprayed him and tried to steal his backpack, according to police.

The victim was able to hold onto the bag and the two suspects fled.

Officers quickly arrested Muhammad but did not find the second suspect.

Police sent out surveillance footage captured on the bus and asked for the public's help in identifying the suspect.

Diles was identified with the help of tips from the community and he was arrested on Dec. 7 during a traffic stop by Berkeley police.

Diles has since been booked into county jail on charges of attempted robbery and assault with a caustic chemical, both felonies, police said.

 

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Bay Area Residents Planning Vigils For Victims Of Connecticut Shooting

Thousands of miles from the site of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting, many Bay Area residents are planning gatherings to mourn the more than two-dozen people killed Friday.

Tonight, vigils are planned in Pleasanton and Albany for the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 26 dead -- 20 children and six adults --when a lone gunman went on a rampage.

Ramzy Ayyad, the owner of Zaki Kabob House in Albany, is organizing a candlelight vigil at his family's restaurant at 1101 San Pablo Ave.

He said anyone in the Bay Area affected by gun violence is asked to come out and join the 5 p.m. vigil, which will be held in the restaurant's parking lot. He suggested bringing candles to light to remember the victims.

He said Friday's shooting renewed thoughts about his 20-year-old brother who was shot and killed in Richmond in June 2010.

"I was reading reports and started crying," he said.

His mother decided the restaurant should do something, and his family put together tonight's event, with a pastor scheduled to speak and opportunities for the community to share their feelings about the mass shooting.

Pleasanton's Henry P. Mohr Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association is stepping up to help the school community grapple with the emotions stirred up by the shooting.

A vigil will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at Amaral Park at 3400 Dennis Drive near Mohr Elementary, where attendees will be invited to read prepared comments, share prayers, sing carols, recite poems or share other thoughts.

"We've put it out there for the entire community to participate," said Mohr Elementary PTA president Beth Gallagher.

The PTA has asked students and others to bring notes and pictures that will be sent to Newtown. Donations for those affected by the shooting will also be collected at the vigil.

Checks can be made out Sandy Hook School Support Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank 39 Main St., Newtown, CT, 06470. Checks will be processed through the United Way of Western Connecticut, according to the PTA.

Later in the week, more vigils for the Newtown victims are planned throughout the Bay Area.

In Fairfield, the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple will be holding a ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The temple is located at 2948 Rockville Road.

Temple vice president Tony Hans said the vigil is open to anyone wishing to honor the victims.

He said Fairfield city officials have been invited to attend, and hundreds are expected to join in mourning during this difficult time for the nation.

"All of the Sikh community comes together," he said.

On Thursday evening, "Night for Newtown" will be held by the local radio station 99.7 NOW! at the ice rink at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco at 5 p.m.

There will be a candlelight vigil, and attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped teddy bear or toy, organizers said. The toys collected will be donated to local children in need.

The gunman in the Sandy Hook shooting, identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, is also believed to have murdered his mother, and later killed himself at the school.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday Midday News Roundup

Bay Area Residents Planning Vigils For Victims Of Connecticut Shooting

Thousands of miles from the site of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting, many Bay Area residents are planning gatherings to mourn the more than two-dozen people killed Friday.

Tonight, vigils are planned in Pleasanton and Albany for the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 26 dead -- 20 children and six adults --when a lone gunman went on a rampage.

Ramzy Ayyad, the owner of Zaki Kabob House in Albany, is organizing a candlelight vigil at his family's restaurant at 1101 San Pablo Ave.

He said anyone in the Bay Area affected by gun violence is asked to come out and join the 5 p.m. vigil, which will be held in the restaurant's parking lot. He suggested bringing candles to light to remember the victims.

He said Friday's shooting renewed thoughts about his 20-year-old brother who was shot and killed in Richmond in June 2010.

"I was reading reports and started crying," he said.

His mother decided the restaurant should do something, and his family put together tonight's event, with a pastor scheduled to speak and opportunities for the community to share their feelings about the mass shooting.

Pleasanton's Henry P. Mohr Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association is stepping up to help the school community grapple with the emotions stirred up by the shooting.

A vigil will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at Amaral Park at 3400 Dennis Drive near Mohr Elementary, where attendees will be invited to read prepared comments, share prayers, sing carols, recite poems or share other thoughts.

"We've put it out there for the entire community to participate," said Mohr Elementary PTA president Beth Gallagher.

The PTA has asked students and others to bring notes and pictures that will be sent to Newtown. Donations for those affected by the shooting will also be collected at the vigil.

Checks can be made out Sandy Hook School Support Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank 39 Main St., Newtown, CT, 06470. Checks will be processed through the United Way of Western Connecticut, according to the PTA.

Later in the week, more vigils for the Newtown victims are planned throughout the Bay Area.

In Fairfield, the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple will be holding a ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The temple is located at 2948 Rockville Road.

Temple vice president Tony Hans said the vigil is open to anyone wishing to honor the victims.

He said Fairfield city officials have been invited to attend, and hundreds are expected to join in mourning during this difficult time for the nation.

"All of the Sikh community comes together," he said.

On Thursday evening, "Night for Newtown" will be held by the local radio station 99.7 NOW! at the ice rink at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco at 5 p.m.

There will be a candlelight vigil, and attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped teddy bear or toy, organizers said. The toys collected will be donated to local children in need.

The gunman in the Sandy Hook shooting, identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, is also believed to have murdered his mother, and later killed himself at the school.

Woman Accused Of Abandoning Newborn In Bayview Pleads Not Guilty

A woman accused of abandoning her newborn baby in San Francisco's Bayview District last week pleaded not guilty to child cruelty and neglect charges today.

Nneka Nash, 39, pleaded not guilty in San Francisco Superior Court to felony willful cruelty to a child and misdemeanor failure to provide care to a child.

The charges stem from an incident that began at about 2 a.m. last Wednesday, when officers responded to a request for a welfare check at Third Street and McKinnon Avenue and found a man holding a bloody baby wrapped in a jacket, police Chief Greg Suhr said Monday.

The officers, Matt Cloud and Steve Gritsch, have been hailed as heroes by Suhr and other city officials for their quick actions to save the baby boy, who was unresponsive when police first encountered him.

The officers called for an ambulance, then decided to take the child to the hospital themselves rather than wait. Cloud drove the patrol car while Gritsch -- a former emergency medical technician in the North Bay -- performed CPR on the baby.

