Monday Morning News Roundup
Coast Guard Rescues 6 People In Waters Near Crissy Field
A U.S. Coast Guard crew rescued six people in the waters off of San Francisco’s Crissy Field late Sunday morning, a spokesman said.
The Coast Guard received a report of an outrigger canoe taking on the water near Crissy Field shortly before 11:30 a.m., Coast Guard Ensign
Jake Urrutia said.
A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew responded to the scene and found six people from the canoe in the water, he said.
The crew rescued all six people and they were taken to Station Golden Gate to be evaluated by emergency crews waiting on shore, according to
Urrutia was not aware of any injuries to the six people or why the boat was taking on water.
Police Identify Man Who Allegedly Stole From 10-Year-Old Girl Scout
Police arrested a 23-year-old San Jose man who allegedly stole a cash box from a 10-year-old girl selling cookies with her Girl Scouts troop Sunday afternoon in San Jose.
Police said Cody Gintz allegedly took the cash box from the girl by force around 2:45 p.m. She was selling cookies outside of a Safeway grocery store, located at 1663 Branham Lane, with a group of Girl Scouts, police said.
Police arrived on scene and quickly put out a description of the suspect and the car he was driving, police said.
Other police officers responding to the scene spotted the car nearby and arrested Gintz.
The money and cash box were returned to the girl and her scouts troop. Police said no injuries were reported.
Gintz was booked in the Santa Clara County Jail, police said.
1 Killed, 1 Injured In Collision This Afternoon
The Sunnyvale Department of Public one pedestrian was killed in a traffic collision Sunday afternoon.
The collision occurred in the area of South Wolfe Road and East El Camino Real, according to a post at 3:30 p.m. on the department’s Twitter account.
One person was killed at the scene and another suffered major injuries, public safety officials said.
The public was advised to avoid the area as police conduct an investigation, officials said.
Man Suspected Of Being Armed With Rifle During Standoff Arrested
A 35-year-old man suspected of being armed with a rifle during a standoff with Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies early Saturday morning was arrested, a spokeswoman said.
A SWAT team served a search warrant at a home in the 43000 block of Brushy Ridge Loop in Annapolis, an unincorporated community in Sonoma
County, around 5 a.m., Sonoma County sheriff’s Sgt. Cecile Focha said.
The suspect, identified as Annapolis resident Zechariah Benjamin Schmidt, was hiding in the home, she said.
On Thursday and Friday, the Sheriff’s Office was notified that Schmidt “had become erratic” and people were worried for their safety, according to Focha.
There were also reports that he was armed with a rifle and ammunition, she said.
An investigation into Schmidt determined that he grew up in the area, was an avid hunter and had extensive knowledge of the woods and back roads, she said.
He was also found to be resourceful, proficient in handling a rifle and could live in the forest and off the land, according to Focha.
There were times when Schmidt would not be seen for several days, she said.
The SWAT team and deputies saw him inside the residence early Saturday wearing all camouflage clothing and armed with a rifle, Focha said.
The SWAT team called on Schmidt to surrender but he did not comply with their orders and stayed in the home, she said.
He also taunted deputies, challenged authorities to shoot at him, and said he wouldn’t go to jail, according to Focha.
About an hour later, he stepped out of the home and entered the back porch where he was taken into custody, she said.
Schmidt was booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, being a felon in possession of a firearm and the warrant, according to sheriff’s officials.
He is being held in lieu of $270,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday afternoon.
Woman Arrested After Leading Police On Pursuit From Sebastopol To Santa Rosa
A woman was arrested after she was allegedly struck an officer with her car and led police on a chase on state Highway 12 from Sebastopol to Santa Rosa on Friday night.
Officers responded to a report of a woman stalking a member of a band at HopMonk Tavern at 230 Petaluma Ave. in Sebastopol around 9:45 p.m. Friday, police said.
Arriving officers learned restaurant staff repeatedly asked the woman to leave the business but she refused, according to police.
Employees then used force to move her out of the bar and called police.
While officers were en route, restaurant staff reported the woman had left the business but arriving officers found her inside her silver Toyota Prius at a nearby parking lot, police said.
One of the officers tried to talk to the woman, but she started her car’s engine and quickly drove the vehicle in reverse, hitting the officer, according to police.
The officer, who was not injured in the collision, yelled at the woman and told her to stop the car but she exited the parking lot and drove to eastbound Highway 12, police said.
Another officer saw the vehicle on Highway 12 near state Highway 116, prompting him to activate his emergency lights and siren, but the woman continued down the freeway, according to police.
Police pursued the woman as she continued driving at speeds of about 60 mph on Highway 12 until she stopped for a red light at Fulton Road in Santa Rosa, police said.
Officers got out of their patrol cars and ordered the woman out of her vehicle, then smashed her driver’s side window after she did not comply with their orders.
The officers then removed the woman from the car and placed her in handcuffs, police said.
She was identified as 48-year-old Fremont resident Morgan Greene and was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, evading police and resisting police.
Greene was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital after she complained of glass in her eyes from the smashed window, police said.
Once she was medically cleared, she was transported to county jail where she is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Husband Allegedly Shot Wife Before Shooting Himself
A husband apparently took his wife’s life in Novato on Friday before taking his own life, police said on Sunday.
On Friday at 4:43 p.m., Novato police received a report that two people had been found in bed together, both deceased.
