A San Francisco man found mentally unfit to stand trial last year in connection with the 2009 fatal stabbing of an Excelsior District man outside his home has now been found competent and will be tried for murder. Read More
Does Cupid hang out at the library? The San Francisco Public Library seems to think so.The library is hosting its first-ever “literary speed-dating” events this week in honor of Valentine’s Day, with an event for straight singles tonight. A second event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community will be held Wednesday night.The events, geared toward adults in their 20s and 30s and limited to 36 participants per night, will give couples four or five minutes to interact before shuffling strangers. Read More
San Bruno police are searching for a man who jumped out of a car and opened fire on a group of people Friday night not far from the Caltrain station.Officers responded to the 500 block of Mastick Avenue at about 10 p.m. on a report of gunshots. One of the intended victims located by the officers told police that while he was walking on the sidewalk with friends they noticed a vehicle approach. The suspect, described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, got out of the car and opened fire on the group, then hopped back into the car and fled the area, police said. Read More
Due to long-term construction underway on the Dumbarton Bridge, Caltrans began closing lanes in each direction on the bridge Monday night to facilitate the seismic retrofit that is expected to be completed by August 2012.Motorists should expect overnight lane closures in either direction during the ongoing construction work, with up to two of the three bridge lanes in each direction affected. Read More
The California Supreme Court in San Francisco today upheld the death penalty of a Salinas man who killed an 11-year-old girl while burglarizing her home in 1998. Ronald Wayne Moore, now 58, was convicted in Monterey County Superior Court in 1999 of the first-degree murder of Nicole Carnahan on March 4, 1998. The jury also found a special circumstance of murder committed during a burglary and robbery, which provided the foundation for the death sentence given to Moore. Read More
A report of a man with a gun on campus prompted the evacuation of La Escuelita Elementary School in Oakland this afternoon. Officers responded to the school, located at 1100 Third Ave., after receiving the anonymous tip at 12:45 p.m., a school district spokesman said. "A man said he witnessed another man enter campus with a rifle and go into one of the buildings," Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint said. Read More
The fatal shooting of a 33-year-old man in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood on Sunday night was precipitated by a dispute over a cell phone, police said Monday.Two people, 29-year-old Antoine Gray and 18-year-old Toyia Taylor, were arrested early this morning after the 8:15 p.m. shooting in the 900 block of Connecticut Street on Sunday, according to police.The victim was identified Monday by the Medical Examiner’s Office as Sylvestri Brown, of San Francisco. Read More
Former eBay CEO and gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is expected to speak at a private event in Redwood City on Monday.Whitman is scheduled to address a group of about 50 female entrepreneurs and businesswomen at a women’s executive roundtable discussion and dinner hosted by the Bay Area Council, vice president of communications Joe Arellano said.The invitation-only event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Chantilly Restaurant in Redwood City, located at 3001 El Camino Real. Read More
The case of a woman who was killed and set ablaze in the Lower Haight neighborhood in San Francisco reportedly was related to domestic violence, prosecutors said Monday.
Almon Johnson, accused of killing the mother of his infant son and then burning her body and car in San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood last week, appeared in court for the first time Monday.
During a brief appearance in San Francisco Superior Court, 29-year-old Johnson agreed to postpone his arraignment on murder and arson charges. Read More
A man and woman were shot and killed in a souvenir shop near San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf on Sunday evening, and police have detained a man who may be connected to the shooting, a police spokesman said.
Officers responded to reports of a shooting at 269 Jefferson St. at about 8:20 p.m., according to a dispatcher at the San Francisco Fire Department.
Arriving crews found a man and woman who had been shot inside a store that sells souvenirs and luggage. They were pronounced dead at the scene, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said. Read More
One person was injured in a one-alarm fire in San Francisco's Mission District on Sunday morning, according to the fire department.
Units responded to reports of a fire in a home at 1141 S. Van Ness Ave. at about 5:05 a.m., officials said.
One occupant of the three-story residence was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with minor injuries, according to the fire department.
The blaze was declared under control at about 5:35 a.m.
Investigators believe the fire was ignited by faulty electricity wiring inside the home, according to the fire department. Read More
A second earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.4 was reported in the East Bay this morning, just minutes after an earlier quake shook the area.The aftershock was reported just before 3:20 a.m. and was centered in the same location -- four miles south of Danville and 11 miles east-northeast of Oakland, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The quake had a depth of 4.1 miles, the USGS said. Read More
Budget cuts have forced the San Mateo County Superior Court to stop accepting court papers for family law, civil, or probate cases in its South San Francisco courthouse, according to officials.The courthouse announced that its two-person family law and probate office in South San Francisco will be closed and anyone filing relevant documents will be redirected to the Redwood City courthouse.The closure helps the court to "better manage filings, balance workload and shift staff into other divisions in need of additional support," according to a statement. Read More
A transient man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after choking his girlfriend in a South San Francisco hotel Friday night, according to South San Francisco police.Derrick Taylor, 23, was arrested after allegedly punching and choking his 19-year-old girlfriend in a South San Francisco hotel at about 1:30 a.m. on Friday.The two had been arguing when Taylor struck the teenage woman with his fists and choked her. She fought Taylor off, fled to another room, and called the police, according to police. Read More
The dead body of a Terra Linda High School teacher was found Saturday afternoon, possibly in her backyard in Ross, according to police.
Debra Schmitt, 53, was found dead at about 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, possibly in the backyard of her home in Ross, said a police officer who didn't want to be named.
Schmitt was considered missing after she failed to show up to class the morning of Jan. 20 at Terra Linda High School at 320 Nova Albion Way in San Rafael. Read More