Upon arrival at San Francisco General Hospital, the young boy was revived and is expected to survive, police said.

Other officers found Nash a short time later and also took her to the hospital. She was arrested upon her release, and was uncooperative during her initial appearance in court today.

After entering the plea and being ordered by Judge Samuel Feng to stay away from the baby and to steer clear of a two-square-block area in the Bayview, Nash appeared defiant, saying to Feng, "I want to know when I'll get out."

The judge told Nash to talk to her attorney from the public defender's office, and she was taken back to county jail, where she remains in custody on $20,000 bail.

"This is just a sad situation," Feng said.

Nash will return to court on Wednesday morning to set a date for the preliminary hearing in the case.

Westfield San Francisco Centre Fire Likely Caused By Dirty Restaurant Flue

A small fire that caused the evacuation of the fifth floor of the Westfield San Francisco Centre on Monday night was likely caused by a dirty flue at a mall restaurant, a fire department spokeswoman said today.

The one-alarm fire was reported at about 8:15 p.m. at the shopping center, located at 865 Market St.

The blaze started in a restaurant on the mall's fourth floor and produced a large amount of smoke, prompting the evacuation of the fifth floor, fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was extinguished by about 8:40 p.m., Talmadge said.

The fire was determined to have started in a flue at the restaurant, and flue fires are often the result of a buildup of grease or other residue, according to Talmadge.

Fire officials this morning did not immediately have an estimate for the amount of damage caused by the fire.

Driver Sought After San Francisco Hit-And-Run Crash Injures Three, One Critically

San Francisco police are seeking the driver of a black sedan who fled after crashing into a pole and injuring three passengers early Monday morning, a police spokesman said today.

The crash was reported at 2:32 a.m. Monday near Mission Street and Geneva Avenue.

The driver walked away from the crash, which caused life-threatening wounds to a 36-year-old woman in the car and also injured two other passengers in their 20s, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

The Police Department's hit-and-run unit is investigating the crash, Shyy said.

The vehicle has been impounded and the registered owner has been identified, but police are conducting interviews to determine who was driving the car, Shyy said.

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

Flea Fogger Sends San Mateo Trailer Park Residents To Hospital

Eight people were taken to hospitals Monday night after being exposed to a pesticide at a San Mateo County trailer park, a battalion chief said.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and the Redwood City Fire Department responded to Sequoia Trailer Park in North Fair Oaks after receiving a 911 call from someone requesting medical aid at about 8:10 p.m., Redwood City fire Battalion Chief Daniel Abrams said.

Two residents who had apparently been using a fogger to exterminate fleas were found inside their trailer in a cloud of pesticide, Abrams said.

Those two residents and a neighbor were washed off and taken to a hospital to be treated for shortness of breath and eye irritation, Abrams said.

Five emergency responders were also taken to a hospital as a precaution and were later released, he said.

A hazardous materials team responded to the trailer park to monitor the situation.

No evacuations were necessary, though trailer park residents were asked to shelter in place for about an hour, Abrams said.

Fire officials reminded residents to follow all written instructions when handling household chemicals.

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Toll Plaza Killer's Sentencing Delayed

Sentencing was delayed this morning for a man who gunned down his ex-girlfriend and her friend at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll plaza in 2009.

Nathan Burris, 49, of Richmond, was convicted of two counts of murder last month for stalking and killing Richmond woman and Caltrans toll-taker Deborah Ross, 51, and Ersie "Chuckie" Everette, 58, a Golden Gate Transit bus driver from San Leandro, on Aug. 5, 2009.

The jury later gave Burris the death penalty, with his sentencing set for this morning.

Since Burris represented himself at his trial, he has the right to access a county law library and to make phone calls in preparation for court hearings.

But Burris' attorney Larry Barnes, who is acting as his advisory counsel, told the court today that the sheriff's department illegally prevented his client from doing research for his hearing.

Judge John W. Kennedy agreed to continue the sentencing to Jan. 18 to grant Burris his right to prepare for the hearing.

"This is a matter of great importance not only to Mr. Burris, but to the families of the victims," the judge said. "There is a cost to both sides, and it's a substantial cost."

Several of the victims' family members attended the sentencing hearing this morning.

Burris hurled expletive-laden insults at the family members, as he has done throughout the trial, after they laughed at something he said.

"You can keep laughing, but they ain't coming back," he said.

Sinkhole Prompts Closure Of Contra Costa's Marsh Creek Road

A portion of Marsh Creek Road in Clayton is closed because a sinkhole is starting to form there, according to Contra Costa County's Public Works Department.

Public works maintenance crews have discovered that a section of Marsh Creek Road between Deer Valley Road and Pine Lane has been compromised, city officials said.

Due to recent rains, a culvert under Marsh Creek Road in the vicinity of Morgan Territory Road has failed, according to the city.

Public works employees are at the scene this morning working to determine the extent of the damage.

Residents who live between Pine Lane and Deer Valley Road will still be able to access their homes, city officials said.

One-Alarm Residential Fire In Richmond Sends One Occupant To Hospital With Smoke Inhalation 

A one-alarm house fire in Richmond sent a resident to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation early this morning, a Richmond fire battalion chief said.

The fire was reported at about 2:30 a.m. at a single-family home in the 6300 block of Jerilynn Avenue, Richmond fire Battalion Chief Manly Moulton said.

The sole occupant of the house was transferred by ambulance to a hospital, Moulton said.

The fire was under control within 30 minutes and no other injuries were reported.

Firefighters believe the flames were sparked by hot ashes in the fireplace, Moulton said.

United Way Giving Away Books, Gifts To Children In East San Jose

United Way of Silicon Valley will be handing out gift-wrapped books and other holiday presents at three East San Jose elementary schools this week.

The organization is focusing on schools in parts of the city with high poverty rates and where many of the students' families are unable to afford presents during the holiday season, United Way officials said.

The gifts will be given out this afternoon during the school day at Arbuckle Elementary School on Cinderella Lane. The children will be opening their presents at the event.

United Way of Silicon Valley will also distribute gifts and books on Friday morning at San Antonio Elementary School and on Friday afternoon at Cesar Chavez Elementary School.

The gift-giving events are meant to both improve literacy and to promote a sense of community in East San Jose, according to United Way.

