Five days after Charles Dowd, a 69-year-old San Mateo man, went missing from an Amtrak train headed from the Bay Area to Chicago, family members continue to be hopeful that he will be found safe.
Dowd’s wife, Patricia, said today that their two children, Jennifer and Kevin, are in Omaha, Neb., to hand out fliers and organize a search party near where their father was last seen Thursday by an Amtrak train conductor.
“They’re trying to rally a really big search party in Omaha today,” Patricia Dowd said. Read More
Two years ago, a nursing student was arrested at his San Francisco home and faced deportation because of his status as an undocumented immigrant. On Wednesday, that young man, Shing Ma “Steve” Li, was among several students who were honored at City Hall for completing a national summer internship program for undocumented youths. Read More
A few thousand law enforcement officers, government officials and community members gathered in Vacaville on Thursday morning to say goodbye to California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, who was fatally shot by a driver during a routine traffic stop last week.
The memorial service for the 37-year-old CHP officer and father of four at Mission Church in Vacaville drew a wide roster of state and local officials, including Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris. Read More
A man was arrested in the Bayview district last Saturday after police found several loaded weapons in his home, where three children also live.
Police detained Daron Raynaldo, 21, of San Francisco, after he exited his home in the 700 block of Missouri Street with his girlfriend and three children, police said.
Officers searched Raynaldo’s home and found a MAC-10 assault weapon, a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and a .22-caliber rifle with a cut-off stock, police said.
All of the weapons were loaded and within arm’s reach of all of the children, according to police. Read More
The man accused of killing a hairstylist in the Diamond Heights neighborhood in June pleaded not guilty to murder and residential robbery charges Thursday, prosecutors said.
James Rickleffs, 45, was arrested Sept. 2 in connection with the death of Steven “Eriq” Escalon, a 28-year-old who was found bound and gagged in his apartment in the 5000 block of Diamond Heights Boulevard on the evening of June 12, according to police. Read More
After receiving a D grade in a report compiled by local park advocates, West Portal Playground was the focus of a news conference Wednesday morning in support of a parks bond that will appear on the November ballot.
Supervisors Malia Cohen, Carmen Chu and Sean Elsbernd joined San Francisco Parks Alliance Executive Director Matthew O’Grady and others at the playground at 131 Lenox Way to encourage passage of Proposition B, a $195 million bond that would provide $15.5 million for playgrounds in need of renovation. Read More
The 49ers pumped up their fans Wednesday with a rally in advance of the team’s first home game of the season Sunday.
Hundreds of people attended the Red and Gold Rally in Justin Herman Plaza, where 49ers CEO Jed York and several former players lauded this year’s squad and also took some shots at the Detroit Lions, the team’s opponent in Sunday’s game at Candlestick Park.
York said he hopes 49ers fans make the team’s stadium “the most intimidating atmosphere in the National Football League.” Read More
A recent crackdown aimed at curtailing drug sales and violent crime around schools in San Francisco’s Bayview, Mission and Tenderloin neighborhoods netted 25 arrests, police said.
Over a two-week period that began Aug. 20, San Francisco police conducted seven “buy bust” operations in the three districts as part of “Operation Safe Schools.” Read More
Police are asking for the public’s help in determining who killed a young man on a busy San Francisco thoroughfare in April.
Lawrence Richardson, 21, was shot multiple times shortly after 10:30 p.m. on April 2 as he was leaving a grocery store at the intersection of Divisadero and Eddy streets.
He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He is survived his mother, father, and his 1-year-old daughter, according to police. Read More
A man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting in July of a Gilroy man was arrested Monday at the Mexican border, Gilroy police said. Read More
A man who allegedly attacked a police officer and a park ranger with a tree branch in Golden Gate Park on Sunday has been identified by police as 39-year-old William Henry Deegan.
Deegan, who is a transient, was arrested after an incident that began around 10 a.m. Sunday when he was approached by a park ranger in a forested area of the park near Transverse Drive, police Officer Albie Esparza said.
During the interaction, Deegan became violent, striking the ranger with the tree limb, Esparza said. Read More
A Grass Valley man was arrested for allegedly attacking another man Sunday evening in a restroom at AT&T Park during a Giants game against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
Christopher Torii Smith, 26, was arrested in connection with the attack, which was reported at 6:42 p.m. Sunday, police Officer Albie Esparza said.
Smith reportedly approached the 21-year-old victim in a ballpark restroom and began hitting him. The victim fell to the ground and Smith continued attacking him, Esparza said. Read More
A man was shot and killed in the 2300 block of East 22nd Street in East Oakland on Thursday afternoon, police said.
It was the second fatal shooting in Oakland on Thursday.
In an early morning incident, police said, 24-year-old MiAndrew Rachel of Emeryville was found dead in the 900 block of West MacArthur Boulevard .
No arrests had been reported in either incident as of Thursday night. Read More
A police pursuit from San Pablo into Richmond on Wednesday night ended with an officer shooting and injuring a suspected car thief, a Richmond police lieutenant said Thursday.
A San Pablo police officer who had chased the suspect into Richmond shot and wounded the alleged thief on Rydin Road near Central Avenue, Richmond police Lt. Bisa French said.
The shooting occurred just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, she said, adding that she did not know the suspect’s condition.San Pablo police were not immediately available to comment on the shooting. Read More
A 17-year-old boy believed to have been one of two people in a car that rammed and shot at a California Highway Patrol vehicle in Oakland earlier this summer was arrested in East Palo Alto on Wednesday, police said.
Oakland police, CHP officers and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Kenyon Thomas of Oakland in the 1400 block of Bay Street in East Palo Alto about 11 a.m., according to Oakland police.
Police had been searching for Thomas since July 21, when a CHP officer attempted to pull over a van near the 800 block of 50th Avenue in Oakland. Read More