Interim police Chief Jeff Godown has made changes to some of his top command positions as Mayor Ed Lee prepares to name a permanent chief, but the chief insisted Sunday that the moves are unrelated.
Godown announced the changes in an internal bulletin to the department early last week.
Assistant Chief Denise Schmitt was shifted from the operations bureau, which oversees the investigations, patrol, airport and Homeland Security divisions, back to her old job as assistant chief of administration, overseeing budget, technology, training and personnel issues. Read More
A 21-year-old woman was hospitalized Saturday after being stabbed in the Bayview district, but may have hampered an investigation by refusing to cooperate with officers afterward, police said.
Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said the woman was stabbed multiple times at about 3:20 p.m. at Third Street and Oakdale Avenue.
She was hospitalized with injuries not considered life-threatening but was “uncooperative” with investigators, Esparza said.
The suspect, described only as 44 years old, was not found, Esparza said. Read More
Three men were attacked in two separate robberies in a three-hour period in the Mission District over the weekend, a San Francisco police spokesman said.At about 10:40 p.m. Friday, a 28-year-old man walking in the 3100 block of Folsom Street was approached from behind by three men in their late teens or early 20s who knocked him down, according to police.One of the men pistol-whipped the victim and the three suspects made off with his laptop and phone, Officer Albie Esparza said. The man was treated at the hospital for minor injuries. Read More
Police on Thursday released two sketches of a man believed to have exposed himself to a woman and then sexually assaulted another woman a few minutes later early Saturday in the Inner Sunset.
In the first incident, at 2:15 a.m., a man followed a woman from Haight and Stanyan streets several blocks to Stanyan and Frederick streets, where he began masturbating as he stared at her, police said.
Minutes later, another woman was accosted while entering her apartment in the 300 block of Carl Street, according to police. Read More
A man who prosecutors allege went on a 13-store Subway robbery spree will likely be dining on jail food for some time, after a judge Thursday ordered bail set at $1.25 million.
Police said forensic evidence led to the arrest of Damon Cooper, 40, at his Bayview district home on April 7, five months after stores were robbed in various parts of the city nearly every day for about three weeks between Oct. 14 and Nov. 6.
Prosecutors have charged Cooper with 12 counts of robbery, and one count of attempted robbery. Read More
City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s yearly missive warning about the dangers of alcoholic beverages marketed to youth arrived right on time Thursday, this time targeting Pabst Brewing Company’s “Blast by Colt 45” as a “fruit flavored binge-in-a-can.” Read More
Two friends thought they were playing with an unloaded gun at a Silver Terrace home earlier this month when one of them fired a shot into the back of the other’s head, killing him, the shooter’s attorney said Wednesday.The 15-year-old boy accused in the April 9 killing of Andy Zeng, 16, appeared in juvenile court Wednesday morning but once again postponed entering a plea to murder on the advice of his new attorney, Tony Tamburello, who said he is still reviewing evidence in the case. Read More
Two friends thought they were playing with an unloaded gun at a Silver Terrace home earlier this month when one of them fired a shot into the back of the other’s head, killing him, the shooter’s attorney said Wednesday. Read More
The former criminalist whose drug scandal ended drug testing by the police department and forced the dismissal of hundreds of criminal cases opened up in court Tuesday about her addiction but insisted that it had no impact on her performance in a nearly 30-year-old murder case.
Debbie Madden, 61, was called to testify in San Francisco Superior Court on Tuesday morning in the trial of Dwight Culton, accused in the April 6, 1984 murder of Joan Baldwin. It was the first nondrug case in which Madden has been called to testify since her retirement in 2009. Read More
Police combed an Inner Sunset neighborhood last weekend in response to two separate incidents in which women were groped late Friday and early Saturday.
Park Police Station Capt. Denis O’Leary said a female UC San Francisco employee was walking to her car in the 200 block of Lincoln Way at 11 p.m. Friday when she was approached from behind by a man with his pants down who groped her chest. She fought off the man and ran away. Read More
A homeless man allegedly shot by a store employee in the Haight following a dispute that began over a Chihuahua is suing the store’s owners, saying the incident left him permanently disabled.
Attorneys for Michael Stafford, who frequented Fred’s New Lite Market before the Feb. 9 shooting, filed the civil lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court on April 6. Read More
The body of a Marin County man presumed drowned last weekend when a boat sank in heavy seas off Ocean Beach washed ashore at Fort Funston Saturday, authorities confirmed Sunday.Roger Christiansen, 53, went missing the afternoon of April 9 after the 43-foot tugboat he and another man were on began taking on water about a half-mile offshore, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.The Coast Guard was able to rescue the second man from the frigid waters, but called off a search for Christiansen after about eight and a half hours. Read More
A 16-year-old girl survived a plunge off the Golden Gate Bridge late Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.Coast Guard Petty Officer David Font said the girl fell about 200 feet into the water from mid-span of the bridge at about 11 a.m.“When we rescued her she was conscious,” Font said.California Highway Patrol Sgt. Bryan Yops said the incident was believed to have been a suicide attempt. He said the girl was being treated for her injuries at Marin General Hospital. Read More
A dice game in the Bayview District turned bloody Saturday morning when one of the players got angry and shot the other player, San Francisco police said.Police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said a 30-year-old man was found shot in the neck at Third Street and La Salle Avenue, where he and another man had been playing dice on the sidewalk.Investigators believe that during the game, the suspect became enraged, got a gun from his car, and shot the victim, according to Dangerfield. Read More
You know that stuffed Siberian tiger you’ve always wanted? Yes, it would really tie the room together, but you should probably resist that tempting Craigslist ad.A Pacifica man is facing a possible federal prison sentence after admitting this week to selling endangered and protected wild animals, including a Siberian tiger, a polar bear and a black panther, on the classifieds website, according to federal prosecutors. Read More