DUI Driver Hits Fire Hydrant, Sand Hill Road Closed Near Stanford University Due To Flooding

A stretch of Sand Hill Road near Stanford University in Palo Alto was closed this morning after a suspected DUI driver struck a fire hydrant, flooding the roadway, according to police.

The driver was arrested after the crash, which happened on Sand Hill Road between El Camino Real and Arboretum Road, near the Palo Alto Caltrain station, police said.
No injuries were reported.

18-Year-Old Suisun City Man Arrested For Posting Threats To Duplicate Shooting Tragedy 

Police on Monday arrested an 18-year-old Suisun City man who had allegedly been posting comments online indicating that he supported the actions of the school shooter in Connecticut and had thoughts of possibly committing similar acts.

Fairfield police received information that Sergio Cabada was posting threats online on Monday morning.

At about 3:30 p.m., detectives served a search warrant at Cabada's home in Suisun City, police said.

Cabada was home at the time the search warrant was served. Several items were seized to complete the criminal investigation and to prevent future acts of violence, police said.

Cabada was arrested without incident and booked into Solano County Jail on felony charges of making criminal threats.

Two Injured In Five-Car Crash Near Oakmont When Driver Fell Asleep

The driver of a pickup truck caused a five-car crash on state Highway 12 south of Santa Rosa on Monday morning when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

Kyle Thompson, 25, of Santa Rosa, was driving a 2003 Ford pickup east on Highway 12 just east of Melita Road, near Oakmont, around 9:05 a.m. when he nodded off, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

The Ford crossed over the double-yellow line and sideswiped a trailer that was being towed by a big-rig, Sloat said.

The Ford then struck a 2012 Toyota Highlander in the westbound lane of the highway, causing the Highlander to spin out. The Highlander was then struck by a Toyota pickup that was behind it in the westbound lane, Sloat said.

The Highlander ran off the road and struck a utility pole, and the Toyota pickup swerved into the eastbound lane and struck a 1999 Mercury Sable, Sloat said.

The collisions closed the road for an hour and a half while drivers were removed from their vehicles and the scene was cleared, Sloat said.

Thompson and Annathea Henton, 41, of Calistoga, who was driving the Toyota Highlander, suffered moderate injuries and were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Sloat said.

Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the collision, Sloat said.

SF Driver Sought After Hit-and-Run Crash Injures Three

San Francisco police are seeking the driver of a black sedan who fled after crashing into a pole and injuring three passengers early Monday morning, a police spokesman said today.

The crash was reported at 2:32 a.m. Monday near Mission Street and Geneva Avenue. The driver walked away from the crash, which caused life-threatening wounds to a 36-year-old woman in the car and also injured two other passengers in their 20s, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

The Police Department's hit-and-run unit is investigating the crash, Shyy said.

The vehicle has been impounded and the registered owner has been identified, but police are conducting interviews to determine who was driving the car, Shyy said.

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

 

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Woman Accused of Abandoning Newborn Pleads Not Guilty

A woman accused of abandoning her newborn baby in San Francisco's Bayview District last week pleaded not guilty to child cruelty and neglect charges today.

Nneka Nash, 39, pleaded not guilty in San Francisco Superior Court to felony willful cruelty to a child and misdemeanor failure to provide care to a child.

The charges stem from an incident that began at about 2 a.m. last Wednesday, when officers responded to a request for a welfare check at Third Street and McKinnon Avenue and found a man holding a bloody baby wrapped in a jacket, police Chief Greg Suhr said Monday.

The officers, Matt Cloud and Steve Gritsch, have been hailed as heroes by Suhr and other city officials for their quick actions to save the baby boy, who was unresponsive when police first encountered him.

The officers called for an ambulance, then decided to take the child to the hospital themselves rather than wait.

Cloud drove the patrol car while Gritsch -- a former emergency medical technician in the North Bay -- performed CPR on the baby. Upon arrival at San Francisco General Hospital, the young boy was revived and is expected to survive, police said.

Other officers found Nash a short time later and also took her to the hospital.

She was arrested upon her release, and was uncooperative during her initial appearance in court today. After entering the plea and being ordered by Judge Samuel Feng to stay away from the baby and to steer clear of a two-square-block area in the Bayview, Nash appeared defiant, saying to Feng, "I want to know when I'll get out."

The judge told Nash to talk to her attorney from the public defender's office, and she was taken back to county jail, where she remains in custody on $20,000 bail.

"This is just a sad situation," Feng said. Nash will return to court on Wednesday morning to set a date for the preliminary hearing in the case.

 

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SF: Man Sentenced to Prison, Ordered to Pay Restitution in Sex Abuse Case

A 68-year-old man convicted for sexually abusing a young family member was the first child molestation defendant ever ordered in San Francisco to pay restitution for non-economic damages to the victim as part of his sentence on Friday, prosecutors said today. 

Ricardo Asturias, 68, was convicted in October and sentenced Friday in San Francisco Superior Court to 16 years and eight months in prison, along with having to pay $625,000 in restitution to the victim, according to the district attorney's office.

Asturias was the first child molestation defendant ever ordered by a San Francisco judge to pay restitution for non-economic damages, defined as pain, suffering or emotional distress, district attorney's office spokeswoman Stephanie Ong Stillman said.

The state's penal code was changed in 1996 to allow for restitution to victims in felony child molestation cases, Stillman said.

Asturias had been accused of repeatedly sexually abusing the family member, starting in January 2008 when she was 4 years old and ending in October 2010, prosecutors said.

After the victim's mother told police about the allegations, investigators obtained computers belonging to Asturias and found nearly 1,000 images of child pornography, prosecutors said.

The victim testified against Asturias during the trial, as well as his two biological children who said he also sexually abused them more than 30 years ago, according to the district attorney's office.

A jury deliberated for just 45 minutes on Oct. 23 before finding Asturias guilty of sexually abusing a minor and possessing child pornography, both felonies, prosecutors said.

As part of the sentence, he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

"While this unprecedented sentence does not take away the years of abuse the victim endured, we hope it sends a powerful message that San Francisco will punish those who abuse vulnerable children," District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement.

 

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San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Suisun City: 18-Year Old Arrested for Posting Threats to Duplicate Shooting Tragedy

Police arrested an 18-year-old Suisun City man on Monday, who had been posting comments on the Internet indicating that he supported the actions of the school shooting in Connecticut and had thoughts of possibly committing similar acts.