Officers responded to the 800 block of Tamalpais Avenue and police said the officers found two people who suffered apparent gunshots wounds.
A preliminary investigation by the Novato Police Department and the Marin County coroner’s office indicated the suspect, identified as Walter Benson, 88, shot his wife, Betty Benson, 87, before shooting himself, police said.
Police said a weapon was recovered at the scene.
The investigation is continuing but police said there are no outstanding suspects or hazards to the community related to the incident.
Police arrested a 36-year-old Concord resident on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and child endangerment after the driver’s car veered off the roadway and rolled over Sunday afternoon, police said.
Officers responded at 2:09 p.m. to a report of a hit-and-run collision and rollover on Treat Boulevard near Navaronne Way, police said.
Further investigation revealed there was only one car involved in the crash, police said.
The driver apparently lost control of the car and police said the car flipped over two times.
Officers arrested the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence and child endangerment, police said. The child was taken to a hospital and as of around 6:30 p.m., police said the child was in stable condition.
Police said the driver was booked in the county jail in Martinez but declined to identify the driver.
The westbound lanes of Treat Boulevard were partially closed for approximately two hours while officers investigated the scene, police said.
Fire From Malfunctioning Pool Heater Caused Estimated $40k In Damages
Firefighters extinguished a one-alarm fire at an apartment complex in Alameda on Sunday, a fire captain said.
Fire crews responded at 9:42 a.m. to the 2400 block of Shoreline Drive on a report of a fire in an apartment building, Capt. James Colburn said.
Arriving firefighters found flames coming from the rear of a three-story apartment building with smoke showing on the second and third floors and on the roof, Colburn said.
Colburn said the fire was coming from a utility room on the first floor.
A total of 23 firefighters responded and Colburn said fire crews were able to contain the blaze to the single room, with some damage to the room above it, which Colburn said is another utility room.
No one was displaced by the blaze, Colburn said.
The residents of the apartment building were in the process of evacuating when firefighters arrived, but Colburn said there were no injuries reported.
Colburn said investigators determined the cause of the fire was a malfunctioning pool heater and that the fire extended to other combustible components in the room.
He estimated there was roughly $40,000 in damage, including the structure and the contents in the room.
Man Killed In Rollover Crash Found Saturday By Vineyard Manager
A 38-year-old man was killed in a rollover crash that was found by a vineyard manager inspecting the property east of Petaluma on Saturday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The manager notified officers of an overturned car he saw next to a creek at the vineyard in the area of Adobe and Frates roads around 11 a.m. Saturday, CHP officials said.
An investigation determined the 38-year-old man was driving east on Adobe Road west of Frates Road where his gray BMW sedan crossed double lines and entered the westbound lane, according to the CHP.
The vehicle then traveled to the shoulder and overturned through the vineyard before coming to rest 200 feet away from the road, CHP officials said.
The man was the only person inside the car and suffered fatal injuries, according to the CHP.
CHP officials have not determined the speed the car was traveling.
The sedan sustained major damage to its front end, sides and roof, according to the CHP.
There were no witnesses to the crash, but a nearby resident reported that his dogs were barking at about 4 a.m. Saturday, CHP officials said.
The Sonoma County coroner’s office identified him on Sunday as
Sonoma resident Mark Perry.
3-Alarm Fire In Castro Saturday Burns 2 Buildings, Damage Estimated At $1.4 Million
A three-alarm fire in San Francisco’s Castro District that burned two buildings on Saturday displaced a dozen people and resulted in an estimated combined total of $1.4 million in damage, a fire lieutenant said on Sunday.
Firefighters responded to a report of a working fire at 15th and Church streets around 4:10 p.m. Saturday, San Francisco fire Lt. Robert Lopez said.
The incident was quickly upgraded to a second alarm after crews found the fire burning between two buildings, Lopez said.
About 10 minutes later a third alarm was called and the blaze was under control at 5:23 p.m., he said.
The fire damaged an estimated $1 million to property and $250,000 to contents at a three-story building on Church Street, Lopez said.
A two-unit apartment building involved in the fire caused an estimated $100,000 in property damage and $50,000 in damage to contents, according to Lopez.
A third building to the rear of the three-story building sustained water damage stemming from the fire, he said.
The American Red Cross was called to assist 12 adults displaced by the fire, the lieutenant said.
The San Francisco Department of Animal Care and Control was called to care for a cat that suffered smoke inhalation, Lopez said.
No other injuries were reported.
A total of 104 firefighters responded to the blaze, according to Lopez.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Man Rescued After Fall Down Cliff In San Gregorio On Saturday
A man was rescued on Saturday evening after he fell down a cliff in San Gregorio, an unincorporated community in San Mateo County, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said on Sunday.
Shortly before 7:30 p.m., emergency crews responded to a report of a cliff rescue on Cabrillo Highway and La Honda Road in the area of San Gregorio State Beach, San Mateo County sheriff’s Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said.
Crews were able to descend to a 29-year-old man who fell about 30 feet down the side of a cliff, she said.
Once he was rescued, the man was assessed by crews and did not require further assistance, according to Rosenblatt.
Weather Forecast For The San Francisco Bay Area
Skies will be sunny today with highs in the lower 60s and northeast winds of 15 to 20 mph.
Tonight, skies will be clear with lows in the upper 40s and north winds of 5 to 15 mph.
Tuesday, skies will be sunny with highs in the mid 60s. Winds will be from the northeast in the morning at around 5 mph and from the west in the afternoon.