The shooting of a 9-year-old boy in the stomach in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood on Saturday has been determined to be accidental, although details of the event are still unclear, a police spokesman said. The shooting was reported around noon Saturday in the 1100 block of Turk Street, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said.Officers arrived to find the 9-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower abdomen, Esparza said. Read More
A judge Tuesday sentenced a San Francisco man to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of a police officer he struck and killed during a car chase in 2006.
San Francisco police Officer Nick-Tomasito Birco, 39, was in his patrol car when he was hit by a stolen van driven by Steven Petrilli on July 26, 2006.
Petrilli and two other men had committed four robberies in The City that night and were fleeing from police, according to prosecutors. Read More
A woman was flown to a hospital after being rescued from a cliff near a Half Moon Bay golf course on Monday afternoon, Coastside Fire Protection District officials said.Reports came in at about 2:50 p.m. that there was a person in distress on the cliffs near Half Moon Bay Golf Links, located at 2 Miramontes Point Road. Read More
Caltrans crews have finished excavation work on two tunnels on the San Mateo County coast that will allow motorists to bypass Devil’s Slide on state Highway 1 beginning next year.More than 314,000 cubic yards of soil, clay and rock has been removed during excavation of the two tunnels, which run beneath San Pedro Mountain just south of Pacifica, Caltrans District 4 Director Bijan Sartipi said.The tunnels are each 30 feet wide and about 4,200 feet long.Crews are continuing to work on installing electrical systems, insulation and lining on the inner tunnel walls. Read More
The San Francisco Department of Public Works is performing maintenance on the Great Highway today, work that was supposed to have started Monday, a spokesman said.The department was scheduled to begin a weeklong maintenance project Monday morning, but the work was postponed until 9 a.m. today.Great Highway will be closed to vehicle traffic between Lincoln Way and Sloat Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for one week.Workers will be trimming back vegetation from the medians to improve visibility and will be removing sand from the roadway. Read More
Bay Area airports are in a wait-and-see mode after a terror attack at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport that killed dozens of people earlier Monday.“It gives everyone in our industry a pause to review security,” San Jose International Airport spokesman David Vossbrink said.At least 35 people were killed and at least 140 were injured in Monday’s explosion, believed to be a suicide bombing, according to the latest reports. Read More
Firefighters are rescuing someone from the cliffs near the Half Moon Bay Golf Links Monday afternoon, a San Mateo County fire dispatcher said.Someone in distress was reported at 2:47 p.m. on the cliffs near the golf course, located at 2 Miramontes Point Road, the dispatcher said.He said rescue attempts were still under way as of 4:50 p.m., but did not have any additional information about the incident. Read More
A Southern California surfer who nearly drowned in the ocean off of Half Moon Bay on Saturday remained in critical condition this afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.Jacob Trette was airlifted to Stanford University Medical Center after he was caught in the surf by a 20-foot wave at Mavericks at about 10 a.m., Coastside Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Ari Delay said.Trette has been listed in critical condition since Saturday, when good Samaritans pulled him from the water and brought him to shore, Stanford Hospital spokeswoman Liat Kobza said. Read More
A man who climbed a San Francisco luxury residential tower in September took the witness stand Monday to explain his actions, which resulted in three misdemeanor charges being filed against him.Dan Goodwin, also known as SpiderDan, used suction cups to climb up the side of the Millennium Tower in the city's South of Market neighborhood on Labor Day, which was Sept. 6. Read More
The West Contra Costa Unified School District has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of a teenage girl who was beaten and gang raped outside Richmond High School's homecoming dance in October 2009, an attorney for the school district confirmed today.The school district signed the settlement in November, but didn't release specifics about the terms of the agreement because of concerns for the safety of the victim and her family, said Pleasant Hill attorney Timothy Murphy, who represented the school district in the civil case. Read More
A two-alarm blaze significantly damaged a butcher shop and shut down a neighboring sushi restaurant in Mountain View early Sunday afternoon, a fire spokeswoman said.
Firefighters responded to an employee-reported fire at Dittmer's Gourmet Meats and Wurst-Haus at 400 San Antonio Road at about 11:50 a.m., fire spokeswoman Jaime Garrett said.
Arriving crews found flames and smoke coming out of the butcher shop, and about 30 firefighters were called in to put out the blaze, Garrett said. Read More
A surfer was seriously injured at the Mavericks surfing spot in Half Moon Bay this morning, a Coastside Fire Protection District battalion chief said.
Firefighters responded shortly before 10 a.m. to a report of a man who was injured at the famous surfing spot, located about a half-mile from Pillar Point Harbor, Battalion Chief Ari Delay said.
The surfer, who is about 30 years old, apparently wiped out on a wave and was found face down in the water by someone who was nearby and took him to shore, Delay said. Read More
A 9-year-old boy was shot in the stomach in San Francisco's Western Addition neighborhood today, a police spokesman said.
The shooting was reported around noon in the 1100 block of Turk Street, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said.
Officers arrived to find the 9-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower abdomen, Esparza said.
The boy was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening, Esparza said.
Investigators do not yet know how the boy was shot, he said. Read More
Shifting sands on San Francisco's Great Highway can pose a roadway hazard, and city crews will close the road early next week while they reverse the work of Mother Nature along the roadway.
The city's Department of Public Works will close the Great Highway to vehicle traffic between Lincoln Way and Sloat Boulevard for one week beginning Monday.
Traffic will be diverted between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews trim vegetation from the medians to improve visibility. Read More
A report released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board has indicated there were faulty welds on a pipeline that exploded in a San Bruno neighborhood Sept. 9, claiming eight lives and destroying dozens of homes.
Line 132, which was installed under the Crestmoor Canyon neighborhood in 1956, was initially believed to be "seamless," according to PG&E, and not made of welded parts.
But the metallurgical report released Friday said a weld on the pipe had "overstress from the root of the weld." Read More