Fairfield police received information that Sergio Cabada was posting threats online on Monday morning.

At about 3:30 p.m., detectives served a search warrant at the home of the suspect in Suisun City, police said.

Cabada was home at the time the search warrant was served.

Several items were seized to complete the criminal investigation and to prevent future acts of violence, police said.

Cabada was arrested without incident and booked into Solano County jail on felony charges of criminal threats.

Regional: Gun Buyback Events Overwhelmed in SF, Oakland this Weekend 

In the wake of the massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut, police in Oakland and San Francisco were overwhelmed with people handing over firearms at gun buyback events this weekend, San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said Monday.

Nearly 300 guns were brought to the event on Saturday at the Omega Boys Club in San Francisco on Saturday while about 300 more were brought to Saint Benedict's Church in Oakland, Suhr said.

"We far exceeded whatever we thought we could get ... based on all the other gun buybacks," he said.

Residents who turned in a working, unloaded gun received $200 per gun on up to three guns, but because of the high volume of guns handed over, roughly half of the people had to be given vouchers for the money and organizers are currently looking for funding sources to pay them, Suhr said.

The chief said the high numbers were likely attributed to the shooting that left more than two dozen students and staff dead at an elementary school a day earlier, a case Suhr called "unimaginable."

He said, "We're doing everything we can make sure that those things don't happen ever again anywhere."

Speaking at an unrelated event in the city's Bayview District Monday, Suhr said many of the people who came to the gun buyback event were relieved to be rid of the firearm.

"A lot of the commentary we got was 'I'm so glad I get to have this out of my house,'" he said, adding that there are also "a lot of cops here in the Bayview that are happy that those guns are off the streets."

Pleasant Hill: Threatening Call to Middle School Leads to Brief Lockdown this Morning

A Pleasant Hill middle school was briefly locked down Monday morning after someone called in a threat to the school, according to a Pleasant Hill police sergeant.

Around 10 a.m. someone called Sequoia Middle School, located at 265 Boyd Road, and said, "You're next," according to Sgt. Tim Frank.

Police immediately arrived and searched the school for suspicious objects and activity.

The campus was given the all-clear by 10:40 a.m., Frank said.

Faculty and staff were alerted about the threat and no one was able to leave the campus, however classes were not interrupted, Frank said.

Frank said the school and police exercised an "abundance of caution" following Friday's elementary school shooting rampage in Connecticut and other recent threats in Pleasant Hill.

Other incidents in the past few weeks include a bomb threat at Pleasant Hill Elementary School last week and juveniles blowing up a mailbox with a homemade bomb a few days before that.

Frank said police are investigating who called the school.

Sunnyvale: Man Allegedly Wielding Hammer Struck, Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

A man who was struck in an officer-involved shooting following an apparent family fight and an attack on an officer Saturday evening in Sunnyvale died that night, according to Sunnyvale public safety officials.

Officers responded to Tartarian Way at 5:56 p.m. after reports of a family fight in which a man had attacked a fellow family member, public safety officials said.

One of the arriving officers walked toward the home and while at the intersection of Middlebury Drive and Tartarian Way a man holding a hammer confronted him, officials said.

The officer ordered the man to stop and drop the hammer.

Instead the man apparently charged at the officer, prompting the officer to fire shots, officials said.

The suspect was struck by the gunfire.

Medical personnel responded to the officer-involved shooting and took the suspect to Stanford Hospital.

The suspect, a Sunnyvale resident, was taken into surgery, however he was pronounced dead that night, officials said.

The sole officer fired at the suspect. He is a four-year veteran of the department.

He has been placed on administrative leave, in accordance with department procedures, as the case is investigated.

Oakland: Couple Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering Neighbor

A married couple pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge that they murdered their neighbor in East Oakland in August. Larry Alford and Donisha Rene Allen, both 22, are scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on Jan. 28 for a pretrial hearing.

Alford and Allen are accused of killing 21-year-old Demetria Spears at their apartment complex in the 1900 block of 85th Avenue at about 9:35 p.m. on Aug. 25.

Oakland police Officer Robert Rosin said in a probable cause declaration filed in court that Alford was involved in an altercation with Spears but didn't say what the altercation was about.

Rosin said, "Alford armed himself with a firearm and shot the victim, who succumbed to her injuries and died."

He said Alford also shot and attempted to murder Spears' 14-year-old cousin, who was hospitalized for treatment for the injuries he suffered in the shooting.

Authorities haven't disclosed what role Allen allegedly played in the shooting.

In addition to the murder charge for Spears' death, Alford and Allen also are charged with attempted murder for the shooting of Spears' cousin.

Alford, in an unusual move, turned himself in to police at Oakland police headquarters on Sept. 5.

Although Spears was killed nearly four months ago, Allen's attorney, Mario Andrews, said he still wasn't ready for Allen to enter a plea Monday because he wants more time to review police reports on the case.

But Judge Carrie Panetta ordered Allen and Alford to enter their pleas Monday, saying they initially were scheduled to enter pleas back on Sept. 7 and the case has already been postponed multiple times since then.

Co-defendants are barred from communicating with one another while they're in custody, but Andrews asked that an exception be made for Allen and Alford because they're married and have children and want to communicate with each other about arranging care for their children.

But Panetta refused to make an exception for them, saying they're involved in an important murder case.

The judge said Allen and Alford will have to continue to work with their children's grandparents to arrange for the care of their children.

SF: Man Gets Stuck in Chimney at Presidio Heights Apartment Building

A man got stuck in a chimney at an apartment building in San Francisco on Sunday night and while investigators are unsure why he ended up there, they have ruled out that it was Santa Claus doing a pre-Christmas test run, a police spokesman said Monday.

Officers responded shortly before 11:35 p.m. to the 3300 block of Clay Street in the city's Presidio Heights neighborhood, where the man was reportedly trapped in a ventilation duct, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

After being stuck in there for roughly an hour, fire crews were able to free the man after dislodging some bricks in the chimney.

He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with minor cuts and scrapes, Shyy said.

No charges are pending against the man, according to Shyy, who said he did not know why the man ended up in the chimney.

While the incident occurred just nine days before Christmas and a day after the popular SantaCon event in San Francisco, Shyy said there were no reports that the man was dressed as Santa.

