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Man Killed Saturday Night in SF Tenderloin

A San Francisco man who was killed Saturday night in a shooting in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood has been identified as 24-year-old Melsar Godoy, according to the medical examiner's office. Godoy was among two groups of males involved in a shooting in the 800 block of O'Farrell Street at about 9:40 p.m., Sgt. Dennis Toomer said. Godoy was pronounced dead at the scene, Toomer said. A second victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. During the incident, a responding officer fired at one of the armed suspects, but did not hit him, according to police. The suspect fled on foot, and the officer pursued him and took him into custody, according to Toomer. His name has not been released. Two guns were recovered from the scene, Toomer said. It has not been determined if the shooting was gang related.

 

Coast Guard Takes Sailboat Captain into Custody

The U.S. Coast Guard took into custody the captain of a suspicious sailboat that fled from the Sausalito area Saturday evening, a spokesman said. An 87-foot Coast Guard patrol boat was able to intercept the boat two miles west of Ocean Beach around 7 p.m., Officer Mark Leahey said. The boat's captain initially attempted to demand that the boarding party put away its guns, but the unit was able to board and take him into custody, Leahey said. The sailboat initially caught the Coast Guard's attention around 4 p.m. when it was spotted by a unit patrolling in Richardson Bay near Sausalito, Leahey said. The sailboat had no flag flying and no markings of any kind indicating its name or origins, which is highly unusual, Leahey said. The Coast Guard unit attempted to contact and board the boat, but the captain refused permission to board, and may have threatened members of the boarding crew, Leahey said. The coast guard unit called for backup from a larger Coast Guard patrol boat as well as the Sausalito police and the Marin County Sheriff's Office. While it was waiting, however, the boat got underway around 5 p.m. Leahey said the boat was allowed to sail away based on safety considerations at the time. The Coast Guard tailed the boat past the Golden Gate Bridge while it waited for the larger patrol boat to arrive. The sailboat is being taken back to Sausalito and the captain is being taken back to local authorities in Marin County. It is not yet clear what charges he might face, if any, or what his motive was for fleeing the Coast Guard, Leahey said.

 

Elderly Santa Cruz Driver Hits Bicyclist 

A 95-year-old driver struck a bicyclist in Santa Cruz on Saturday afternoon. The elderly woman was apparently making a right turn into a driveway in the 400 block of Walnut Street when she collided with a bicyclist at around 1 p.m., according to Santa Cruz police. A preliminary investigation revealed the driver accelerated instead of applying the breaks and struck the bicyclist, a tree and a parked car before coming to rest against a garage, police said. The bicyclist, a 25-year-old woman, suffered serious injuries to her pelvis and legs, police said. She was airlifted to Valley Medical Center and reported to be in stable condition. There was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved. The driver has been referred to the Department of Motor Vehicles for reexamination, police said.

 

San Jose Police Identify Motorcyclist Crash Victim

A motorcyclist who was killed in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver in San Jose on Friday night has been identified as 60-year-old Noel Reynoso, according to the medical examiner's office. Police said dispatchers received reports of a collision involving a motorcycle and several cars in the 1400 block of White Road around 9:45 p.m. Reynoso, a Santa Clara resident, was found on the ground by emergency responders and pronounced dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation revealed that a Lexus was heading north on White Road when it crossed into the roadway's southbound lane and struck Reynoso, according to police. The driver of the Lexus, a 23-year-old man, was taken to a hospital and treated for what were not believed to be life-threatening injuries. No additional injuries were reported. The man, whose name has not been released, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, drunk driving and hit and run and taken to Santa Clara County Jail. Police said the crash was San Jose's 22nd fatal collision this year.

 

Tropical Weather System Could Reach Bay Area

A tropical weather system bringing rain to parts of the Southwest this weekend could push north to the Bay Area on Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The "monsoonal" air mass today brought heavy rain to portions of Arizona, and scattered dry lightning was reported in the hills around San Diego, forecaster Diana Henderson said. Some scattered light showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms could reach parts of the Bay Area on Monday and last into Tuesday, Henderson said. High clouds associated with the system today were reported around the southern portion of Monterey County, she said. A tropical storm system coming from the south is not unusual for the Bay Area at this time of year, Henderson said.

 

Man Killed on Highway 280

A man who was killed on Interstate Highway 280 in Woodside Sunday morning had likely stopped to help victims of a crash, the California Highway Patrol said. Officers first responded to reports of a crash involving multiple vehicles on southbound Highway 280 north of Woodside Road at about 2:40 a.m., CHP Officer Art Montiel said. A preliminary investigation revealed that the 25-year-old driver of a black Honda allowed his car to clip the rear of a Toyota SUV, causing the Toyota to lose control and strike the center divide, Montiel said. Two people in the SUV suffered minor injuries. Immediately after the crash, a witness in a Jeep pulled over on the right shoulder and got out of his vehicle, apparently to assist the crash victims, Montiel said. As the man crossed the highway, he was struck by an oncoming Infiniti SUV and killed, according to the CHP. Highway 280 was closed for around three hours, and the driver of the Honda, who was later identified as Charles Miranda, of Vallejo, was arrested by the CHP for suspected drunk driving.

