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SF: Man in Critical Condition Following Shooting in Inner Mission District

A man is in critical condition after being shot four times in San Francisco's Inner Mission district Monday evening, according to police.

Police received a report of the shooting in the 1300 block of Natoma Street, located near the intersection of South Van Ness Avenue and 14th Street, at 7:54 p.m.

According to the initial police investigation, the suspect approached the victim, conversed and then shot the victim four times.

The suspect fled the scene before police arrived and no arrests have been made. The victim was in critical condition when he was transported to a hospital by ambulance, police said.

Oakland: Teen Pleads Guilty to Murdering His Adoptive Parents

A 16-year-old Oakland boy pleaded guilty in adult court Monday to two counts of murder for killing his adoptive parents in January.

The surprise plea by Moses Kamin shortly before his trial was to begin calls for him to receive a term of 25 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Horner on Jan. 25.

Kamin pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the death of his adoptive mother, 50-year-old Susan Poff, and to first-degree murder for the death of 55-year-old Robert Kamin, at the family's home at 284 Athol Ave. in Oakland the night of Jan. 27.

Kamin was 15 at the time but was charged and prosecuted as an adult.

Poff and Robert Kamin both worked for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and adopted Moses Kamin when he was 6.

Robert Kamin had worked with the San Francisco Sheriff's Department since 1994, providing mental health services to inmates, and had also worked as a psychologist at Haight Ashbury Free Clinics-Walden House.

Poff had been employed as a physician's assistant with the San Francisco Department of Public Health's Housing and Urban Health Clinic since 2004. In a videotaped interview with Oakland police that was played in court at his preliminary hearing, Moses Kamin told investigators he killed his adoptive parents in a fit of anger by using a chokehold he had learned in his years of studying martial arts.

He said he had been suspended from school for smoking marijuana and he didn't want to deal with them being upset at him.

The judge at his preliminary hearing held him for trial, and when Kamin was arraigned a second time, he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Kamin's attorney, Andrew Steckler, said a psychologist found that the teen suffers from a disorder that affects some adopted children.

Steckler, who couldn't immediately be reached for comment Monday, said Kamin has dissociative disorder because of early childhood trauma due to "horrible conditions" he experienced while living with his birth mother, being separated from his siblings and being moved from foster home to foster home.

Kamin's trial had been scheduled to begin soon, and Horner has been holding hearings on a variety of pretrial motions the past two weeks.

SF: Supes Committee Approves Smoking "Right to Know" Ordinance

Legislation that would require San Francisco property owners to tell potential tenants whether smoking is allowed there was approved by a Board of Supervisors committee Monday and sent to the full board for approval.

Under the ordinance, co-sponsored by Supervisors Eric Mar and David Campos, landlords would have to designate whether an apartment in a multi-unit building allows smoking and provide a list of those units to prospective tenants.

Under current laws, prospective tenants "are kept in the dark over whether smoking is permitted in units in close proximity, and this will help to resolve that," Mar said.

Speaking at a news conference before the afternoon meeting of the board's Land Use and Economic Development committee, he said the proposal would reduce nuisance complaints and disputes between neighbors over secondhand smoke.

The legislation was developed with the input of tenant advocates, such as the Mission SRO Collaborative, and landlords represented by the San Francisco Apartment Association, Mar said.

Kendra Froshman, a community organizer with the Mission SRO Collaborative, called the ordinance "a no-nonsense approach to dealing with health issues in SROs and apartments."

The legislation protects tenants by requiring that units be designated based on current lease agreements and could not be changed unless a resident voluntarily agreed to the smoke-free designation, Froshman said.

Charley Goss from the San Francisco Apartment Association said landlords also back the legislation because fewer leases would be broken over complaints over secondhand smoke from neighboring apartments.

Goss said the ordinance would provide more clarity in the city, which has many older buildings with long-term tenants whose leases do not include language about whether smoking is allowed.

Owners with 50 or fewer residential units in the city would have one year to comply with the legislation while those with more than 50 units would have two years, Mar said.

Some speakers at Monday's committee hearing said the city should go further and ban smoking inside apartments, citing a similar ban approved just last week in Petaluma. Mar responded that his legislation was "a first step" and that "we need to do much more" on the issue of smoking.

The board committee ultimately unanimously approved the legislation and sent it to the full board, as well as an ordinance that would ban smoking at certain street fairs and festivals in the city, such as the Haight Ashbury Street Fair and the Fillmore Jazz Festival.

SJ: Witnesses Set to Testify in Case of Man Charged With Rape and Murder of Two Women in 1983

A preliminary hearing in Santa Clara County Superior Court on two 1983 murder-rape cases filed against a San Jose man with the help of DNA evidence is set to start today with testimony from several former peace officers, according to the district attorney's office.

Christopher Melvin Holland, 57, is charged with murder with special circumstances for allegedly raping and killing two women 29 years ago and if convicted could be sentenced to life without parole or the death penalty, Deputy District Attorney David Boyd said.