SF: Judge Promises to Rule Quickly on Challenge to Prop 35 Provision

A federal judge in San Francisco heard arguments but made no immediate ruling Monday on a bid to block a voter initiative's mandate that California's 73,000 registered sex offenders must disclose their online screen names and Internet service providers to police.

"I will be coming out with a ruling as quickly as I can," U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson told lawyers for two offenders, the state and the measure's sponsors after hearing two hours of arguments on the offenders' motion for a preliminary injunction.

The challenged mandate is part of Proposition 35, a ballot initiative intended to crack down on sex trafficking.

It was approved by 81 percent of state voters in November.

Two anonymous offenders and a group called California Reform Sex Offender Laws say the requirement, encompassing the offenders' use of discussion blogs, social media, e-mail and other Internet sites, violates their constitutional rights to free speech and due process.

"Our essential arguments are that this law is far too broad, sweeps in far too many people and sweeps in far too many types of Internet use," American Civil Liberties Union attorney Michael Risher told Henderson.

"It's also impossibly vague," Risher said.

Supervising Deputy California Attorney General Robert Wilson, defending the law, argued that the requirement will help officers find online predators and is a minimal addition to the identification information already required of registered offenders.

"The purpose is to be able to find somebody if we need to," Wilson contended.

The disclosure requirement "is nothing more than another location-information tool that law enforcement can use," he said.

"The burden on the registrants is negligible.

We're talking about filling in two blanks on a four-page form they already have to fill out," Wilson told Henderson.

In a brief filed last month, Wilson wrote, "Possession of this information may provide enough of a head start to save a victim's life."

Oakland: Two Men Plead Not Guilty in Fatal Shooting at KFC Restaurant

A convicted drug dealer and another man pleaded not guilty Monday to murder and attempted murder charges for a shooting at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in East Oakland on Aug. 16.

Anthony Paige, 27, who previously was convicted of drug-related charges, and Terry Austin, 27, are accused in the killing of 25-year-old Demariae Clay and the wounding of Karianna Valentina Threets while the victims were waiting for food in the drive-through lane of the restaurant at 73rd Avenue and International Boulevard at about 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 16.

The victims were in Threets' Lexus with Clay driving, according to Oakland police.

Officer Robert Trevino said in a probable cause statement filed in court that a witness saw Paige and Austin jump over a fence from the 1400 block of 72nd Avenue into the KFC parking lot.

The witness then saw both suspects brandish handguns, approach the victims' car and then shoot into the car, according to Trevino.

Paige and Austin got into an awaiting vehicle and fled the scene, the witness told police.

However, the witness saw the suspects drop a piece of evidence and when police tested a latent fingerprint on it the print matched Paige's prints, Trevino said.

Paige was arrested for murder and taken into custody on Sept. 4.

Austin was arrested on Nov. 21.

Trevino said when Paige was interviewed on Sept. 4 he denied being in the area of the restaurant at the time of the shooting but when he was re-interviewed on Sept. 6 he admitted to showing up at the shooting scene but only after the shooting had taken place.

Police didn't disclose the nature of the piece of evidence that they believe connects Paige to the shooting.

In addition to murder and attempted murder, Paige is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and of having two prior felony convictions, one in 2010 was for selling a controlled substance and one in 2005 was for selling or transporting marijuana.

Paige and Austin are scheduled to return to court on Jan. 14 for a pretrial hearing.

Rohnert Park: Alabama Man Arrested for Pimping Girls at Motel

Rohnert Park police arrested an Alabama man Monday morning who was traveling across the country with two girls, ages 17 and 18, and pimping them against their will, a police sergeant said.

Jeremy Tyron Mickens, 30, of Hoover, Ala. was arrested around 9 a.m. at the Good Night Inn at 5040 Redwood Drive, Sgt. Aaron Johnson said. Police responded to a report of a battery at the motel and found a juvenile girl with injuries on her head and face, Johnson said.

Evidence of human trafficking was found in one of the two motel rooms involved, Johnson said. Mickens worked for several companies doing inventory control and forced the girls to go with him, Johnson said.

One of the girls said they left Alabama four months ago, Johnson said.

The 17-year-old girl told police she had been to Kansas, Texas, Oregon and California, Johnson said.

The girl said she had no money or way to get home to Alabama, Johnson said.

Both girls will be taken to an undisclosed location for their safety until they can return home, Johnson said.

Mickens used a computer and cellphone to post photos of the girls on a website frequented by men looking for prostitutes, Johnson said.

Mickens was booked into the Sonoma County jail for pimping, pimping of a minor, false imprisonment, cruelty to a child, battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

His bail is $250,000. He will be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court.

Oakland: Three Suspects are Arrested in Shooting Deaths of Two Teen Girls

Three suspects have been arrested in the brutal shooting deaths of two teenage girls near Brookdale Park in East Oakland three weeks ago, police confirmed Monday.

However, police aren't yet releasing the names of the two men and the teenage boy who are in custody for the deaths of 15-year-old Raquel Gerstel and 16-year-old Bobbie Sartain in the 2600 block of Minna Avenue, near Brookdale, shortly before 6 a.m. Nov. 25.

It's expected that police will present the case to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office today to consider filing charges against the suspects.

The two girls were friends who grew up together in Alameda. Gerstel lived in San Leandro and was a freshman at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo.

Sartain lived on High Street in Oakland, a few blocks away from the scene of the shooting, but it's unclear if she was attending school.

The shooting deaths of the teenage girls sparked community outrage because they were each shot multiple times.

Oakland police have provided few details to the news media but Jayne Nayman, who lives near the shooting scene and heard the shooting, said police told residents that they found 36 shell casings at the scene.

SF Bay Area Tuesday Morning Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy skies are likely in the Bay Area this morning. Highs are expected to be in the lower 50s with northwest winds up to 20 mph.

Mostly clear skies are likely tonight. Lows are expected to be in the lower 40s, with northwest winds up to 20 mph.

Sunny skies are likely on Wednesday. Highs are expected to be in the lower 50s, with southeast winds up to 10 mph.

 

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Concord High School Student Identified As Victim Of Fatal Shooting

An East Bay high school senior is being mourned today after he was killed in a shooting in San Francisco's Bayview District on Saturday night.

