Three people were injured in a shooting in Oakland on Thursday evening, a police spokeswoman said.The shooting was reported at 5:02 p.m. in the 5500 block of Scoville Street, Oakland police Officer Holly Joshi said.Three victims were hospitalized with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, Joshi said.No arrests have been made and no suspect information was immediately available Thursday morning, Joshi said. Read More
A surfer was pulled out to sea by the riptide near San Francisco's Ocean Beach and was lost in the water for at least a half-hour Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Crews responded to reports of a stranded male surfer at Ocean Beach near China Beach at about 10:15 a.m. The surfer's friend who initially made the call was concerned when the two didn't meet at a stairwell at Ocean Beach as planned, Petty Officer Laura Alcon said. Read More
Grenades were found Thursday morning in a residential garage in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood, prompting the closure of surrounding streets for nearly two hours while the devices were safely removed, a police spokesman said.About five or six devices, believed to be live grenades, were found at about 7:15 a.m. at a home in the 600 block of Potrero Avenue, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said. Read More
Possibly explosive devices have been found Thursday morning in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood, prompting a closure of several surrounding streets, a police spokesman said.Grenades were found at about 7:15 a.m. in a building in the 600 block of Potrero Avenue, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.Bomb technicians were at the scene as of 8 a.m. to investigate the devices, Dangerfield said.“We’re not sure whether they’re real or fake,” he said. Read More
An 81-year-old San Francisco woman remained hospitalized today with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a pickup truck in the Mission District Tuesday afternoon, police said.The woman was hit at 17th and Guerrero streets at about 3:30 p.m., according to police.Police said the woman had been walking in a crosswalk on Guerrero Street when the driver of a Dodge Ram pickup traveling on 17th Street turned left on a green light and struck her.The woman suffered serious head trauma, police said. Read More
A man accused of killing a Sacramento woman and then burning her body and car in San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood last week pleaded not guilty to murder and arson charges in court Wednesday, prosecutors said.Almon Johnson, 29, entered the pleas in San Francisco Superior Court this morning, according to the district attorney's office. His next court date is Feb. 23.Johnson allegedly killed 23-year-old Vanessa Herrera, the mother of his 7-month-old son, in Sacramento some time between Jan. 23 and Jan. 24, according to prosecutors. Read More
A San Francisco boyfriend and girlfriend charged with the murder of a man over the use of his cell phone on Sunday made their first appearance in court today.Antoine Grays, 29, and Toyia Taylor, 18, were arrested early Monday morning following the shooting of 33-year-old Sylvestri Brown, of San Francisco, outside a Potrero Hill apartment complex.Brown was found shot once in the upper body in the 900 block of Connecticut Street at about 8:15 p.m. Sunday, according to police. Read More
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his plan to reduce California's carbon footprint today at the State of Green Business Forum in San Francisco.The forum was sponsored by Oakland-based GreenBiz Group, a company that seeks to help professionals integrate sustainable business practices into their routines.Joel Makower, GreenBiz Group chairman and executive editor, opened the discussion by praising Newsom's green efforts as San Francisco's mayor. Read More
A car struck and killed a coyote near San Francisco’s Presidio on Wednesday morning, and traffic was significantly stalled near the crash, a police spokeswoman said.Police responded to reports of a coyote body on Park Presidio Boulevard near Lake Street just before 7 a.m., San Francisco police Lt. Lyn Tomioka said.A responding officer found the body on the northbound side of the street in the fast lane, Tomioka said.“The coyote was very dead and creating a hazard,” she said. “Cars in the adjacent lanes were trying to avoid it.” Read More
A woman charged with supplying the gun used to fatally shoot a teenager at a party in Redwood City in 2004 was sentenced to five years in prison in San Mateo County Superior Court on Wednesday.Ana Cervantes, 26, pleaded no contest Wednesday morning to two felony charges of accessory to murder in connection with a gang shooting that occurred at a quinceanera, or 15th birthday party, at Red Morton Park on April 17, 2004, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.Cervantes also admitted to being affiliated with the Sureno street gang, Wagstaffe said. Read More
A souvenir shop worker at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf who is accused of murdering two workers at the business next door Sunday night is being held at San Francisco General Hospital and failed to appear in court for arraignment Tuesday. Read More
When Layma Murtaza touched down at Cairo International Airport in late August 2010, the first image she saw was of families sitting on the floor, yelling and having a picnic as they waited for their luggage.
But when civil unrest erupted across Egypt last week, the Newark resident studying abroad was among thousands anxiously scrambling to board a plane out of the country.
"We just knew we had to get out when we heard gun shots in our neighborhood and outside of our doors," Murtaza wrote in an e-mail message from Zurich, where she managed to evacuate safely Monday. Read More
A lottery ticket sold in San Francisco is worth more than $290,000 following Tuesday’s drawing, a California Lottery spokesman said Wednesday.The Mega Millions ticket was purchased at Eastern Newsstand, located at 1 California St. in The City’s Financial District. It matched five of six numbers and is worth $291,031, spokesman Elias Dominguez said.The winning numbers in Tuesday’s drawing were 16, 23, 35, 26 and 22, with a Mega number of 31. The ticket only missed the Mega number. Read More
Since the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for U.S. citizens traveling in Egypt, which remains in a tumultuous period of political instability, 19 University of California students and at least 13 other adults have been transported from the country.According to the university’s Office of the President, the group — which included a team of archeologists, faculty and a parent — was taken to Barcelona and is expected to return to California later this week. Read More
Police have beefed up patrols in the 19th Avenue Park area of San Mateo following a rash of gang-related graffiti discovered late Friday night.Vandals struck the neighborhood near the 1700 block of South Delaware Street and left their spray-painted marks on homes, including exterior walls, garage doors and a few fences, Sgt. Dave Norris said."It looks like it happened sometime in the late evening," Norris said, adding that calls came in just after midnight on Saturday."Our gang unit is looking into it," Norris said. Read More