Holland is charged in the brutal slaying of 17-year-old Cynthia Munoz, found raped, strangled and stabbed in her Campbell home on Aug. 7, 1983, hours after she visited her disabled boyfriend in the hospital, the district attorney's office said.

Holland was first charged with Munoz's death in 2007 after DNA tests on sperm cells from swabs taken from Munoz's body and preserved for 24 years by Campbell police positively matched Holland's DNA, according to court documents.

On July 23, 2011, the district attorney's office charged Holland with the alleged murder and rape of Tara Marowski, 21, a resident of San Jose whose body was located inside her car in an unincorporated section of San Jose a few weeks after she turned up missing in March 1983.

In a 2007 preliminary hearing in the Munoz case, Holland's attorney claimed that one of Holland's friends, Brian Mendez, might have been the one who actually killed Munoz while drunk, according to court documents.

But a DNA analyst from the Santa Clara County Crime Lab testified that sperm from vaginal swabs from Munoz eliminated Mendez and two men who were roommates at the home where Munoz lived, according to court documents.

Boyd said he would have three or four retired peace officers and one current officer testify during the proceedings starting today and continuing this week.

SF: Gascon Announces Ad Campaign to Encourage Traffic Safety

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon Monday announced the launch of an advertising campaign that seeks to highlight traffic safety during the busy holiday season in the city.

The "What's the Rush" campaign is placing ads on San Francisco Municipal Railway bus shelters and on buses for the month of December.

"We still have way too many people getting hurt on our streets," Gascon said. The ad campaign encourages motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to increase their awareness of their surroundings by showing photos taken of some of the bad behavior on city streets.

"Frankly, we had an excess number of photos," Gascon said. "It was just that bad." The campaign comes during the holiday shopping season when the city's streets and sidewalks are often more crowded than usual.

"The higher the density, the worse the behavior," Gascon said. The ads, funded with $25,000 from the district attorney's office, are in English, Spanish and Chinese languages

. "We all have to work together to reduce traffic collisions," he said.

San Francisco historically has the highest per-capita vehicle-pedestrian injury collision rate in the state, and had 17 pedestrian fatalities in 2011 alone, according to the district attorney's office.

Just hours after Gascon's news conference Monday morning, yet another pedestrian was fatally struck in the city, this time at Market and Beale streets.

Alameda Co.: Bicyclist Who Died Was Engineer at Cisco Systems

The bicyclist who died Saturday after crashing into a rock near Fremont was an engineer at Cisco Systems, the giant networking equipment company based in San Jose.

The California Highway Patrol said 66-year-old John Perkins, a Newark resident, died from injuries he suffered in an accident in the roadway near the intersection of Palomares and Niles Canyon Road in a rural area of Alameda County near Fremont at about 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

Cisco chief executive and chairman John Chambers said in a statement, "We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of John Pickens, and the thoughts and prayers of all at Cisco are with the Pickens family."

Chambers said, "John was a beloved member of the Cisco family for more than six years and a distinguished engineer whose intelligence and hard work was admired by all who knew him, including his Cisco colleagues and customers."

Company spokesman Nigel Glennie said Perkins joined Cisco when it acquired Arroyo Networks six years ago.

Glennie said Perkins was a "distinguished engineer," which is Cisco's most senior position for engineers.

The people in those roles exhibit superior leadership, responsibility, and accomplishment in technical and strategic areas critical to Cisco's success, according to Glennie.

Perkins is survived by his wife Melinda and three children, Glennie said. The company has "reached out to the family offering Cisco's support during this difficult time," Glennie said.

Oakland: Two Arrested, Search Continues for Third Armed Robbery Suspect

Two armed robbery suspects were arrested but one evaded capture in a search of an East Oakland neighborhood Monday afternoon, police said.

An officer witnessed the robbery in the 4200 block of Redwood Road at about 12:30 p.m., Sgt. Chris Bolton said.

A victim injured during the robbery was hospitalized with injuries not considered to be life threatening, police said.

The three suspects fled in a vehicle toward 35th Avenue and Interstate Highway 580, Bolton said. Police shut down the area to search for the suspects, including intermittent closures on the freeway.

One suspect was arrested around 1:30 p.m. in 3500 block of Quigley Street, Bolton said, while the second was taken into custody closer to the highway and 35th Avenue around 3:30 p.m.

Police also recovered a weapon from the suspects.

The search concluded sometime Monday evening with the third suspect still at large, police said.

SF Bay Area Morning Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy skies are likely in the Bay Area this morning, with highs expected to be in the upper 50s and winds up to 10 mph.

Rain is likely tonight. Lows are expected to be in the upper 40s, with western winds up to 15 mph.

Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of showers are expected on Wednesday. Highs are likely to be in the mid 50s, with winds up to 20 mph in the afternoon.

 

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