 

Four Men Shoot Man and His Daughter in Salinas

Four men fired shots at a man and his 7-year-old daughter in Salinas Sunday afternoon in what police are calling a random and unprovoked attack. The victim, a 35-year-old male, was driving in his pickup truck with his 7-year-old daughter shortly after 1 p.m. when he made a u-turn at Gaviota Drive and Cachuma Court, according to police. Four suspects were driving in a gray BMW on Gaviota as he made the turn, and the right front passenger opened fire with a large caliber semi-automatic pistol, police said. Four rounds struck the pickup but the man and his daughter escaped unharmed. The victim is not a gang member, and did not speak with the suspects. Police said in a statement that the shooting appeared to be "random and unprovoked."

 

New Zealand America's Cup Victory

A New Zealand team suffered a breakdown during the America's Cup Sunday but still sailed to victory over its Italian competitor, race officials said. Emirates Team New Zealand had a clip fail on a sail during the third of seven legs in today's race against Luna Rossa Challenge, race officials said. The crew took around three minutes to detach the sail and throw it overboard for retrieval by the team's chase boat, before sailing on with only the 131-foot tall wing foot sail. The New Zealand team still won by 2 minutes and 19 seconds, scoring their sixth point of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup Challenger series. The two teams are scheduled to race again on Tuesday. A third challenger, Artemis Racing, was knocked out of the race by a fatal accident on May 9 that killed British sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson and damaged its vessel. Race officials had said last weekend that the Swedish team could be back in the race by this weekend, but the team did not appear for a scheduled race on Saturday. Artemis is next scheduled to race against Luna Rossa Challenge on Thursday.

 

Fire in Rohnert Park

Chemicals thrown into a garbage can appear to have spontaneously combusted Sunday afternoon, causing a fire that threatened two Rohnert Park homes, officials said. The fire, which started in a side yard between 843 and 859 Bernice Avenue, was reported around 3:45 p.m., officials said. Calls to 911 reported minor explosions coming from the area. Firefighters found the fire had spread to 843 Bernice Ave. and was threatening the other home. Residents of 843 had self-evacuated, but there was no answer at 859. Officers forced entry and found two dogs inside, who were removed without injury. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within 11 minutes, officials said. Damage was estimated at around $15,000 to $25,000. The fire is thought to have been caused by chemicals that were thrown into an outdoor garbage can. Public safety officials are reminding residents to use caution when disposing of any chemicals, stains, paints and resins, because they can spontaneously combust with little warning.

 

MUNI Bus Collides with Car 

A Muni bus collided with a car Sunday evening at Mission and South Van Ness streets, according to a Muni spokesman. An inbound 49 Van Ness/Mission bus collided with an automobile around 8:50 p.m., Muni spokesman Paul Rose said. No information was available on injuries. Buses were rerouted around the accident, Rose said.

 

El Cerrito Shooting Victims Flee Scene

Police in El Cerrito continue to investigate a Saturday afternoon shooting in which the victims fled the scene, refusing medical help. Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 11700 block of San Pablo Avenue at about 2 p.m., police said. An investigation determined that a male in a car shot at another car with people inside, according to police. The shooter then fled the scene, last seen on Interstate Highway 80, police said. The victims stopped to contact paramedics at a nearby ambulance that was in the area, but before receiving treatment for their injuries, they fled the area, according to police.

 

Oakland Zoo's Male Warthog Has Approval to Breed

The Oakland Zoo's resident male warthog is about to get some female companionship. Three-year-old Simon has won approval from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to breed, and two new females have been brought in to meet with him and hopefully mate, according to zoo officials. The two females, both two years old, were brought in from the Jacksonville Zoo in Florida and from Zoo Atlanta. Zookeepers have been working to slowly introduce them to each other, as warthogs can be a challenge to introduce in captivity. Things have gone well, and Simon is now being introduced into the mix, zoo officials said. Warthogs like to dig for roots and tubers, graze on grass and wallow in the mud, officials said. They can live into their mid to late teens in captivity.

 

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

Mostly cloudy skies and patchy fog are expected in the Bay Area this morning, with a slight chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs are likely to be in the 50s to upper 60s, with southwest winds up to 20 mph. Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected this evening, with patchy fog after midnight. Lows are likely to be in the mid 50s, with westerly winds up to 30 mph. Mostly cloudy skies and patchy fog are likely Tuesday morning, with a slight chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs are expected to be in the upper 50s to lower 70s, with westerly winds up to 20 mph in the afternoon.

 

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