Wednesday News Roundup
POLICE ISSUE 54 TICKETS AND ARREST ONE MAN AS PART OF SPEED ENFORCEMENT
South San Francisco police said they issued 54 speeding tickets and arrested one driver on suspicion of driving under the influence Monday as part of a speed enforcement operation.
In an effort to reduce speed-related collisions, police said they placed officers on El Camino Real, Sister Cities Boulevard and Westborough Boulevard, which are all major roadways with a significant number of speed-related accidents, police said.
Officers used a high-tech Lidar device, which uses infrared laser to accurately measure a vehicle’s speed and distance. As a result of the operation, police said officers handed out 54 speeding tickets and arrested one person.
Mauro Munoz Hernandez, a 35-year-old resident of San Francisco, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to police, Hernandez was speeding at more than double the speed limit at 81 miles-per-hour in the 40-miles-per-hour zone on Sister Cities Boulevard.
Police said Hernandez’s blood-alcohol content was .13 percent, over 1.5 times the legal limit.
“Thanks to this special traffic enforcement operation, a dangerous and potentially deadly driver was removed from our roadways,” Lieutenant Keith Wall said.
According to police, in the last few years, drivers traveling too fast were the most common primary factor in collisions throughout the city. Police said the speed enforcement operations would continue through the year and also into next year.
DRUGS INVOLVED IN WOMANS DEATH AT GREAT STAR THEATER IN SAN FRANCISCO
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is reporting that drugs may have been involved in the death of a 31-year-old Oakland woman whose body was found at the Great Star Theater in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood on Sunday morning.
San Francisco District Attorney’s Office spokesman Alex Bastian said that while the cause of Kelsey Fourdyce’s death remains unknown pending toxicology results, drugs might have been involved in her death, which means the man arrested for homicide in connection with Fourdyce’s death could soon be released from custody.
Fourdyce’s death is being investigated as a homicide after she was located unresponsive inside the theater, located at 636 Jackson St.
Police said they received a call at about 11:55 a.m. Sunday from a man saying that he had found his friend dead inside the theater.
The man who made the call has been identified as Harris Rosenbloom, a 48-year-old San Francisco resident and a promoter for the theater, police said.
According to police, the man said he was sleeping inside the theater and when he woke up, he found the woman dead beside him.
Police arrested Rosenbloom, who was with his lawyer at the theater Sunday, on suspicion of homicide.Investigators are interviewing people who may have been with the suspect or the victim prior to the death.
The nature of the relationship between Rosenbloom and Fourdyce has not been determined and it is unclear why Rosenbloom was sleeping inside the theater, according to police.
According to Kelsey Fourdyce’s LinkedIn profile, she was employed as the lead purchasing manager for smart home devices at MiOS, Ltd, in San Francisco.
Her LinkedIn profile states that she received a B.S. from the University of Illinois and went on to receive a Master’s degree in business from Universite de Neuchatel in Switzerland. In addition to English, she spoke French and Spanish.
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION AIMS TO EMPOWER HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS
A group of Bay Area high school girls will get a chance to win money for college this Saturday by simply being their best selves.
The Distinguished Young Women scholarship program will hold its annual “Be Your Best Self” event, where local high school junior girls will compete to win a spot to represent the Bay Area at the state finals. The event will take place inside the Oakland California Latter Day Saints Temple, located at 4770 Lincoln Ave. in Oakland.
With girls from diverse backgrounds participating, a group of judges will score them on scholastics, interviews, talent, fitness and self-expression, according to the program’s organizers.
Finalists will then be selected to represent regions of the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California at the Distinguished Young Women of California state finals in Bakersfield this June, DYW officials said.
The winner of that competition will then go on to represent the state at the national finals, also scheduled for June, in Mobile, Alabama.
The national scholarship program aims to inspire high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments, according to the program’s organizers.
“Distinguished Young Women is a unique experience,” Bay Area chairwoman Hillary Lupo said. “Girls who excel in some area and struggle in others are given the opportunity to improve their weakness, develop their strengths and be recognized for the hard work they have put in to being the best they can be in all areas of their lives.”
According to Jackie Wibow, who won the title of Distinguished Young Woman of California for the class of 2013, the program has the ability to help change girls for the better.
“As someone with stage fright who doesn’t exactly enjoy the spotlight, choosing to participate in Distinguished Young Women took me out of my comfort zone,” Wibow said.
“However, now I see that the skills I learned through the program have helped me in many fields of life outside of the stage, whether it be success in job interviews or just maintaining a healthy lifestyle by going to the gym everyday,” Wibow said.
Through the program, Wibow won $24,750 in scholarship money. She is currently a freshman at Stanford University.
Distinguished Young Women was first founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, and is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls, according to the program’s organizers.
Since its inception, the program has helped more than 730,000 young women across the country by providing more than $100 million in cash scholarships at the local, state and national levels, organizers said.