The teen, identified by the medical examiner's office as 17-year-old Montreal Blakely, was shot in the first block of Osceola Lane at about 10 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Blakely was taken by a friend to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

The Concord High School student played on the football team as a starting defensive back, according to coaches.

"He was a great kid, great teammate," head coach Brian Hamilton said. "He was super friendly and conscientious ... it's a real tragedy."

Many students at the school organized via social media to wear black today to mourn Blakely, and a vigil for him is planned at the football field at 7 p.m. Friday, Hamilton said.

The team's defensive coordinator, Randy Coddington, said Blakely was a team leader.

"He was very hard-working, got really good grades. Everyone on the team liked him," Coddington said.

San Francisco police said today they had no information on possible suspects.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Police Department's homicide detail at (415) 553-1145, the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with "SFPD" in the message.

 

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Christmas Tree Goes Up In Flames During Safety Demonstration

It takes Santa all of Christmas night to deliver presents, but it only takes seconds for the holiday to potentially go up in flames.

A Christmas tree was ignited, sending flames nearly 10 feet into the air, and burned to its stem in less than two minutes in front of St. Francis Memorial Hospital on Eddy Street this morning in San Francisco.

Fire officials set up the demonstration to show the danger of having trees inside homes.

"Typically when the trees are placed, they're in the living room, the family room where there is a lot of combustible materials," San Francisco fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said. "As you can see, that was a 6-foot tree but when it got going the flames were up to about 9 feet. There is definitely the possibility of it extending and growing."

There are between 30 and 50 tree fires in San Francisco during the holiday season annually and between five to 10 of those are inside the home, which can turn into a structure fire and potentially cause major damage.

Hayes-White recommends having the tree for no more than three weeks and getting the tree as close to Christmas as possible. She also said to give it space and not place it next to heating sources or other combustibles.

San Francisco District Supervisor David Chiu and Assemblyman Phil Ting were also at the event and Chiu emphasized the importance of the demonstration.

"One of the things that has been a pretty intense experience for me over the past four years as the district supervisor here is just the sheer number of fires we have," Chiu said. "But most importantly the fires we have during the holidays."

"We all know at any moment bad things can happen," Chiu said. "I think it's really important we do this demonstration to again let the public know, educate the public what can happen, what shouldn't happen and ensure we enjoy the holiday season the way it should be."

Watering the trees every day while inside a home is recommended. The San Francisco Fire Department also recommends not using flammable decorations.

Engine 41 assisted in the lighting and extinguishing of the tree.

 

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Body Of Man Who Fell Into Mare Island Strait Found In East Bay Park

A man hiking at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline found the body of a Fair Oaks man Sunday who is believed to have fallen into the Mare Island Strait earlier this month, East Bay Regional Park police Lt. Jon King said.

The hiker found the body of 77-year-old Philip Mattingly near the northwest corner of the park around 11:20 a.m., King said.

The Contra Costa County coroner's office said an autopsy today determined Mattingly drowned.

Vallejo police Lt. Jim O'Connell said foul play is not suspected.

Mattingly was last seen working on his tugboat, the "Eugene H", on Berth No. 10 at 980 Nimitz Drive on the east shore of Mare Island around 5 p.m. on Dec. 8, Vallejo police said.

The U.S. Coast Guard and a dive team from the Solano County Sheriff's Office searched for Mattingly on Dec. 8 and a sonar device was used the next day.

 

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Service Resumes On Dublin-Pleasanton Line

BART service on the Dublin-Pleasanton line has resumed after temporarily being stopped this afternoon due to a reported natural gas odor, a spokeswoman said.

PG&E advised BART officials to stop the trains at about 11:45 a.m. Trains were stopped in both directions.

Service resumed about 12:10 p.m., according to BART.

 

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BART Trains Stopped Due To Natural Gas Odor

BART trains on the Dublin-Pleasanton line have been stopped this afternoon due to a natural gas odor, a spokeswoman said.

PG&E advised BART officials to stop the trains at about 11:45 a.m.

Trains have been stopped in both directions.

 

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Suspects Rob Man After Asking Him To Help With Broken-Down Car

A man who thought he was helping a woman with her broken-down car was instead robbed at gunpoint by her and three other suspects early this morning in San Francisco's Laurel Heights neighborhood, police said.

The robbery was reported at about 12:50 a.m. in the first block of Masonic Avenue.

The 41-year-old victim was approached by the woman who asked for assistance with her car, according to police.

Shortly afterward, three other suspects approached and one pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim's property, police said.

The man handed over his wallet and cellphone and the woman and three men, all believed to be in their 20s, ran away. They had not been found as of this morning, according to police.

The victim was not injured in the robbery.

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San Francisco Bay Area Monday Midday News Report

Santa Clara Police Call Off Search For Second Burglary Suspect

Santa Clara police called off a search for a second home burglary suspect this morning after one suspect was arrested, according to a lieutenant.

Around 7:50 a.m., someone called to report two suspicious males in the area of Washington and Newhall streets, police Lt. Matt Hogan said.

Officers responded and spotted two males who matched the caller's description walking through the neighborhood, according to Hogan.

Upon noticing the officers, the suspects ran through the neighborhood.

Police were quickly able to arrest one suspect, however around 8:10 a.m. an area search was conducted to find the second suspect, Hogan said.

Residents in homes in about a square block area were told to stay indoors and report anything suspicious, while a K-9 unit assisted police in a yard-to-yard and door-to-door search for the suspect that continued until about 10:30 a.m., Hogan said.

The search ended when the police could not find the second suspect.

Hogan said police have exhausted any possible leads on the suspect's whereabouts.

The first suspect was arrested on theft charges stemming from an incident at home in Santa Clara that was burglarized sometime this morning, Hogan said.

Judge To Hear Arguments On Bid To Block Prop 35 Internet Disclosure Requirements

A federal judge will hear arguments in San Francisco this morning on a motion to block a voter initiative's requirement that California's 73,000 registered sex offenders must give police a list of their online screen names and Internet service providers.

The provision is part of Proposition 35, a ballot initiative intended to crack down on sex trafficking. The measure was approved by 81 percent of state voters in November.

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson will consider a bid by two anonymous offenders and a group called California Reform Sex Offender Laws for a preliminary injunction suspending the measure until a full trial is held on their civil rights lawsuit challenging the provision.

Henderson last month issued a temporary restraining order blocking the requirement for the time being, saying that the lawsuit raised "serious questions" about whether the provision violated the constitutional First Amendment guarantees of free speech.

The plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, contend the requirement infringes on their right to discuss law reform and other topics online anonymously. They also argue the requirement violates their due process right because it is allegedly overly broad and unclear.

The lawsuit does not challenge other provisions of Proposition 35 that increase sentences and fines for people convicted of sex trafficking.

The initiative drive was led by Chris Kelly, a former Facebook chief privacy officer, and Daphne Phung, the founder of a group called Californians Against Slavery.

They have said the disclosure requirement is intended to "help combat the rampant use of the Internet and social media for sexual exploitation of minors and women."

The lawsuit does not challenge other provisions of Proposition 35 that increase sentences and fines for people convicted of sex trafficking.

At today's hearing, Henderson will also consider a bid by Kelly and Phung to join the state Attorney General's Office as official parties in the case to defend the initiative.

The Attorney General's Office has told the judge that state officials will not be able to enforce the requirement until March.

Henderson could either rule on the motions from the bench or issue a written decision at a later date.

Police Investigating Suspicious Death Of Teen In Bayview

San Francisco police are investigating the suspicious death of a 16-year-old girl in the city's Bayview District.

Officers saw the girl down on the sidewalk around 12:45 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Quesada Avenue and Jennings Street.

The officers began CPR and called for an ambulance after seeing that the girl was in distress, but she was pronounced dead on arrival, according to police.

The girl has been identified by the medical examiner's office as Jaynice Johnson.

Investigators eventually went to the victim's home and, based on the conditions there, determined some sort of abuse had taken place. A 46-year-old man there was detained as a possible suspect in the death, police said.

More information about the case, including the suspect's name and relationship to the victim, was not being released as of this morning, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

Walnut Creek Gas Station Store Employee Robbed At Gunpoint

Officers are searching for two men who robbed a Walnut Creek Chevron gas station this morning, police said.

Walnut Creek police responded to an armed robbery at the station at 2329 N. Main St. at 5:27 a.m.

One of the suspects entered the gas station store and demanded money from the employee. Another suspect pulled out a handgun during the robbery, police said.

Both suspects were last seen walking south on N. Main Street towards N. California Boulevard.

Police arrived at the Chevron within minutes but the suspects had already fled.

A perimeter was set up and police used a K-9 unit to assist in the search, but it was unsuccessful.

The first suspect is described as a black man in his mid 20s with a thin build, between 5 foot 10 inches and 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, and black gloves, police said.

The second suspect was also described as a black man in his mid 20s with a thin build, standing between 5 foot 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with long, braided black hair. He was last seen wearing a silver hooded sweatshirt, dark mask, black and white gloves, and he is armed with a handgun, police said.

Police Investigating Suspicious Death Of Woman Found Floating In Hyde Street Harbor

Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 75-year-old woman found floating in San Francisco's Hyde Street Harbor on Friday.

The victim, San Francisco resident Feng Xian Yang Ng, was found floating in the harbor at about noon Friday, according to police.

The woman's cause of death had not been determined as of this morning.

Woman Escapes Possible Attempted Robbery Near Stanford Hospital

A woman escaped a possible attempted robbery on the Stanford University campus Thursday night in Palo Alto after a man approached her and said he was trying to decide whether to grab her handbag, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

The woman in her 20s was walking by herself to her car in the 300 block of Pasteur Drive just east of Stanford Hospital at about 8:20 p.m. when a black man in his 40s approached her, police said.

The man started asking the woman questions such as how long she had worked in the area, how long she had walked in the dark by herself and if she was carrying pepper spray, police said.

After the victim asked why he wanted to know, the suspect, who did not appear to be armed, told her that he was thinking about stealing her bag, police said.

A jogger then ran past and while the suspect seemed distracted, the woman ran to her car. The man did not follow her, police said.

The suspect was described as being about 5 feet 9 inches tall with a thin build, clean-shaven, wearing a blue windbreaker, black pants and a black beanie, police said.

Police do not believe the event is connected to a pair of early morning robbery attempts in downtown Palo Alto that took place Dec. 2.

Man Arrested After Allegedly Attempting To Evade Monterey County Sheriff's Deputies

A woman who scammed eight people out of more than $120,000 in a foreclosure rescue scheme has been sentenced to serve years in state prison, according to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

Blanca Sanchez, also known as Blanca Maciel, preyed upon struggling homeowners in the foreclosure scheme, and had been convicted by a jury in late September of 13 felonies, the district attorney's office said.

Sanchez will serve three years and four months in prison for her crimes. She will also have to make restitution to the victims.

Sanchez focused her scheme on eight Hispanics, posing as a professional trying to help save them from foreclosure, according to the district attorney's office.

All but one of the victims lost their home to foreclosure.

Suspects Rob Man After Asking Him To Help With Broken-Down Care In Laurel Heights

A man who thought he was helping a woman with her broken-down car was instead robbed at gunpoint by her and three other suspects early this morning in San Francisco's Laurel Heights neighborhood, police said.

The robbery was reported at about 12:50 a.m. in the first block of Masonic Avenue.

The 41-year-old victim was approached by the woman who asked for assistance with her car, according to police.

Shortly afterward, three other suspects approached and one pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim's property, police said.

The man handed over his wallet and cellphone and the woman and three men, all believed to be in their 20s, ran away. They had not been found as of this morning, according to police.

The victim was not injured in the robbery.

One Injury Reported In Oakland Apartment Building Fire

One person was treated for smoke inhalation in a two-alarm fire in an Oakland apartment building this morning, a dispatcher said.

The fire was reported at about 7:45 a.m. at 849 Warfield Ave. in a three-story apartment building. Firefighters had the blaze under control by 7:59 a.m.

The cause is not known and damage estimates have not been made available.

Man Shot In The Head In Bayview District

A man was critically injured in a shooting in San Francisco's Bayview District on Friday evening, police said today.

The 36-year-old victim was found shot in the head shortly before 6 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Palou Avenue and Hawes Street, according to police.

He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries that are considered life threatening, police said.

No arrests had been made and no suspect information was immediately available this morning.

Man Found At Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Identified

The body of a man found at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline on Sunday morning has been identified as Philip Mattingly, the Contra Costa County coroner's office confirmed.

The 77-year-old Fair Oaks man was found in the water near the northwest corner of the park. His body was discovered around 11:20 a.m. 

