A woman selling a smartphone on Craigslist met the buyer last weekend in the parking lot of the McDonald’s near the Cow Palace, according to police, and the result was a rather slow robbery.
The 42-year-old San Francisco woman met the man at the Geneva Avenue fast food eatery at about 9:20 a.m. Saturday. The victim said she didn’t have a SIM card in the phone, and so the suspect attempted to use his SIM card. After that didn’t work, the patient thief took the time to call the cellular company and get the phone squared away. Read More
Six current or former employees of the San Francisco Unified School District are facing embezzlement and fraud charges stemming from the alleged misuse of an estimated $15 million in grant funding, the district attorney announced Tuesday.
Money earmarked to provide students with support services, nutritional programs and violence-prevention programs was allegedly directed into bonuses, slush funds and unwarranted pay increases. Read More
This Rastafarian insists he’s no “ragamuffin.”
Robert Joseph Simmons, 33, claims he’s not a lazy hippie, or in his words, a “ragamuffin,” but rather a Rastafarian minister whose refusal to abandon his beliefs might land him behind bars for a long time.
Simmons said he’s facing up to eight years in prison over a pot bust because he did not accept a plea agreement with prosecutors last week that would have had him serving just 60 days. Read More
South San Francisco police are hunting for a person who smashed the window of a car and lit it on fire early Tuesday morning.
Witnesses say that just after midnight a person wearing a black hoodie and a mask used a brick to smash the window before throwing a lit container with flammable liquid inside, police said. The suspect then fled in a white four-door sedan.
The fire in a neighborhood near U.S. Highway 101 and Sister Cities Boulevard did not injure anyone. Read More
Never mind your lunch money.
A 16-year-old boy was reportedly mugged for his cellphone by four teenagers outside a high school in the Bayview Monday afternoon.
Police said the robbery occurred about 4 p.m. outside the Metropolitan Arts & Technology High School on Hudson Avenue.
The 16-year-old did not know the suspects, all boys of about the same age, police said. They boys approached him outside school grounds and asked for his phone. When he refused, police said, the suspects jumped him and “knocked him out.” Read More
A one-alarm fire in the Portola neighborhood last weekend not only uncovered an illegal marijuana operation, police said, it also led to the rescue of a neglected dog.
Firefighters responded to a property that houses apartments and a bottom-floor commercial unit in the 2700 block of San Bruno Avenue about 10:45 p.m. Saturday. While putting out the flames, police said, the Fire Department discovered the incident was likely linked to electrical wiring that had been powering the lights of a marijuana grow facility in the bottom unit. Read More
A Woodside man who is on trial for allegedly murdering his wife to cash in on $30 million worth of insurance money admitted he faced financial ruin in the days before her death.
Pooroushash “Peter” Parineh, 67, took the witness stand Monday in his own defense in San Mateo County Superior Court.
Parineh said his real estate holdings before 2007 were worth an estimated $150 million, but by early 2010, they were worth only a few million dollars.
Five properties — including the family home in an exclusive neighborhood in Woodside — were in foreclosure, Parineh said. Read More
The soccer players were apparently the hooligans, not the fans, during an attack Saturday at Youngblood Coleman Park in the Bayview.
A 19-year-old man told police he was jumped from behind by four soccer players after watching a game about 9:45 a.m. Police responded to the area of Mendell Street and Galvez Avenue, where the victim stopped at a taco truck after the match. While waiting in line, police said, the man was attacked from behind by four players from one of the teams. Read More
The Rodent King will remain caged for a bit longer.
Robert Hollywood, 55 – the man who made headlines in 2004 following his arrest for keeping hundreds of rats and mice, dozens of them dead, in his Menlo Park home – was sentenced Friday to 16 months in County Jail after pleading no contest to felony possession of methamphetamine. As part of his sentence, he received 181 days credit for time served, according to prosecutors. Read More
These gardeners allegedly tried to rake in more than weeds.
Two men accused of breaking from their gardening job in order to burglarize a neighbor’s home on Placitas Avenue in North Fair Oaks last month pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday, according to prosecutors.
Victor Oseguera-Rojas, 21, and Ruben Rojas Salas, 24, were allegedly caught hauling bags filled with stolen loot, including two laptop computers, by the mother of the home’s resident on the afternoon of April 11. Read More