The cause of death remains under investigation.

Victims Bound With Duct Tape During Pine Lake Park Home Invasion Robbery

Three suspects broke into a home and bound victims with duct tape during a robbery early this morning in San Francisco's Pine Lake Park neighborhood, police said.

The home invasion robbery was reported at 3:56 a.m. in the 1600 block of Sloat Boulevard.

The suspects fled following the robbery and had not been found as of this morning, according to police.

The victims were not injured in the incident.

Target Announces Plans To Open Alameda Store Next October

Alameda residents will have a neighborhood Target come next fall, the company has announced.

In 2013, the Minneapolis-based corporation will open 15 new stores nationwide, including at the Alameda Landing Shopping Center at Mariner Square Loop and Stargell Avenue, the company said.

The store will be about 140,000 square feet and will offer what shoppers at Target have come to expect.

In addition, the store will also provide 200 job opportunities. 

Applications will be accepted online and at in-store kiosks three months before the new store opens; there will be job fairs about two months prior to the store's opening.

Shutdown Portion Of Napa County's Silverado Trail Reopens

A stretch of the Silverado Trail that shutdown Sunday night in Napa reopened this morning, according to the Napa County Sheriff's Office and the California Highway Patrol.

The road was closed in both directions Sunday around 9:30 p.m. between Stonecrest Drive and Hagen Road because of an accident that downed power lines, according to the CHP.

Around 9 a.m. today, the road reopened, according to a sheriff's office dispatcher.

Man Arrested After Allegedly Attempting To Evade Sheriff's Deputies 

A Prunedale man was arrested Sunday after leading Monterey County sheriff's deputies on an off-road, high-speed pursuit, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies spotted Cameron Bush, 29, driving a stolen Chevrolet Silverado and they followed him, the sheriff's office said.

Bush led deputies on a high-speed chase and went off-road at Tarpey and Maher roads near Las Lomas in unincorporated Monterey County, the sheriff's office said.

The pursuit went into an agricultural facility, continuing at a high speed until Bush's car stopped running, the sheriff's office said.

Bush attempted to run but was unable to evade the deputies.

He was arrested on suspicion of recklessly evading, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, trespassing and vandalism.

Bush was already sought after for crimes committed in Monterey and San Benito counties, including kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats and spousal abuse, according to sheriff's officials.

Victims Bound With Duct Tape During Home Invasion Robbery

Three suspects broke into a home and bound victims with duct tape during a robbery early this morning in San Francisco's Pine Lake Park neighborhood, police said.

The home invasion robbery was reported at 3:56 a.m. in the 1600 block of Sloat Boulevard.

The suspects fled following the robbery and had not been found as of this morning, according to police.

The victims were not injured in the incident.

Anyone with information about the case is asked 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 Shot In The Head In Bayview District

A man was critically injured in a shooting in San Francisco's Bayview District on Friday evening, police said today.

The 36-year-old victim was found shot in the head shortly before 6 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Palou Avenue and Hawes Street, according to police.

He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries that are considered life threatening, police said.

No arrests had been made and no suspect information was immediately available this morning.

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

 

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Police Investigating Suspicious Death Of Teen In Bayview

San Francisco police are investigating the suspicious death of a 16-year-old girl in the city's Bayview District.

Officers saw the girl down on the sidewalk around 12:45 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Quesada Avenue and Jennings Street.

The officers began CPR and called for an ambulance after seeing that the girl was in distress, but she was pronounced dead on arrival, according to police.

The girl has been identified by the medical examiner's office as Jaynice Johnson.

Investigators eventually went to the victim's home and, based on the conditions there, determined some sort of abuse had taken place. A 46-year-old man there was detained as a possible suspect in the death, police said.

More information about the case, including the suspect's name and relationship to the victim, was not being released as of this morning, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

 

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Police Investigating Suspicious Death Of Woman Found Floating In Water

Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 75-year-old woman found floating in San Francisco's Hyde Street Harbor on Friday.

The victim, San Francisco resident Feng Xian Yang Ng, was found floating in the harbor at about noon Friday, according to police.

The woman's cause of death had not been determined as of this morning.

 

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Judge To Hear Arguments On Bid To Block Prop 35 Internet Disclosure Requirements

A federal judge will hear arguments in San Francisco this morning on a motion to block a voter initiative's requirement that California's 73,000 registered sex offenders must give police a list of their online screen names and Internet service providers.

The provision is part of Proposition 35, a ballot initiative intended to crack down on sex trafficking. The measure was approved by 81 percent of state voters in November.

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson will consider a bid by two anonymous offenders and a group called California Reform Sex Offender Laws for a preliminary injunction suspending the measure until a full trial is held on their civil rights lawsuit challenging the provision.

Henderson last month issued a temporary restraining order blocking the requirement for the time being, saying that the lawsuit raised "serious questions" about whether the provision violated the constitutional First Amendment guarantees of free speech.

The plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, contend the requirement infringes on their right to discuss law reform and other topics online anonymously. They also argue the requirement violates their due process right because it is allegedly overly broad and unclear.

The lawsuit does not challenge other provisions of Proposition 35 that increase sentences and fines for people convicted of sex trafficking.

The initiative drive was led by Chris Kelly, a former Facebook chief privacy officer, and Daphne Phung, the founder of a group called Californians Against Slavery.

They have said the disclosure requirement is intended to "help combat the rampant use of the Internet and social media for sexual exploitation of minors and women."

The lawsuit does not challenge other provisions of Proposition 35 that increase sentences and fines for people convicted of sex trafficking.

At today's hearing, Henderson will also consider a bid by Kelly and Phung to join the state Attorney General's Office as official parties in the case to defend the initiative.

The Attorney General's Office has told the judge that state officials will not be able to enforce the requirement until March.

Henderson could either rule on the motions from the bench or issue a written decision at a later date.

 

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Postal Service Expects Its Busiest Mailing Day Of The Season Today

Of the 18 billion letters, cards and packages mailed using the United States Postal Service during the holiday season, today will be the busiest mailing day, according to the postal service.

An expected 655 million cards, letters and packages will be processed nationwide, the postal service said.

If you haven't had the opportunity to mail out your items, and would choose to opt out of waiting in line, an expedited process is available by using the self-service kiosks at several post offices, according to the postal service.

The kiosks are available 24 hours a day.

 

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